I am tired of the pile of wire, mostly 12 Ga NM-B, that has accumulated in my truck. While it is nice to be able to grab a short length and use it for pigtails etc I am thinking it may not be worth the hassle and mess. I called to get scrap pricing and unstripped wire was only about 1/3 the value per pound vs stripped.
I would like to save the resource by recycling but wonder if it is worth it. Does anyone else bother with the smaller gauge wires like this? What about AL SE cable?
We accumulated a bunch of aluminum "contaminated" with steel screws, plastic, transistors and such. The scrap yard was not very interested. We ended up giving it to a homeless shelter type place that had the unskilled labor to clean it up. They ended up with $100 or so out of it from what we heard.
I don't think scrap aluminum gas recovered from hurricane Charley yet here. It was down to a quarter a pound for most of the year. The yards were piled 30 feet over the fence with screen cage and pan roof metal.
Scrap yards are the place to buy new wire around here. It is about half the price of the big box stores. There are always big carts of full spools. I don't know how much the NEC makes you derate it if you know it was "hot".