Archives for February 2014

New Komatsu put to work

At the end of 2013 we purchased a brand new Komatsu PC290.  We put it to work on Thursday in Ellenwood to demolish a house and shed for Cyclone Land Development.  They are performing the grading for the new, massive, HH Gregg distribution facility off I-675.  We finished in one day due to great hauling from Atlas Disposal.

New excavator demolishing a house in Ellenwood

Our new excavator demolishing a house in Ellenwood.

Closed today

Two primary employees cannot make it into the metal recycling facility today because they live in north Bartow County where road conditions are icy and snow covered.  In deference to them and the possibility of worsening conditions later in the day we have decided not to open today.  We anticipate Wednesday will be more treacherous but we will evaluate conditions in the morning.

New toy!

About six weeks ago we purchased a new Takeuchi TS60V from Cobb County Tractor.  This machine helps our customers get in and out quickly by allowing them to offload their heavier scrap metal into the self tipping hopper.  Then the TS60V whisks it away to the scale for weighing.   The faster Acworth Recycling completes the transaction the faster our customers get their scrap money.

New toy!

New toy!

Snowmageddon 2K14 is over!

Wow, what a week.  Glad it is over.  The last “big” snow we had was three years ago.  I remember that one was a lot more fun than 2014’s version.  We closed early on Tuesday, but like everyone else, got stuck in the traffic.  We are open and operating under normal hours, Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm and Saturday 8 am – 1 pm.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  It isn’t like anybody could have stopped in anyway given the traffic jam!

Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter

Sub-title to this book I am reading is “Travels in the billion dollar trash trade”  The book is the first book written by Adam Minter.  Mr. Minter grew up in Minneapolis, MN in a family scrap business.  His story details how the scrap industry evolved from a bunch of peddlers to a multibillion dollar industry today.  He traveled all over the world tracing scrap or junk from how it didn’t end up in a landfill but landed in a scrap yard, got sorted and bundled with like material, shipped to a processor and came out as a new product.

The greatest insight he provides is the interplay between manufacturing, recycling and the influence China has on the scrap industry and prices of almost everything in the world. Fascinating insight into the our world wide economy, not just the scrap industry.