Recycling with a Profit

Everyone knows I’m all about reducing clutter.  As a matter fact I may have vowed on this very blog that I wouldn’t bring anything new into the house without getting rid of something.

I could just picture this monstrosity in the driveway for a few months.

Imagine my horror when Charlie loaded into the car and brought home the above enormous, non-working air conditioner!!! He assured me “it’s worth something.”

A few days later he had it all apart and loaded the parts back into the car.

The top 2 items are worth something, the bottom 2 not so much.

We drove the constituent pieces down the road  a few miles to our local non-ferrous recycling business.  (For some reason they did not want their name in the photos so I blocked it out.  They have 6 locations throughout Maryland.)

They open for business early.

Charlie unloaded the various parts: a motor, some aluminum, some wires.  The recycler’s agent weighed each different thing.

The recycling operation is compact and well-organized.

When everything was weighed and counted Charlie went to the cashier.

Some bins are kept inside a large garage.

He was presented with $35.65.  (I had guessed about $35 although I had no basis whatsoever for my guess.)

We have proof that an old air conditioner is worth over $35.

It just goes to prove one man’s junk is another man’s trip to his favorite Mexican restaurant.

Do you deal in old junk?

Sidebar: Apparently on Wednesdays Senior Citizens get an additional premium.

Seniors get a bonus on Wednesday.

When questioned the agent said it really only applied to aluminum cans.  We were there on Thursday and weren’t cashing in cans.


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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