2 Things To Avoid Spending Time On Scrapping

Posted: May 10, 2020


Welcome back scrappers to the Rockaway Recycling blog. Today we’ll discuss how to not waste too much time preparing your scrap.

Don’t Waste Time on E-Scrap

scrap computer towerWe’ll go with E-scrap. If you are just an occasional recycler of PC equipment the breakdown is almost not worth the time. Granted the individual components are worth more separately but they just don’t weigh that much. The majority of the weight from a PC tower comes from the case itself while the individual components round up to about 6 pounds.

As for laptops the only valuable items or the board itself, the battery, and the hard drive, therefore I wouldn’t consider dismantling. The moral of the story is if you only have a few I wouldn’t bother taking them apart but if you are a major recycler of quantity then yes dismantling would be encouraged.

Don’t Waste Time on TVs

As far as TV’s, appliances and everything else with a simple printed circuit board I wouldn’t waste my time. They are generally low priced and a lot more hassle than it’s worth. One way to improve the scrap though is to cut the wires off the power supplies. It downgrades the supply itself but the copper wire is ultimately more valuable. We do not accept TVs at our facility, therefore unless you are taking apart the mentioned items, you should contact your local municipality for their recycling resources.

When In Doubt Think Of Time

Keep in mind how many hours you spend scrapping and estimate how valuable your time is in comparison to the current scrap prices. If you are spending too much time and not getting the return, it may be time to handle your scrap differently.

I hope this proves helpful and keep on scrappin’. Be sure to also check out our Facebook page for tips, price updates, events like our BBQ’s and more.


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