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Vermont's Scrap Metal Market

04/24/08 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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If you bring a piece of copper into a scrap metal dealer today, you'll likely receive around $3.00 per pound. That's up substantially from the 75 cents per pound you might have received four years ago. Prices for other types of scrap metal, from aluminum to steel, are also up. But with the boom in business, comes a rising amount of theft. As a result, the Vermont Senate has passed a bill that would require scrap dealers to check identification and keep detailed sale records. We talk about market trends with Chuck Carr, from the national organization, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, and we hear from Vermont scrap dealers and local law enforcement. (Listen)

 

"Junk" musician Donald Knaack
Also, we visit with musician Donald Knaack, also known as the "junk man." Knaack creates music using pots and pans, radiator coils, and PVC pipe. His unusual instrumentation has taken him around the country, and also into Vermont schools where he adds environmental lessons to his performances. Earlier this week, Governor Jim Douglas honored Knaack for his unique school program. (Listen)

And, we stop by Vermont Spirits, a micro-distillery near St. Johnsbury that specializes in maple vodka. (Listen)

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