Friday, May 25, 2012

Found Money

I posted two weeks ago about having to replace the hot water heater when it went out.  So once removed we needed to dispose of the old unit.  Our local city big item dropoff was happening that weekend and initially we planned to take it there.  As we looked around the property we thought we'd take the opportunity to clean up and dispose of items that had managed to accumulate after projects done over the years.

Kevin decided as we gathered these to give a nearby recycling center a call to see if they might take old hot water units.  The woman said yes and they paid 9 cents a pound for them.  Now Kevin was motivated.  You'd be surprised at how much stuff can pile up over time, so he and Cameron spent several evenings gathering old wiring from projects, bent rebar pieces left from pool construction, old tent poles from camping tents and shade covers long past their useful days and a wide variety of metal scraps that had simply been collecting here and there.  Once loaded they took them to the recycler and were pleasantly surprised when our "garbage" netted them $72.00!!  Fulfills the old adage that "one man's trash, is another man's treasure".  Not bad for refuse, and it's great to keep cleaning up and clearing out.


  1. Wow! That is definitely a win-win! Way to go!!! :)

    1. We actually felt a bit naive that it hadn't occured to us earlier, but the old recycling place didn't take all that this new one does so it was great to get something for what for us was garbage.