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Green Home Based Business: Gold from Electronic, Telecommunication & Computer Scrap Part 1:
Right Place at the Right time:
To find the "gold" keep your eyes and ears open.
by Michael Meuser
This is the first in an ongoing series of articles about my experience in my green home based business - electronic salvage, recycling and gold recovery. This short first article is about the the importance of not only being in the right place at the right time, but also keeping your eyes and ears open.
In the early 1980s I happened upon a little booklet entitled, Surplus & Salvage - the 20 to 30 pages I read changed my life forever. I went to work right away doing building deconstruction, rural salvage of all sorts, metals recycling and the like. Soon I was presented with the opportunity to enter the electronic surplus recycling and gold recovery fields. This is how I entered into this business.
During my workdays I frequented a nearby rural coffee shop in California's Sierra foothills. A lot of the folks in there were getting coffee before going off to work for a major telecommunications company. This was the time of phone company monopoly breakups during the 1980s. I got to know these guys and one fellow, in particular, told me that they were converting all of the long distant microwave repeater stations radios from tube type to solid state.
He said that there were tons and tons of scrap aluminum, copper, gold plated items, batteries, racks ... on and on and on ... at each station and that there were 18 stations in Nevada that needed this scrap hauled away.
Up to this point of this major changeover from tubes to solid state, the smaller amounts of scrap ended up in local landfills, but this was way too much to dispose of in this manner.
The short of it is that starting with a broken down dodge van, I was able to bootstrap myself into a position where I owned my own large flatbed truck and fork lift, was able to hire semi trucks to haul the scrap to a yard in California that I leased, got top dollar for my mixed scrap, had a warehouse and crew to process the more valuable non-ferrous metals, sold batteries and all sorts of equipment for reuse in alternative energy projects and learned how to recover many dozens of ounces of gold from plated items with a low toxic, environmentally friendly process that I developed with my uncle who was a chemist. I did all of this with no startup money and no debt - 100% bootstrap.
|Michael Meuser bootstrapped his way into the salvage and recycling business in the early 1980s. He began with building deconstruction and scrap metals and then moved into electronics, computer and telecommunications scrap where he learned to recover gold and other precious metal.|
|Michael tells his story, provides resources and offers his advice at his website, RecyclingSecrets.com, and his blog, Recycling Secrets Blog. Recently Mike completed the eBook How to Make Money in the Home Based Salvage and Recycling Business. It is a chronicle of his experiences, successes and failures in the business. Also, you can follow Michael on Twitter.
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