Today we drove our redneck reconstructed 1994 Dodge Ram pickup to recycle with metal, insulated copper, and cans. We received in cash:
sheet metal-shreddable, 220 lb@ 0.11/lb=24.20 (a Christmas tree, metal pipes from a construction site long box, some sort of a small but heavy iron stove found semi-buried in ground near our apartment that we got permission to dig up, underground pump from same site, a vacuum cleaner, part of an iron, some tin cans and some discarded Dollar Store shelves).
Insulated copper, 16 lb @ 1.15/lb=18.40 (cords cut from above said stove and pump, iron and vacuum cord, a DSL blue cord, other cords on ground).
Aluminum cans, 9 lb @0.60/lb=5.40 (picked up from side of road during walks, and retrieved from various dumpsters around our apartment complex).
On the way home we swung by the grocery dumpster and got seven packages of center cut pork loin chops, three beefsteak tomatoes, two Cokes, two Orange Crushes and a Dr. Pepper, Vanilla Wafers, a brick of Havarti cheese, and two heads of cauliflower.
Put three quarts of oil and some gas in the truck, at 2.97/gallon, just before the price went up to 3.06/gallon.
At home we swung by a dumpster and picked up cooking oil, yeast, hot chocolate, baked beans, seasonings, Crisco and ten pounds of flour.
It was almost time to fire up the grill. We froze three packages of pork loin chops, because they were ‘freeze or use by 2/19 and 2/25 and today is 2/15. The others needed to be cooked by today, which we did. While my husband was grilling, I prepared the dumpster salad: beefsteak tomatoes and sliced sweet onions with oil and balsamic vinegar drizzle, cracked pepper, dash of salt, the steamed veggies: cauliflower and sliced red and yellow peppers with lemon juice and cracked pepper, and heated baked beans.
All of this was served on restaurant plates, (over-sized stone wear) from the dumpster, with flatwear from the dumpster, and festive napkins, also from the dumpster, drinks in glasses from the dumpster, and the veggies were cut with a really nice knife from the dumpster, while the beans were heated in a microwave also retrieved, brand new, from the dumpster. Lunch, I might add, warm barbecue sandwiches on wheat with lettuce and tomato, was served on fine china, all from dumpsters as well.
I am stuffed, but we have Havarti cheese and fresh strawberries to fall back on for desert.
Metal prices today are:
Insulated copper (any cord that plugs into something): 1.15/lb. If you strip these wires, they bring 3.00/lb.
Sheet aluminum and aluminum cans: 0.60/lb.
Yellow brass: 1.45/lb
Stainless steel: 0.60/lb.
Sheet metal (see above, this is basically any scrap metal you can pick up): $220/ton
Talk to you all soon!