Price Of Scrap Metal Causing More People To Recycle

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Aside from having that 9 to 5 job, more people are now recycling anything from their old lawn mower or washer and dryer for a little pocket money.

"All the metals, you can recycle, all the metals," Recycler, John Hudson said.

Many of us may have what's called 'junk' laying around the house, but not everyone is aware of how much it might be worth.

"When the prices go down it's hard to find the material, but when they go up more people start buying it," Hudson said.

"We are up about $200 compared to last year, so you can earn quite a bit of money by bringing in material," CMC Recycling Marketing Manager, Jack Palmore said.

Officials at Commercial Metal say prices for metals mainly steel, aluminum and copper are expected to continue to go up within the next month, and already, people are eager to get that extra dough into their pockets.

"A lot of people are doing it to provide for their families. You see people collecting cans on the side of the road since the prices have gone up," Palmore said.

It's common for valuable scrap material to be easily ignored since most is easily categorized as junk.

"There's a lot of metal around business buildings that's just sitting around. Sometimes people don't know that it can buy a company party with what you recycle," Palmore said.

While most metal materials can be recycled, Commercial Metal says anything that is radioactive can't be processed for cash.