Recycling metal frames?

Leslie S.

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Does anyone know if metal frame samples can be recycled? I have just culled all the discontinued samples, and I have an HUGE pile of them. I have removed the hardware, but not the labels. I just can't stand to put stuff in the landfill if I can help it. (The only place around here does cans only...they looked at me like I had three eyeballs when I showed them a sample!)

Thanks in advance,
Leslie
 
Yep,
It's all top grade aluminum and should get top pennies per pound. Look for a recycler in your area and call...see what they are offering for clean aluminum. I can't remember the amount for sure but I got somewhere between .40 & .50/lb. last time I loaded up the scrap.
 
I took a whole bunch of aluminum samples to a recycling place years ago and they were thrilled and monetarily grateful.

The price/pound was somewhat higher than it was for cans. They told me it was a better grade of aluminum.

You just need to find a different recycler.

Given the current going rate for aluminum, it probably WOULDN'T be practical for you to mail them to me for recycling.
 
As scrap aluminum you will get about $.50 - $.60 per pound. This figure was as of last fall when I took in about 300 pounds.

This was 2 years of scrap from buying length and cutting chops on site as well as discontinued corner samples. And yes, you have to take the steel corner hardware off each and every sample to get the price.
 
Great! Thanks for the replies. I have already removed the hardware, but do I need to take off the little paper labels for it to be considered "clean"?
 
I may be a little off here, but aluminum frames, I think, are finished using Chromium (a heavy metal) which is very toxic to the environment. They are quite unlike aluminum Coke cans which are reused to make other aluminum Coke cans which are …

As such the residual Chromium finish on your corner samples cannot be used for drink containers and shouldn’t be popped into the recycle bin – sort of like the leaded glass we use cannot be recycled into drink containers, either.

Perhaps you could contact Clark or Nielsen. Maybe they have facilities to recycle their own product.
 
We have a recycler here that comes by when we call picks up the aluminum molding scrap, weighs it and pays us cash for it on the spot.
 
I recycle the old corner samples by selling them.

Match up like profiles and create bi-colored square frames. I sell them for between $ 5.00 and $ 15.00 each depending on the profile, color combination, and how scratched up they are. Cut up some throw away linen and other interesting mat board scraps and insert them into the frames. Excellent for costume jewelry and other 3-D collectibles.

Put scrap mirror in them and you've got an item that's hot hot hot.

If you don't want to deal with it, give them to a church group or other deserving organization. They'd love you for it.

I ran a contest with my 12 year old son one Saturday to see who could put together the most in one hour. He beat me (I let him) and the method to my madness was he's now trained in assembling metal frames and helps me when I've got orders that I do assembly-line-fashion. It was good fun too.

Dave Makielski

"Pull together, get farther, faster."
 
I bring ours in about 4-5 times a year. Have to bring in at least 150lbs to make it worth the drive/time. Just brought some to the scrap yard last Thursday, .49 a pound. They do not need the paper off the metal to be considered "clean".

If you have multiple scrap yards in your area call ands ask what they pay per pound, they vary by about .12 around here. A place that recycles cans will be the one who pays the least amount.
 
Like Tim, we have a service that picks up and pays on the spot. We have a 55gal drum and fill it every so often. We fill it with shorts and end cuts.

Used to be we actually got some nice money (put it into the soda fund); now, it hardly pays for itself.

We don't do anything except throw it into the drum
 
DOUGJ - PLEASE 'SPLAIN SHELF BRACKETS - HOW ABOUT A TUTORIAL?

Didja know that ALL CAPS is considered YELLING on the internet???

Welcome to the Grumble!

The 6x6 frames make great "last minute" frames at holidays and also as freebies to reward customers. Sometimes I make them with 4 different colored sides - great for kid's art!
 
Originally posted by Framar:
DOUGJ - PLEASE 'SPLAIN SHELF BRACKETS - HOW ABOUT A TUTORIAL?

Didja know that ALL CAPS is considered YELLING on the internet???

Welcome to the Grumble!

The 6x6 frames make great "last minute" frames at holidays and also as freebies to reward customers. Sometimes I make them with 4 different colored sides - great for kid's art!
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