There are scrap metal recycling firms that pay people to turn in materials such as copper, iron, lead, aluminium for recycling and this has unfortunately led too many people to destroy public and private property to obtain materials from it so they can sell it to the recycling firms mentioned above.
As sustainable and environmentally beneficial as recycling can be, scrap metal recycling programs need to be planned an executed in a sensible manner. Many people want to continue the current scrap metal recycling programs despite this, and many want to shut it down completely as if it cannot be done in a more sensible way. Both are wrong.
There are solutions to this problem:
- Stop paying people to turn in recycled materials. This completely eliminates the motive for stealing them for resale. Or at least stop paying people for the recycled materials that are most frequently stolen.
- Have the firms pick up the materials from people for free instead of using money as an incentive to get them to drop them off. As I said above, people are not to be paid for the materials.
- Occasionally advertise the scrap metal collection service as a way to take significant amounts of junk off people’s hands for free.