Your Green Life: "Mike's Recycling"

By KBJR News 1

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 7:36 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
Old structures must be torn down to build new ones. But there is one man devoted to recycling all that he can from old structures.

Mike Giddings, the Owner of Mike's Recycling told me, "Years ago they never recycled, everything went into the landfill and it was like nobody really cared but now people see how fast the landfills are filling up and they're not going to be forever, we're not going to have them."

The trash crisis will only grow in the future if we don't start doing our part now. In one year Giddings has been able to keep, literally, tons of material out of landfills.

"I brought in over 40 tons of metals, and that was mainly trailer house frames, plumbing out of houses, I haven't done my brass yet, I've done a couple tons of copper this year." says Giddings.

He doesn't just recycle metals either.

Giddings said, "Got newer siding or vinyl siding we'll strip it off and sell it in a big pile. Rather than just smash it, most companies just smash it and toss it, we don't do that."

From timbers to appliances to metals, Giddings finds a way to make a buck and keep trash out of landfills.

"Everybody has a scrap pile, I don't care who it is, they generate recyclables. From cans to plastics to paper to cardboard, and its all worth something to somebody." Giddings said.

Mikes Recycling also has other services such as a moving service.
To get current prices for scrap metal call your local scrap yard, prices chance daily!

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