Your Green Life: "Scrap for Cash"

By KBJR News 1

April 12, 2012 Updated Apr 12, 2012 at 8:06 AM CDT

Spring is in the air, and for many Northlanders that means its time for spring cleaning.
But instead of throwing that old scrap metal in the garbage, why not get some cash for it?

"If you have got just a little bit of scrap that you don't want to put into the solid waste system, we'll certainly take it and most of the material that comes in here has a value." Says Lynn Bergstedt

Lynn Bergstedt is the general manager at Azcon, a scrap yard that pays you money for that old rusty appliance.
Taking old scrap metal and recycling it has been an American practice for centuries.

"This industry virtually is the original green industry. Recycling has been around since the 1800's." said Bergstedt

According to the EPA, in 2010 Americans produced about 250 million tons of trash.
But we are recycling more than ever. In 1980 Americans recycled under 10% of waste, compared to 34% recycled in 2010.

Bergstedt says "Anything that doesn't have to hit the solid waste system and can be recycled back into your cars, your appliances."

The more we recycle, the less we have to mine, manufacture, and ship metal products.
By recycling your old metals we can also create a stronger economy by putting more money in American pockets.

"Once it is manufactured, the majority of our material stays in the United States and goes to the steel mills in the United States." said Bergstedt

And with the economy the way it is, it wouldn't hurt to have a little extra cash, while knowing your doing the right thing.

"A lot of people do it because they feel good about it, a lot of people do it because of economics." says Bergstedt

In Duluth, Adam Lorch, The Northlands News Center.

Lynn says that they keep about 90 million pounds of scrap metal from going to the dump every year.

In Memory of Rick LeBlanc.