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Scrap metal recycling: a money-making byproduct of river clean-up

Article: Scrap metal recycling: a money-making byproduct of river clean-up

Recycling scrap metal isn’t just an activity for greenies anymore… with prices for these commodities on the rise, collecting aluminum cans or metal construction debris has gotten profitable. I know I even regularly see stories on the local news about copper thieves…

One source of scrap metal that didn’t strike me until reading a story on American Recycler, though, is waterways. Turns out that dumping your broken refrigerator, or your clunker car, in a stream or river was relatively common just a few decades ago. While laws have curtailed the practice, there’s apparently still a lot of junk metal in our waterways… and non-profits dedicated to cleaning them up have discovered a new revenue stream.

Giant Burmese Python Caught in Florida's Eradication Program

Article: Giant Burmese Python Caught in Florida's Eradication Program

Florida has a problem with giant Burmese pythons released into the wild by disenchanted pet owners, and today, the first day of the state’s 2009 eradication program a team of volunteer snake catchers bagged one of the big constrictors.