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Scrap Metal Pickup in Canberra?

MrMagoo 22 January 2013 41

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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Valleytalk Valleytalk 11:56 am 25 Jun 15

I have an old dishwasher to get rid of. I rang up Simms metal (Qbn and Hume) and they said they don’t do pick ups but will pay for any metal delivered (check out website) They gave me a number just this morning the person picks up whitegoods for FREE and you don’t get anything for it but at least you don’t end up paying for it !!! The number they gave me was 0439 060057 They are coming to get my dishwasher same day I rang : )

NoImRight NoImRight 8:41 am 12 Feb 14

Mordd said :

Anyone got a good suggestion for who will give me the most cash for a 93 Ford Festive Trio with a engine that needs replacing (but still runs) and 4 brand new tires and a brand new muffler/exhaust on it, I was hoping to get around $150 for it but reading this thread makes me think maybe not….

Theres one in Quenabeyan that will give you $100 if you can drive the car to them. I dont have the name with me but I can try to find out if your happy with that.

Mordd Mordd 9:43 pm 11 Feb 14

Anyone got a good suggestion for who will give me the most cash for a 93 Ford Festive Trio with a engine that needs replacing (but still runs) and 4 brand new tires and a brand new muffler/exhaust on it, I was hoping to get around $150 for it but reading this thread makes me think maybe not….

Sandman Sandman 9:41 pm 11 Feb 14

leonnie said :

I’ve noticed places like Melbourne have these amazing community street things where on a certain week or weeks every one puts unwanted stuff out , other people in the neighbor hood pick up stuff for free and then there is a council pick up of whats left on the street out front of peoples houses .
Seems to work very well

Except for the fact that stuff tends to get left out on the nature strip for weeks on end (the crap stuff) and strangers are constantly stopping out the front of your house going through your garbage. I believe in a lot of places the council actually claims ownership of anything left on the kerb (in the name of the recycling centres that sell the stuff) which means people can actually be charged for taking stuff that’s been left out.

leonnie leonnie 11:55 am 11 Feb 14

ainira said :

When I was doing the ring around for scrap metal removal September last year, Jack Martin scrap metal told me the following guy would do it for free:

John 0406739577

I had my small amount of scrap metal picked up with no issues.

Thanks so much for that info : I spoke to his partner Sky and she was lovely they still pick up and metal old ovens etc

I wanted a large old metal heater fuel tank picked up Ezy scrap said they will if its out the front and empty for $22 ( which it is )

Lots of info and interesting opinions
I’ve noticed places like Melbourne have these amazing community street things where on a certain week or weeks every one puts unwanted stuff out , other people in the neighbor hood pick up stuff for free and then there is a council pick up of whats left on the street out front of peoples houses .
Seems to work very well

ainira ainira 3:56 pm 21 Aug 13

When I was doing the ring around for scrap metal removal September last year, Jack Martin scrap metal told me the following guy would do it for free:

John 0406739577

I had my small amount of scrap metal picked up with no issues.

markjohnconley markjohnconley 2:59 pm 21 Aug 13

Just logged a application for a quote with Ezy, most difficult part so far is filling in the address section without getting ‘error’ed, mark

Bazza Bazza 9:46 am 04 Mar 13

Just booked a Dishwasher and Microwave to be taken away. $22 from Ezy Scrap.
Got 2 flyers in my mailbox the other day. They wanted $88 – $110.
$22 is cheaper then me organising to take it to the tip.

Mike Bessenger Mike Bessenger 9:28 am 23 Jan 13

thatsnotme said :

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.

Can you provide some information on this?
Last time I went to the Mitchell facility with just metal I was charged $15. I’m not complaining because it was cheap as far as I was concerned, but I’m curious to know why I was charged if you claim it’s free.
And yes, it was all metal and metal only.

Girt_Hindrance Girt_Hindrance 8:22 am 23 Jan 13

c_c™ said :

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.

I wouldn’t say spending a number of hours completing the job is lazy, and I haven’t had to pay for the discs. I’d add more context to why it’s being disposed how it is, but that would defeat the point of the method of disposal.
And sure, my times worth a lot more than this.

460cixy 460cixy 7:53 am 23 Jan 13

AAMC said :

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?

No sorry try to avoid wrecking classics. What are you after?

c_c™ 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.

thatsnotme thatsnotme 10:22 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.

Innovation Innovation 10:10 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?

thatsnotme thatsnotme 10:09 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.

Girt_Hindrance Girt_Hindrance 9:58 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.

c_c™ 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.

Sandman Sandman 7:39 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.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:45 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.

Innovation Innovation 6:14 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.

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