Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 10th, 2006 at 5:10 am
Meet 38 year-old Mike Colhour. He runs a successful scrap metal recycling business by bike. He rides around the neighborhood, collecting scrap metal and plastics from dumpsters and from the side of the road.
He's been doing this for 10-15 years all over Vancouver and Portland. He recycles all kinds of stuff including glass, wire, stereos, toasters, and so on.
Once he fills his custom-made dual trailer system he cashes in his load at Metro Metals Northwest.
He said business is great and he was especially happy that copper currently fetches $3.85/lb. On good days he can make anywhere from $200-300 bucks.
Now that's what I call a sustainable business.