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By Mitch Hotts Macomb Daily Staff Writer Warren police on Monday arrested a man suspected of stealing three air conditioners from a business in the area of Nine Mile and Schoenherr that he planned to break down and sell the copper coils to a scrap yard. Police received word of the larceny about 1 p.m. [...]

Theft of nickel is a case of international intrigue!

Posted on January 4th, 2012 by Jessie

By Peter Hermann Three people connected to the theft of more than 321,000 pounds of stolen metal have pleaded guilty in a scheme with tentacles reaching from a scrap metal dealer in West Baltimore to companies in Pittsburgh, New York, Switzerland, India and Australia. It began with a truck chassis loaded with shipping containers filled [...]

Suburban communities increasingly hit with metal thefts!

Posted on December 27th, 2011 by Jessie

GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan — Scavengers who steal metal to sell for cash are increasingly taking advantage of new hunting grounds — the suburbs. Aluminum siding, copper pipes and wire, heating and cooling units — even metal from a Consumers Energy substation — have been snatched by suburban scrappers this year. “(Scrapping outside of Flint has) [...]

SHIJAO, China — A single strand of burnt-out Christmas lights weighs almost nothing in the hand. But a bale of burnt-out Christmas tree lights the size of a love seat? That weighs around 2200 pounds, according to Raymond Li, the general manager of Yong Chang Processing, a scrap metal processor in the southern Chinese town [...]

CANTON —   Suspected scrap metal thieves have put at least eight elementary school crossing guards out of a job for weeks now. But thanks to a group of Timken High School students, the children will be back at work soon. Students in Timken Senior High welding instructor Rich Thomas’ class  have been welding new [...]

Kiel schools dismiss tech teacher.

Posted on December 7th, 2011 by Jessie

KIEL — A Kiel teacher recently was dismissed for policy violations, according to Superintendent Louise Blankenheim. The School Board voted Nov. 22 to accept the administration’s recommendation to dismiss Kiel High School technology education teacher Thomas P. DeBruin, 38, effective Nov. 7, for violating the district’s purchasing policy, Blankenheim said. DeBruin had been on leave. [...]

Deep in the earth, in a 30-acre landfill in South Portland, is a half-million dollars. Scrap metals that were buried in ecomaine’s ash landfill as long as 20 years ago will be dug up by an Ohio-based company that will pay the trash disposal agency per-ton fees for reclaimed metal that can be resold. Those [...]

Scrap yard manager charged with stealing $25,000 in metal!!!

Posted on December 1st, 2011 by Jessie

The manager of a Sheboygan scrap yard is facing felony charges for allegedly working with two friends to steal more than $25,000 worth of material and sell it at a rival business. Ronald W. Grawien, 36, of 904 Humboldt Ave., was charged Wednesday with felony counts of theft and attempted theft, which carry a maximum [...]

Indias waste pickers brave landfills to live!!!!

Posted on November 22nd, 2011 by Jessie

NEW DELHI – Durga Mukherjee remembers the first time she climbed to the top of New Delhi’s largest and oldest landfill, joining the dogs, cows and crows there to begin her life as a waste picker. “I vomited so much,” the 40-year-old mother of four recalled of the pungent smell. “I got there and I [...]

As we have discussed throughout this series, the scrap metal recycling industry has a positive impact both economically and environmentally in the United States. A recent study by the Institute of Scrap Metal Recycling Industries, IRSI, breaks down the positive impact on a state level across the country. By clicking on this link, you can view [...]