Scrap Metal Pickup in Canberra?

By 22 January, 2013 40

Just wondering does anyone know of scrap metal dealers who still come and collect items for free? 

Seems according to some of the merchants I’ve spoken to, there is no money in picking up scrap metal and they are happy to take your unwanted metal, so long as you either deliver it to them or pay for the privelage of having it picked up. 

I thought steel was in short supply?

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40 Responses to Scrap Metal Pickup in Canberra?
#1
Holden Caulfield10:25 am, 22 Jan 13

Ezy Scrap.

They used to have a website, too, where you could lodge a collection request. But can’t seem to find it, best to call using the numbers on the above link.

#2
460cixy10:30 am, 22 Jan 13

Ezy crap are bust I heard they have not picked up the scrap from work in months. The arse has well and truly fell out of scrap metal

#3
Innovation10:35 am, 22 Jan 13

Last time I spoke to Ezy Scrap two or three months ago they charged $55 for a pickup because of the drop in metal prices. I heard the other day that prices are going back up so perhaps things have changed.

#4
460cixy10:53 am, 22 Jan 13

What exactly do you want picked up?

#5
p110:59 am, 22 Jan 13

Couple of years ago Ezy scrap paid me $100 and came picked up a smallish car for me. Couple of weeks ago a work colleague couldn’t find someone who would pick up a couple of cars for free. I assume it is a simple function of scrap value * AUD value.

#6
MrMagoo11:10 am, 22 Jan 13

Yes Ezyscrap have proven until this morning hard to corner. They no longer pick up for free, charing $22. Or you can take it too them. SIMS Metal advised the same basically saying there’s no value in free pick ups to them. 460 its an old dishwasher, no longer working

#7
Rollersk8r11:12 am, 22 Jan 13

Innovation said :

Last time I spoke to Ezy Scrap two or three months ago they charged $55 for a pickup because of the drop in metal prices. I heard the other day that prices are going back up so perhaps things have changed.

Interesting. I’ve used Ezy Scrap many times without charge. And was wondering why the neighbour’s had a huge pile of fencing and other scrap metal out on the kerb for months!

#8
460cixy12:19 pm, 22 Jan 13

If it was cars or parts I could of helped you out but not interested in white goods sorry

#9
Holden Caulfield12:24 pm, 22 Jan 13

Ahh, sorry for the dud info then. Last time I used Ezy Scrap would have been around May–June last year and I lodged everything via their website. I disposed of an old oven and heater, plus some unwanted building waste, they collected for free and without hassle.

#10
Mike Bessenger12:55 pm, 22 Jan 13

Lots of ezy scrap stories getting around.
I was talking to a guy just before Christmas that was charged $60 for a car body to be removed.
About a week later I called ezy scrap as I had a pile of scrap metal to be collected and they came with no charge.
I asked the driver what the changes where and he said that they got rid of all but one truck (the tilt tray) and had really downsized, but as far as he knew they were still doing free collections and paying $50 for complete cars.

#11
460cixy1:14 pm, 22 Jan 13

Yeah they used to take everything I just take the odd car here and there a bloke I work with has a property near braidwood with about 1200 cars on it. Just waiting for the price To go through the roof again

#12
AAMC2:41 pm, 22 Jan 13

460cixy said :

Yeah they used to take everything

I just take the odd car here and there a bloke I work with has a property near braidwood with about 1200 cars on it. Just waiting for the price To go through the roof again

Any Valiants?

#13
Basilbrush3:20 pm, 22 Jan 13

Ezy Scrap charge $22 for one item; $33 for a few; $55 for a trailer load and $88 for a small truck. No freebies anymore people.

Canberra Rubbish Removal charge $55 for up to 6 items (so similar to a trailer load).

#14
Piratepete3:23 pm, 22 Jan 13

I also recently went through this. Ezy scrap are $55 to collect, Scrap metal.com.au don’t collect and CWS collect for $15.

Samarkos at the Mugga tip (up the hill) accept it for free but you have to take it there obviously. That is what we did as we have a trailer.

Previously we had Ezy scrap come get some stuff for free. All the companies advised the price of steel has gone down so not worth driving around collecting it.

#15
Leo613:29 pm, 22 Jan 13

I tried the same thing last week. No one will collect my old stove for free. Looks like a trip to Sims metals.

#16
Rusalka4:00 pm, 22 Jan 13

We’ve used Ezy Scrap for years, last in August and they were still free. We needed to get rid of a dead car in November and it was going to cost $50ish. We looked around, but couldn’t find anything or anyone else who would do it for free or cheaper.

So on Tuesday Ezy Scrap came and took the car (much to the neighbours delight no doubt). After 2 months, $50 didn’t seem that big a deal anymore.

#17
dungfungus4:06 pm, 22 Jan 13

There is always the charity clothing bins. Why not? – a lot of people dump all their rubbish next to them and as far as I am aware no one has been caught and prosecuted despite all the tough talk from TAMS.
Still also waiting for a report that someone has been prosecuted for failing to pick up their dog’s poop and for anyone to be summonsed for riding a bicycle across a pedestrian crossing instead of dismounting and walking with the bike.

#18
Rangi4:19 pm, 22 Jan 13

I took 2 trailer loads of scrap metal to Sims, they paid for it, but then deducted a hefty rubbish dumping fee, WTF, how can there be a dumping fee when you are selling the stuff to someone?

#19
Innovation4:21 pm, 22 Jan 13

It’s amazing what you can get in a garbage bin with an angle grinder and a bit of patience…..

#20
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd4:28 pm, 22 Jan 13

yo ferals who live on mirrool st Duffy, now would be a good time to advertise your services.

#21
dungfungus5:48 pm, 22 Jan 13

Innovation said :

It’s amazing what you can get in a garbage bin with an angle grinder and a bit of patience…..

After all, and old stove is household rubbish if the recyclers are not interested in it. Heaps of recycled stuff goes into landfill anyway.

#22
Innovation6:14 pm, 22 Jan 13

dungfungus said :

Innovation said :

It’s amazing what you can get in a garbage bin with an angle grinder and a bit of patience…..

After all, and old stove is household rubbish if the recyclers are not interested in it. Heaps of recycled stuff goes into landfill anyway.

Actually I was being flippant and prefer to recycle as much as possible. But the ACT Government could instigate (and fund while the prices are low) a scheduled metal collection day in each suburb. Would probably be more cost effective than green bins anyway. Another idea would be to use a forum like RA to coordinate bulk suburban collection days where people in a suburb split the $55 cost for EzyScrap to pick up stuff in their suburb.

#23
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd6:45 pm, 22 Jan 13

Innovation said :

dungfungus said :

Innovation said :

It’s amazing what you can get in a garbage bin with an angle grinder and a bit of patience…..

After all, and old stove is household rubbish if the recyclers are not interested in it. Heaps of recycled stuff goes into landfill anyway.

Actually I was being flippant and prefer to recycle as much as possible. But the ACT Government could instigate (and fund while the prices are low) a scheduled metal collection day in each suburb. Would probably be more cost effective than green bins anyway. Another idea would be to use a forum like RA to coordinate bulk suburban collection days where people in a suburb split the $55 cost for EzyScrap to pick up stuff in their suburb.

Nope. First idea. Government should implement a scrap collection. Don’t feel guilty until they do.

#24
Sandman7:39 pm, 22 Jan 13

Innovation said :

dungfungus said :

Innovation said :

It’s amazing what you can get in a garbage bin with an angle grinder and a bit of patience…..

After all, and old stove is household rubbish if the recyclers are not interested in it. Heaps of recycled stuff goes into landfill anyway.

Actually I was being flippant and prefer to recycle as much as possible. But the ACT Government could instigate (and fund while the prices are low) a scheduled metal collection day in each suburb. Would probably be more cost effective than green bins anyway. Another idea would be to use a forum like RA to coordinate bulk suburban collection days where people in a suburb split the $55 cost for EzyScrap to pick up stuff in their suburb.

Or you could take responsibility for your own consumerism and drop off your metal to the Mitchell or Mugga Lane facilities. They don’t charge you for straight scrap metal. I don’t see any reason whatsoever for the government to fund any kind of collection facility.

#25
c_c™7:54 pm, 22 Jan 13

Innovation said :

dungfungus said :

Innovation said :

It’s amazing what you can get in a garbage bin with an angle grinder and a bit of patience…..

After all, and old stove is household rubbish if the recyclers are not interested in it. Heaps of recycled stuff goes into landfill anyway.

Actually I was being flippant and prefer to recycle as much as possible. But the ACT Government could instigate (and fund while the prices are low) a scheduled metal collection day in each suburb. Would probably be more cost effective than green bins anyway. Another idea would be to use a forum like RA to coordinate bulk suburban collection days where people in a suburb split the $55 cost for EzyScrap to pick up stuff in their suburb.

Really? You folks can’t hand over $55 bucks to responsibly dispose of an appliance that would have originally cost thousands of dollars?

Take some responsibility.

#26
Girt_Hindrance9:58 pm, 22 Jan 13

Innovation said :

It’s amazing what you can get in a garbage bin with an angle grinder and a bit of patience…..

This^^^ I’ve disposed of half a car so far, a few months and the rest of it will be done.

#27
thatsnotme10:09 pm, 22 Jan 13

Sandman said :

Or you could take responsibility for your own consumerism and drop off your metal to the Mitchell or Mugga Lane facilities. They don’t charge you for straight scrap metal. I don’t see any reason whatsoever for the government to fund any kind of collection facility.

This.

The Government already provides a facility where you can dispose of your metal scrap for free, and as far as I’m concerned that’s enough. This idea that your belongings should be completely free to get rid of, with next to no effort on the owner’s part, makes no sense to me.

If people are unwilling to properly dispose of their old stuff though, perhaps an additional tax on purchases, similar to the new tax on TV’s that has allowed them to be disposed of for free, is what’s needed. Pay for disposal costs up front to fund the collection service that some people think is so vital.

#28
Innovation10:10 pm, 22 Jan 13

c_c™ said :

Innovation said :

dungfungus said :

Innovation said :

It’s amazing what you can get in a garbage bin with an angle grinder and a bit of patience…..

After all, and old stove is household rubbish if the recyclers are not interested in it. Heaps of recycled stuff goes into landfill anyway.

Actually I was being flippant and prefer to recycle as much as possible. But the ACT Government could instigate (and fund while the prices are low) a scheduled metal collection day in each suburb. Would probably be more cost effective than green bins anyway. Another idea would be to use a forum like RA to coordinate bulk suburban collection days where people in a suburb split the $55 cost for EzyScrap to pick up stuff in their suburb.

Really? You folks can’t hand over $55 bucks to responsibly dispose of an appliance that would have originally cost thousands of dollars?

Take some responsibility.

I happily take my metal (which didn’t cost $1000s) to Fyshwick to drop off – but lots of people can’t afford the $55. Organising a discounted bulk collection for each suburb would save fuel, continue to promote recycling and give those people a way of getting rid of their metal at a discounted price. If it’s partly or completely Government subsidised while metal prices are low then all the better.

Many councils even offer a free council clean up day. At least what I am suggesting means that the metal would get recycled.

Using your exaggerated thought process are you suggesting that we should pay directly for our garbage and recycling collection now? Perhaps our weekly rubbish could be weighed and we get a weekly bill?

#29
thatsnotme10:22 pm, 22 Jan 13

Girt_Hindrance said :

Innovation said :

It’s amazing what you can get in a garbage bin with an angle grinder and a bit of patience…..

This^^^ I’ve disposed of half a car so far, a few months and the rest of it will be done.

I’m curious…what do you think your time is worth? Is the time you’ve had to spend cutting up stuff so it’ll fit into a bin – plus the cost of the angle grinder discs – really worth less than the $50-odd it’d cost you to have someone else take the problem away?

Personally, I’d prefer to be spending that time with my family / in my shed building something / in the garden / fixing something around the house / drinking beer…

Spending hours figuring out how I can stick it to the man, and avoid paying disposal fees? Kinda seems like a false economy to me.

#30
c_c™10:47 pm, 22 Jan 13

Girt_Hindrance said :

Innovation said :

It’s amazing what you can get in a garbage bin with an angle grinder and a bit of patience…..

This^^^ I’ve disposed of half a car so far, a few months and the rest of it will be done.

Didn’t do your research did you.
There’s other recyclers around the region too who do metal, appliances and so on. Some would pay you a bit for that car, under $100, but they’d get rid of it responsibly. You’re just been wasteful and lazy.

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