Nailing It Down — Beat the thieves — recycle your own metal, make some money

Metal thieves — usually looking for a quick high — have been on the prowl lately, stealing metal from area homes, yards and public places.

The last two weeks we’ve discussed the problem and some solutions.

Today, we want to mention one more: Beat them to the punch!

That is, be as smart as the thieves and take advantage of the high prices of various metals right now. If you have scrap metal — old aluminum gates, wires, perhaps an old jungle gym, swing set, car parts — or anything else that can be scrapped, take it to the metal recyclers yourself and leave with some cash!

As Grays Harbor Sheriff Rick Scott warned, recyclable metal in your yard or garage can attract metal thieves. And, once they see your junk, they might find something else to steal.

So stop them in their tracks by cleaning up!


While you’re at it, give your home a good once-over. Perhaps your plan is to sell the metal and use some of the proceeds for a trip to the dump.

Cleaning up your property not only discourages metal thieves it also makes for happy neighbors. Plus, there’s nothing like a bit of spring cleaning to give you a lift!

We know it’s amazing how junk accumulates; it seems to happen to all of us. Don’t be so embarrassed or overwhelmed that it freezes you into inaction.

Know that you’re not alone and that the more you do the more energy you’ll have to do more when you see progress.

Unfortunately we’ve already passed the annual spring cleanups in Aberdeen, Hoquiam and McCleary that occurred earlier this month. However, if you’re in Cosmopolis, you can still plan ahead for May 4 for a free day at the dump. (Contact Cosmopolis City Hall for more details.)

But even if you’ve missed the free day this year, a trip to the dump is worth the fee.

It just costs a few hours of your time and $9.72 for a load of 200 pounds or less at the LeMay Transfer Station, 4201 Olympic Highway, in Central Park. Yes, for less than three specialty coffees, you can get rid of 200 pounds of stuff that’s weighing you down!

If you have more junk, the rate per ton is $93.25. But we still call that a bargain to get rid of 2,000 pounds of cast-offs!


Perhaps you’re over-run with things like cardboard, newspaper, magazines and recyclable glass and aluminum cans. Getting rid of all that is free at the Transfer Station.


Is your garage or laundry room similar to most peoples? If so, it likely has no-longer-needed paint, cleaners and solvents. Perhaps you also have an old car battery.

You can get rid of all of those items of for free at the Hazardous Waste Facility located just inside the Transfer Station.

The Hazardous Waste Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the first Saturday of the month.

While there is a limit of 15 gallons of paint per household per visit, if an old can of paint is all dried up, it can be treated as garbage and thrown away.


While presumably an old computer or monitor isn’t cluttering up your yard, if it’s no longer of use to you, it’s cluttering up your house or garage.

You can recycle old TVs, computer monitors, screens and laptops for free at the Hazardous Waste Facility at the Transfer Station each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In addition, local charities including the Salvation Army and the Goodwill, accept computers, TVs, screens and monitors.


If you are just getting to your spring cleaning now, make sure to put aside items that are no use to you, but could be needed by someone else.

Next week we’ll talk about some of the local charities that would love your items as well as where you can make some money from your castoffs.


Do you have a project that you’d like to accomplish this summer for your home, but need help with a loan that includes our construction management oversight? Perhaps we can help!

Maybe it’s a new roof, weatherization, heat pump, a new foundation, rewiring, plumbing or even adding on a bathroom.

Whatever the housing project you need, we may be able to assist you with some solid practical advice and an affordable loan. Call us at (360) 533-7828 Mondays through Thursdays. Toll free is (866) 533-7828

Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty are construction experts at NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County, where Beaty is the construction manager and Murnen is the executive director. This is a non-profit organization committed to creating safe and affordable housing opportunities for all residents of Grays Harbor County.

Do you have questions about home repair, remodeling or becoming a homeowner? Call us at 533-7828, or 1-866-533-7828, write or visit us at 710 E. Market St. in Aberdeen.