Recycling a Booming Business

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Living green is all the rage, especially on Earth Day.

Hybrid cars, compact florescent light bulbs, and low-flow water fixtures all save you money, but there is one Eco-friendly activity that will make you money.

Recycling has become the newest fad, because some centers are rewarding people for living green.

Torres Salvage Yard near Navasota takes almost everything. Copper, brass, aluminum, aluminum cans, scrap iron, washers, dryers, refrigerators, junk cars are only a few of the items the business buys.

The company opened shop years ago, but recently business has been booming.

"It's gone up considerably," David Torres with Torres Salvage Yard said. "It really has."

Steel and iron recycling rates are at an all-time high. That is because metal is in high demand in other countries like China and India.

In the United States the majority of steel is made with scrap like that found at Torres Salvage Yard, making it the country's most recycled material.

"I'm getting rid of trash, accumulation, and worn out stuff," Scrapper Jack Hafer said.

Hafer brought in a truck load of metal scraps and walked away with over $200.

"I made a little cash," Hafer said.

Scrappers are now making about 65-cents per pound for aluminum cans. Junk cars can get you between $200 and $400, and copper goes for about $3 a pound.

"Everybody is doing it now," Torres said. "Everybody is starting to save their aluminum cans and their copper, with it being so high everybody is recycling."

Torres Salvage Yard is paying about 200-percent more for scrap metal than it was five years ago.

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