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xgojim

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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:13:23 AM

After a car's "check engine" light winks on for the last time, there's a place where the expired vehicle can be reduced to fist-sized chunks of unrecognizable metal in less time than it takes to read this sentence. The action end of this metal-salvaging operation sounds like a mechanical dog chewing an iron bone, steams with the heat of metal being ripped apart, and suggests a post-apocalyptic scene. Now and then a tire explodes, with the boom muffled by heavy shielding. Still, there's an efficient elegance in the way sport utility vehicles, minivans, sedans and other vehicles are treated at the end of their lives, on the cusp of the Earth-friendly reincarnation process known as recycling. And the stomach of the recycling business growls with a worldwide appetite for metal, according to
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 4:21:53 PM

Interesting
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dunedate
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 3:19:39 PM

What a big waste of money this is, not to mention energy, Plus we all get to pay for it, with government buy back programs! This is corporate welfare at the highest level!
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07skydriver
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 6:35:57 AM

They don't make cars that are worth saving anymore.
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alterman156
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 12:42:43 AM

At least the metal gets recycled.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 1:04:07 PM

melt them down and build something awesome.
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traffic cop
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 11:41:09 AM

Wish the article had pictures of the monster.

Thee's a term in economics, the "creative destruction" of capitalism. That usually means inefficient enterprises are replaced by better business models. Think, K-mart replaces Sears, in term superseded by Walmart.

"Creative Destruction" seems very appropriate for this process!
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skempton
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 10:44:10 AM

What happens to the non-metal parts like seats and dashboards?
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merlinCO
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 9:02:22 AM

Can't recycle plastic....only the old cars.
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Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:30:04 AM

The old junk yard is no more. Operating yards have changed to salvage yards where the reusable, high value, parts was removed and resold. The old hulks may sit around for a long time as parts are scavenged. When the price of scrap steel is up, the yard needs the space, all reusable parts are removed, or the parts are not longer in demand, the old hulks are sold, shredded, and recycled.
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eschroth442
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:29:15 AM

they aren't junk yards anymore, they are metal recycling centers.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:27:30 AM

would love to see this
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AVKZ
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:22:45 AM

Big money in metal.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:18:22 AM

No doubt about it.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:17:04 AM

Interesting
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lcleveland
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:08:22 AM

my husband worked in the 70's for a metal recycling plant and when
gas tanks were overlooked they exploded also
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:57:50 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:56:06 AM

Yeah, ok...
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Buickdriver7
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:31:38 AM

ok
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:21:00 AM

your vehicle may be worth more in scrap than for transportation....

anybody seen any copper cents around???

all melted down... did you hear the copper ones were actually worth 3 cents with high copper prices??

now find a real copper cent.
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scottyiam
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:16:51 AM

used many years. Much less energy conspumption to recycle than to mine new ore.
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gs7101
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:04:43 AM

Big business indeed!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:54:19 AM

Cool
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Eagle3236
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:53:06 AM

This has been going on for years in Texas!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:51:05 AM

Interesting article.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:51:05 AM

It's been going on for years but sounds as though they have come up with a better way
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orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:50:24 AM

Actually, there are rings of thieves targeting minivans and such like--steal them and shred them for a few hundred dollars in your pocket, when they are running just fine and worth 10-20-30 times as much. Who notices,; its just a frigging minivan, right? Some get caught--as some did recently--because a shredding operation owner's wife knew that one minivan was in too good shape to be shredded for a couple of hundred, and she called the cops in...
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:48:07 AM

Although they make money from the steel and other metals...I wonder what happens to the non metal items...

Do they go into a landfill? This stuff is harder to separate...

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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:40:08 AM

jimmy hoffa's last resting plce among others
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:38:27 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:32:52 AM

O K !
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xgojim
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:21:14 AM

Like making lemonade out of lemons.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:20:48 AM

Amazing process.
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