Exploring your Purpose in Career and Life with Katie Sandoe


Careers in the metals recycling and waste industries can be difficult when considering the metal working, exposure to the elements, metal torching, baling and other jobs that must be completed to get the job done. Many employers have a hard time finding employees that want to work in these and other fields that utilize a mix of blue collar and white collar work. Enter Purpose! Katie Sandoe of Light Echo (https://lightecho.co/) visited the Dumpster and has been working with some team members on finding their purpose to help find purpose in their work and home lives. Finding purpose is as easy as answering these two questions: 1. What would you want to change about the world? 2. Who do you want to make proud? Put those two answers together to find your why and build your purpose. Katie discusses everything from gratitude, exercises to help you find your purpose and the importance of screening the advice that you get in your life. The concept of having a personal board of directors like a company does is an interesting thought as it involves vetting those whose advice matters most to you and going all in on listening to that direction and advice. Knowing who is important in your life is crucial, it is that ability to screen out the voices that are not relevant from ones that are. We love the scrap metal industry, but mostly because we love the people we work with and the people in our company. Really taking the time to explore that purpose and being open to whatever the answer is is the lesson of this Dumpster Talk!


Acceptable Materials

Appliances including:
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • FOR A $10 FEE—Air Conditioners

End of Life Items Including:
  • Machinery (all fluids,pans and cylinders removed)
  • Farm Equipment
  • Farm Machinery
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cast Iron Patio Furniture
  • Cast Iron Outdoor Railing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steel Wheels
  • Steel

Nonferrous Scrap:
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Pots and Pans
  • Aluminum Siding/Gutters/Downspouts
  • Aluminum Patio Furniture
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Aluminum Wire
  • Auto Batteries
  • Brass Fixtures/Lamps Decorative items
  • Cable, Fence and Wire
  • Christmas Lights
  • Copper
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Pipes
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Valves and Connectors
  • Copper Tubing
  • Copper Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Insulated Wire
  • Radiators
  • Screen Doors/Windows (glass removed)
  • Stainless Steel

Prohibited Materials

  • Acetylene Cylinders
  • Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)- applies to both fibrous and solid materials
  • Any Scrap Containing Refrigerants (CFC or HCFC) (Freezers, Refrigerators)  Air Conditioners are accepted for a $10 fee
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT/tube-style computer monitors or televisions)
  • Closed Compressed Gas Cylinders – high pressure cylinders with valve intact
  • Combustible or Flammable Materials – fuels, paints, degreasers, unpunctured aerosol cans
  • Corrosive Materials – highly acidic or caustic materials (battery acid, caustic soda, etc.)
  • Explosive Materials, Munitions, Shell Casings – includes suspect military scrap
  • Free Flowing Liquids (including water)
  • Hazardous Waste – toxic or poisonous materials or wastes
  • Infectious Materials – blood-soaked or biohazard items
  • Liquids or Scrap Containing Free Flowing Liquids – fuels, antifreeze, oils, hydraulic fluid, paints
  • Mercury Containing Materials – mercury-containing thermostats, switches or fluorescent light bulbs
  • Non-Metallic Items – concrete, wood, asphalt, dirt, debris, tires (more than 5 per auto)
  • PCB-Containing Materials
  • Whole tanks uncut
  • Radioactive Scrap – anything exhibiting radiation levels above background
  • Scrap with Small Capacitors that contain 50 ppm of PCBs