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November 18, 2011

Metal Scrapping and Physical Labor

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 4:27 pm

I think we all know by now that the days of the white collar middle manager jobs for many of our men are long gone. Our ancestors tilled the soil and worked hard all day doing physical labor for money. Our generation has become soft and filled with junk food, electronic garbage and excessive talking and gabbing.

The last 2 months I was in California last year I spent a lot of time in silence. I was busy cleaning my apartment so that I would get all my security deposit back. I did a lot of scrubbing and cleaning as I’d lived in the same apartment almost 14 years. That’s a long time to live somewhere. I cancelled my cable and internet as I knew my days were numbered there and I didn’t need the distraction. I spent a lot of time in silence and a lot of great clarity came my way.

Especially in the areas of male/female relationships. I kept attracting the same type of man over and over again. I finally realized the common denominator in all these relationships was me! Eureka! I had to take full responsibility for my financial affairs, my past relationships with the opposite sex and relations with my family, some of which were strained.

I was very judgemental about some of my family members. Now I deeply regret it. I have to remember to walk in other people’s shoes and not judge or blame others. We all have to find our way. That was a hard pill to swallow.

Getting back to metal – scrapping and the above commentary will become apparent as I go on. I had found some cords that I clipped off of old electronics. Inside those cords is copper. Copper sells for about $3-4 a pound. It’s better than nothing and a pound of copper could buy some food. It takes some time to scrape the cord from the copper. I use a potato peeler, works like a charm. A scalpel would be better but I’m afraid I’d cut myself!

So if a young man or even a middle-aged man wanted to earn some extra money scrapping would be the way to do it. Many people will be upset that the illegals are scrapping copper and metals to make money. Well maybe some Americans could get off of their butt and do the same. I won’t go into the pro/cons of illegal immigration, this blog is about dumpster diving. But maybe our men could learn something from these people and be a little more inventive on how we make money.

Copper and metal scrapping is long and tedious work. But I think that’s a good thing. Our ancestors did a lot of tedious work and they were OK. Maybe some tedious copper scrapping, some periods of introspective silence while scraping away would do a lot of us a world of good. I myself need to unplug from the internet, TV, my MP3 player and just be there. It’s amazing the things you’ll hear and the insights you’ll have.

Copper and metal scrapping has 2 good things going for it. Number one you make some money and number two you keep the metals out of our landfills which could possibly contaminate the ground water.



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    Comment by Maureen — November 18, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

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    Comment by Leah — November 20, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  3. I think that if someone finds copper or metal in a dumpster then that is okay, unfortunatly most of the metal and wire that is being ” found” is actually stolen. We have had antique farm implements taken from one of our ranches by these people who do scrap metal collecting, and the town of Fresno in California is literally having all the lights stripped away at a cost to the public of tens of thousands of dollars a week.
    “Theft of copper wire and other agricultural metals is rampant. It is a nationwide epidemic and an international problem. ”


    Comment by April Gaede — December 2, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

  4. I ONLY get scrap metal if it’s been thrown out or someone throws out electronics in their trash. Once something is in the trash, it’s public domain and ripe for the picking.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — December 13, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

  5. I know a lot of illegal aliens scavenge these stores and abandoned homes to scrap all types of metal. The stuff I’ve been finding has been thrown away so it’s public domain. Now I’m seeing some dumpster companies have a sign on their dumpster that now the trash is THEIR property and any removal is criminal trespassing. Give me a break. The ONLY reason they’re doing that is to keep the scrap metals for themselves. They will mostly likely hire an illegal for $5 an hour cash to scrap the metal and then the big companies get a good dividend on scrap metal thrown in the trash. It’s not that they don’t like divers, it’s that their greed overrides common sense.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — December 14, 2011 @ 10:12 am

  6. .
    As the owner of “Dumpster Divers Cleaning Co.” here in Fresno ca. I would have to say that I agree 100% even though I have 18 accounts mainly consisting of cleaning, disinfecting, and pressure washing, them my contracts clearly state that ANY and ALL items found in, on, or around the dumpster/bins are sole property of my co, and of the Diver who works for me. Therefore regardless of whatever signs the “dumpster Companies” might have posted on their bins keep in mind all they do is for a monthly fee is provide a container for the establishment to throw all there unwanted items in their “trash” Understand that anything placed inside a unlocked container (dumpster/bin) is completely open to anyone in the community or public to freely use at will to either remove or deposit any if not all items previously‎ deposited in the aforesaid container
    UNLESS it is posted private property and or if it is locked…….period.

    Comment by Eddie Taylor — December 25, 2013 @ 6:44 am

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