Got some aluminum cans stashed away for recycling?
Area scrap yards are celebrating Earth Day, which was Monday, by paying higher-than-usual amounts for aluminum cans.
City Scrap & Salvage of Akron is paying 66 cents a pound through Saturday, said Randy Katz, manager of purchasing and sales.
That compares with 47 cents a pound before the Earth Day special began April 15.
“So it’s a nice little jump,” Katz said, noting that people save cans for months prior to the Earth Day special.
City Scrap joins other area scrap yards offering above-market prices for aluminum cans this week.
The idea is to get the word out about recycling and the individual scrap yards, said officials with the scrap yards. The promotion works, they said, noting that business has been brisk.
Other yards offering higher prices include Metalico Annaco on Hazel Street in Akron, owned by Metalico Inc. of Cranford, N.J.; and PSC Metals Inc., the Mayfield Heights company with facilities in Akron, Barberton, Canton Township and Massillon. Call the facilities for prices.
City Scrap & Salvage’s ownership changed in late 2010. That’s when Timken Co. of Canton bought the longtime family-owned operation to help ensure it gets a steady supply of scrap metal to melt in its Stark County furnaces to make its high-quality steel bars and bearings.
While Timken doesn’t use aluminum in its steel-making process, City Scrap & Salvage processes aluminum in its Flora Avenue facility.