Scrap metal prices per pound. Metal forming analysis.

Scrap Metal Prices Per Pound

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  • Metal prices (metal commodities) are only for a few metals quoted on exchanges. Only Aluminium Alloy, Aluminium, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Tin, Zinc and Nasaac (North American special Aluminium alloy) are exchange traded commodities.


  • A small piece or amount of something, esp. one that is left over after the greater part has been used
  • Bits of uneaten food left after a meal, esp. when fed to animals
  • Used to emphasize the lack or smallness of something
  • bit: a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; “a bit of rock caught him in the eye”
  • trash: dispose of (something useless or old); “trash these old chairs”; “junk an old car”; “scrap your old computer”
  • quarrel: have a disagreement over something; “We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America”; “These two fellows are always scrapping over something”


  • 16 ounces avoirdupois; “he got a hernia when he tried to lift 100 pounds”
  • A unit of weight equal to 12 oz. troy (0.3732 kg) used for precious metals
  • The basic monetary unit of the UK, equal to 100 pence
  • A unit of weight in general use equal to 16 oz. avoirdupois (0.4536 kg)
  • British pound: the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence
  • thump: hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument; “the salesman pounded the door knocker”; “a bible-thumping Southern Baptist”

scrap metal prices per pound


by Wynton Hall 5 Jan 2013, 10:30 AM PDT 4post a comment

In a classic tale illustrating the “law of unintended consequences,” a new report concludes that President Barack Obama’s $3 billion “Cash for Clunkers” taxpayer-funded boondoggle artificially drove car prices up, not down, and unleashed an “environmental nightmare” through shredding, not recycling, many of the 690,000 cars people traded in for an up to $4,500 car credit.

In 2009, Mr. Obama proudly declared that his Cash for Clunkers program, officially known as the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), was a stunning success. “There were skeptics who weren’t sure that this ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program would work,” said Mr. Obama. “But I’m happy to report that it has succeeded well beyond our expectations and all expectations, and we’re already seeing a dramatic increase in showroom traffic at local car dealers…So I’m very pleased with the progress that’s been made in the House today on the "Cash for Clunkers" program.”

But as Yahoo News notes, the program’s decision to shred, not recycle, many of the trade-in vehicles unleashed an “environmental nightmare”:

Shredding vehicles results in its own environmental nightmare. For each ton of metal produced by a shredding facility, roughly 500 pounds of “shredding residue” is also produced, which includes polyurethane foams, metal oxides, glass and dirt. All totaled, about 4.5 million tons of that residue is already produced on average every year. Where does it go? Right into a landfill.

E Magazine states recycling just the plastic and metal alone from the CARS scraps would have saved 24 million barrels of oil. While some of the “Clunkers” were truly old, many of the almost 700,000 cars were still in perfectly good condition. In fact, many that qualified for the program were relatively “young,” with fuel efficiencies that rivaled newer cars.

A study conducted by Resources for the Future further underscored the program’s failure economically and environmentally:

Approximately 45 percent of the spending went to consumers who would have purchased a new vehicle anyway. Our results suggest no gain in sales beyond 2009 and hence no meaningful stimulus to the economy. In addition, the program will reduce CO2 emissions by only 9 to 28.4 million tons, implying a cost per ton ranging from $91 to $288 even after accounting for reduced criteria pollutants.

And E—The Environmental Magazine says the Department of Transportation’s declaration that Cash for Clunkers was a success is simply a case of smoke and mirrors:

The Department of Transportation reported that Cash for Clunkers was an environmental success…In general, drivers traded in inefficient SUVs and trucks for more efficient passenger cars. However, it’s quite easy to negate this small difference in gas mileage purely by the fact that people will be more likely to drive a vehicle that takes less money to fill up with gas. It’s an efficiency paradox: as we get more efficient at using energy, the overall cost of energy goes down, but we respond by using more of it. Auto emissions of carbon dioxide are directly proportional to gasoline consumed. With only 690,000 fuel-efficient vehicles purchased and over 250 million cars registered in the U.S., that is a negligible difference in overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Augusta County Fair

Augusta County Fair
Though few drivers entered the demolition derby at the Augusta County Fair on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 hundreds lined the hills around the ring to cheer on their favorites. Former demolition derby champion Kevin Graham of Deerfield, seen here, said the entrants have been dwindling every year. When the scrap price went up the cars disappeared, said Graham while officiating the heats on Wednesday. When he won five years ago there wasn’t a significant market for scrap cars, where now scrap metal is valued at $10 per 100 pounds of metal.