Farm Scrap

One of the best environmental activities the federal government could assist, if it must assist, is providing a short term subsidy for scrap metal.  This one thing could clean up farms, ranches, dead car lots, any scrap metal lying around.  Generations of farm rubbish has been thrown in ditches and draws and would be cleaned up and turned into cash.  Win – win for environment and farmers, but not the third win for new metal producers: they would take a short term hit in sales that would definitely hurt.

However, for the past several years, scrap metal prices have moved between 2 cents a pound to its current 4 cents a pound here locally.  ($80/ton)  Clearly not enough to make it worthwhile to load it, strap it down securely, drive 30 minutes to the nearest facilty, then unload it by hand as well.

Cheers!

tauna

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I loaded this bit in about 30 minutes.  I weigh the truck, load, weigh the truck loaded, strap it down tight, then drive to Chillicothe, MO about 30 minutes away.  This load weighed 775 lbs and only yielded $31.  Sad, sad.

3 thoughts on “Farm Scrap”

  1. At least you tried to do your part… that’s a lot of effort though to drive 30 miles for a $31 ROI. At least you had a somewhat scenic drive. That area of MO is really lovely with its rolling hills.

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    1. yes, it is a lot of effort and not cost effective; we try to covey up several reasons for going to Chillicothe and having a load of mineral or salt for the cattle to haul back. Makes it a bit more worthwhile that way. Thank you for your comment!

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