Tis the Season to Scrap

Can you name 12 items to scrap this holiday?

Some unique items you don’t normally come across all year can be recycled during the cold winter months and holidays. Many times, we re-use decorations or items year after year, and they finally wear out. Once this happens you can recycle them, make money and purchase a new one to replace it!

Here are 12 items you’ll probably use, re-use and then recycle: Continue reading →

Thanksgiving Food

Turkey Day is almost here! While you are thinking about all the things to be thankful for, we wanted to add a few to your list. We know you have a lot to plan for and things to do to entertain your guests. Here are the easiest Thanksgiving recipes to make the holiday less stressful and give more thanks for! Continue reading →

Happy Halloween

In the spirit of Halloween, we found the scariest metals with strange, spooky qualities. And if you did not know about them prior to seeing them you may be frightened by what they can do!

We found 4 metals with very weird physical properties, that under the right conditions, can act really bizarre whether they react with other metals or to variations in their environment. Continue reading →


Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

With the recent news of major hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires happening, we couldn’t help but question: “Are we prepared?”.  It’s not something we all enjoy thinking about, but having a plan in case the inevitable occurs will ensure that you know what to do in case of an emergency. Many of our customers are on the road frequently, so it’s important to think about a meetup place or options to provide others based on your location so that everyone is accounted for and safe. Continue reading →

2017 solar eclipse

It’s a total eclipse of the facts…when it comes to superstitious beliefs!

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a total solar eclipse coming up. On Monday, August 21 the path of the total eclipse will darken skies over several states in the US. Its band stretches about 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience, especially for North Carolinians. We are guaranteed about a 90% eclipse, whereas people in South Carolina will experience 100% darkness as the moon passes in between our blue planet and the sun. The actual blackout will last about two and a half minutes starting at 2:40 pm. Continue reading →

Metal Quiz

How sharp is your scrap metal knowledge? Even the most seasoned scrappers can be stumped! In the spirit of school starting back up, we thought it would be fun to test your scrap know-how. Maybe you already know it all, or maybe you will learn something new! Continue reading →

metal in garden

If you have a garden growing this summer, chances are you have more than vegetables or flowers in it. Many gardeners utilize metal not only as a part of its functionality, but also its decor. Metal can provide a long lasting structure year after year, or aesthetically pleasing ornamentation all year when you don’t have plants growing. Below we’ve highlighted some of the common uses of metal in the garden and some of the best ways to get the most out of your metal! Continue reading →

road sign think green

Are you planning a road trip this summer? Going on a vacation with the family? Now that school’s out for the summer, many of us will plan to hit the road in search of a new destination. But the one thing we don’t think about is the effect our travel habits have on the environment.

Just making a few adjustments to our normal packing routine can greatly reduce our carbon footprint and have a smaller negative impact on the environment. As you know, TT&E is a huge advocate for protecting our environment. Below are some questions to ask yourself and a few tips to become a more eco-friendly conscious traveler. Continue reading →

star wars opening title screen

Ironically, ferrous metals are already with you!

Ferrous metals including iron and steel are virtually everywhere you go and in almost everything you use each day. Even though they are highly abundant and in good supply to take to the scrap yard, they are valued at a lower price point than non-ferrous metals. It’s value is consistent, however, and only experiences slight drops or rises throughout the year. This ensures that it will continue to be recycled now and in the future, and many savvy scrappers rely on this consistency every week. Continue reading →


In our last blog post about Celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, we reminded our viewers about TT&E’s efforts to support our planet every day through our rooftop solar panels and our environmentally friendly hybrid shredder.

Now, we’d like to share some valuable resources and materials provided by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (or ISRI) that we are proud members of. We hope that you can find a way to contribute some of your time and skills towards making a positive impact this Earth Day. If you aren’t sure where to start, below we’ve provided links to information that can be used in a classroom, at home with the kids or just with your friends. Continue reading →