Saturday, April 19, 2008

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle


This is a picture of a portion of "what the hell do we do with it now" row at my mom and step-dad's place. Any farm or ranch that has been in existance for more than 10-20 years has one of these. Well, I found the solution for most of it...

On Thursday my plans to go to the ranch and trim horses and clean were changed because Chris needed me to come to Rapid City to pick him up. He was having the protective coating put on his suburban and they needed to keep it for a couple days. I decided this was as good a time as any to haul a bunch of junk that was sitting around here up to the recycling place in RC. I mean you really can't take a load up just to take a load up with the price of fuel these days. So, I scrambled around loading junk pieces of tin from the house in town and at mom's and at the ranch. I threw on a bunch of old cable that came off the barn when they re-tinned the roof and pretty much any scrap piece of metal that would fit in the pickup. I topped it off with 3 old lawn mowers that were unrepairable and seven(yes 7) old batteried that had accumulated.

Really, my only concern was just being able to get this junk the hell out of here. It's ugly, unusable and dangerous.

I have heard everyone saying that scrap iron prices have really gone up so I figured it might be worth a little bit. Wow!! I might have a new hobby. That pickup load of junk cashed out at $96.70. Now that is a deal you just can't beat. Got rid of useless crap and have cash in hand. Unprepared(not crushed) scrap iron is bringing $130 a ton. Mom and step-dad are excited too. I can see my step-dad doing a mental inventory of what is in his junk rows and deciding what can go. I will have to go take inventory at the ranch too. Looks like I will be busy sorting junk for awhile...

7 comments:

Pony Girl said...

Must have been good to feel like you were cleaning up the junk, recylcing it, and making a few bucks in the process!!
I have the weekend free, wish I had some scrap metal to recycle! Hee!

I'm Mikey said...

Hmmmm.... looking around... maybe I need to do that too...

Mrs Mom said...

hehehe-- I can see it now-- theres going to be a rash of scrappers in the equine blogosphere, all talking of their accomplishments... ;)

Mikey, I can hear those wheels turning there! (Its a good thing WADE does not have anything you could pry off him to recycle in his sleep...)

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That picture brings back memories. When I was 4, I think, I visited my great aunt's farm in South Dakota. When she passed away, she left her land to my mother. I didn't know about it until after my mother sold it. I was furious. I would have loved to take care of that farm. It's hard to find that kind of land and space.

Callie said...

Wow, I've got a garage full of ex's heavy machine tools that have sat here for 8 years. Lots of iron. May have to make a few phone calls, but would love to get rid of it! And make some cash!

Rising Rainbow said...

Geez, and we've been taking ours down to the bin where my husband works. I guess we're missing out on a source of revenue.

BarnGoddess said...

holy smokes, I bet Ive got some bucks laying around here...

it sounded like you had your work cut out for you!