[Vendor] Who can scrounge in Brooklyn, NY?

I might have a willing scrapper. You will have to wear safety vest, hard hard, work boots. They will let me know for certain in a couple of days. Payment will be $5 per keyboard for what you haul off. You will have to do your own digging thru the piles of crap to find the gems :-)
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Is there an age prerequisite?
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Firebolt1914 wrote:Is there an age prerequisite?

For their insurance purposes, probably 18, unless you have a parent/guardian with you. You will have to sign release forms that say if you get hurt, they are not responsible and will not pay.
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That is what I thought. I will see if I can go.
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Good luck firebolt! It's really easy to lose your keypuller if you bring one, I recommend tying a piece of string to it so you don't lose it!
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Hello! I'm interested and available! Any idea what part of Brooklyn the yard is?
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A soon as I get confirmation from them, I will PM the address to those who express interest here. Perhaps all ofyou can get together and go as a team? It really is easier that way.
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It will also prevent the e-cycler from backing out. Accommodating multiple people at different times might trigger the "this is a pain" reflex that small businesses seem to have.
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elecplus wrote:A soon as I get confirmation from them, I will PM the address to those who express interest here. Perhaps all ofyou can get together and go as a team? It really is easier that way.

I don't mind teams, but I also don't want to be contributing to the deliquiency of a minor(s) :lol:

Looking forward to good news!
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Most R2 ecyclers have very strict security. There are locks, cameras, restricted areas, and restricted people. Be aware that many US recyclers also use prison labor, and you might see armed guards. I have put together a quick list of Do's and Dont's. While they may seem rather simplistic, they are important.

Stick to the area you were shown.
Do NOT wander about.
Do NOT bother the workers in other areas, ask about stuff, ooh and aah over everything you see.
DO bring enough cash to pay for what you expect to haul home.
DO have enough capacity in your transportation to haul off what you have gathered that day.
DO bring empty boxes to hold your treasures.
DO bring your own water, food, snacks. DON'T count on there being accessible vending machines.
Pay attention to where and when food and drink are allowed. Ask if you are not certain. Water is usually permitted on the sorting floor, but food and sugary drinks are not.
If you are given access to real-time sorting with the warehouse crew, don't slow them down.
Be VERY polite to the warehouse crew, even if they do not seem to speak English.
Do not make comments that are not complimentary, or can be mis-construed.
DO ask about a time frame; are you allowed to stay for the day, 2 hours, or what?
At the end of the time frame, if all has gone well, make an appointment to return.
If you are asked to leave early, do not protest. Thank them, and ask for a return appointment.
Do NOT take pictures, unless you are expressly permitted. You might be required to leave personal belongings, including cell phones, in a locker.
Do NOT carry a pocket knife that pops out, snaps out, or has a blade longer than 3 inches.

Very high security recyclers may require you to change into a provided jump suit that has no pockets. They might have metal detectors when you enter and leave the premises or the sorting floor.
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elecplus wrote:Most R2 ecyclers have very strict security. There are locks, cameras, restricted areas, and restricted people. Be aware that many US recyclers also use prison labor, and you might see armed guards. I have put together a quick list of Do's and Dont's. While they may seem rather simplistic, they are important.

Stick to the area you were shown.
Do NOT wander about.
Do NOT bother the workers in other areas, ask about stuff, ooh and aah over everything you see.
DO bring enough cash to pay for what you expect to haul home.
DO have enough capacity in your transportation to haul off what you have gathered that day.
DO bring empty boxes to hold your treasures.
DO bring your own water, food, snacks. DON'T count on there being accessible vending machines.
Pay attention to where and when food and drink are allowed. Ask if you are not certain. Water is usually permitted on the sorting floor, but food and sugary drinks are not.
If you are given access to real-time sorting with the warehouse crew, don't slow them down.
Be VERY polite to the warehouse crew, even if they do not seem to speak English.
Do not make comments that are not complimentary, or can be mis-construed.
DO ask about a time frame; are you allowed to stay for the day, 2 hours, or what?
At the end of the time frame, if all has gone well, make an appointment to return.
If you are asked to leave early, do not protest. Thank them, and ask for a return appointment.
Do NOT take pictures, unless you are expressly permitted. You might be required to leave personal belongings, including cell phones, in a locker.
Do NOT carry a pocket knife that pops out, snaps out, or has a blade longer than 3 inches.

Very high security recyclers may require you to change into a provided jump suit that has no pockets. They might have metal detectors when you enter and leave the premises or the sorting floor.

Sounds a bit more hectic than the junkyards I used to scrounge for parts as a teen for VW parts, but the majority of your suggestions should be common sense. It is both funny and sad that people (myself included) need reminders on being polite and considerate.
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One last suggestion: if they want to meet with you before setting you loose in their facility, dress up a bit!

A collared button-up shirt can buy you a lot of respect and credibility -- first impressions count. If necessary, keep a work shirt in a small bag so you can slip into the restroom/head back to your car and change on site.
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Nowhere have I seen the class separations in the US more evident than at the recycler. Be prepared for an interesting social experience. I was standing outside my car next to a warehouse at about 12:30pm on a weekday and some local yokels yelled some disparaging comments along the lines of "get back to work you lazy man". They drove off before I was able to explain that I was a customer, that I had two college degrees, etc.

Here in the Southern US many recycling facility workers speak Spanish, specifically Mexican Spanish. I've found the following list helpful:

forklift - la máquina elevadora
pallet - la paleta
pallet jack - transpaleta
box - la caja
giant box, large box, crate - el cajón
to move - mover
garbage - la basura
to place, to put - poner
please - por favor
thank you - gracias
Go on - andale pues (common Mexican idiomatic expression)
shipping container - el contenedor de envío
truck - el camión
pickup truck - la camioneta
flatbed truck - el camión de plataforma
ladder - la escalera
hard hat - el casco (helmet), el casco protector, el casco de seguridad
reflective vest - el chaleco reflector
boots - las botas
It is cold - hace frío
It is hot - hace calor
I am hurt - Estoy lastimado
Danger! - ¡Peligro!
Caution! - ¡Cuidado!
On top of - encima de
Next to - al lado de
Underneath - debajo de
To the left of - a la izquierda de
To the right of - a la derecha de
In front of - en frente de
Behind - detrás de
Loading dock - el muelle de carga
Keyboard - el teclado (los teclados)
Mechanical keyboard - el teclado mecánico
Car - el carro (Mexican Spanish)
Car trunk - la cajuela, el baúl
Sidewalk - la acera
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ohaimark wrote:One last suggestion: if they want to meet with you before setting you loose in their facility, dress up a bit!

A collared button-up shirt can buy you a lot of respect and credibility -- first impressions count. If necessary, keep a work shirt in a small bag so you can slip into the restroom/head back to your car and change on site.

That's a really good point about dress.

Of course, for time in the warehouse, good boots (steel toed) are recommended. as are gloves, full length pants, and long sleeve shirts (yes, even if it is 90F / 35C in the warehouse).

But - as someone who almost never had to dress up for work - the thought of wearing a nice shirt and a nice clean pair of trousers escaped me. It's a good idea.

First impressions do matter, but if you have a referral from someone, that can be just as good. The trick is to get inside the door. Once you are inside of course it is possible to sour the relationship.

Just be nice, and you'll be fine.
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XMIT wrote:First impressions do matter

Wear all of the above, plus the DT top hat.
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webwit wrote:
XMIT wrote:First impressions do matter

Wear all of the above, plus the DT top hat.

Being Brooklyn and all, the DT top hat would either be ignored or give some randoms a reason to beat my ass. :lol:

I hope my jury duty summons for this coming Monday doesn't get in the way of rummaging through piles of discarded e-waste...
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Is it true that people in NY really call it "Noo Yoik"? Image .
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Chyros wrote:Is it true that people in NY really call it "Noo Yoik"? Image .

Note that I'm from New York. Brooklyn, in fact. Born in Park Slope, grew up in Bay Ridge, went to Stuyvesant High School.

"Noo Yolk" sounds wrong. "Nuu Yawk" sounds about right. Also "cawfee" (coffee) and "chawklet" (chocolate).
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blighty wrote:
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XMIT wrote:First impressions do matter

Wear all of the above, plus the DT top hat.

Being Brooklyn and all, the DT top hat would either be ignored or give some randoms a reason to beat my ass. :lol:

I mean, it's Greenpoint, so chances are that people will think you're a Hasidic Jew, especially if you have facial hair. Double especially if you're out on a Saturday.

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XMIT wrote:
Chyros wrote:Is it true that people in NY really call it "Noo Yoik"? Image .

Note that I'm from New York. Brooklyn, in fact. Born in Park Slope, grew up in Bay Ridge, went to Stuyvesant High School.

"Noo Yolk" sounds wrong. "Nuu Yawk" sounds about right. Also "cawfee" (coffee) and "chawklet" (chocolate).

Just ask someone from New England to say the sentence "I parked my car in the garage."
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XMIT wrote:
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XMIT wrote:First impressions do matter

Being Brooklyn and all, the DT top hat would either be ignored or give some randoms a reason to beat my ass. :lol:

I mean, it's Greenpoint, so chances are that people will think you're a Hasidic Jew, especially if you have facial hair. Double especially if you're out on a Saturday.

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Or my landlord would think I was making fun of him, and evict me. ;)
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Can confirm, would be up for digging through heaps of junk pretty much any day of the week at this point. Except perhaps Monday.
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I talked to my guy today. He promised to bring it up to the owners, but he was not sure it would go through. But he is excited that somebody wants "those old junkers" :mrgreen:
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Hello. I am interested in doing some scrounging myself. I know this thread is ancient (and apologies for the necro), but could you PM me the info as well? Thanks!
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Solenoid: ON!
This was from almost 2 years ago! Offer is no longer available, sorry.
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