Yes, we have no scrap, pt. III

As noted in previous posts, Shanghai Scrap is the lucky beneficiary of misdirected scrap metal, paper, and plastic inquiries from around the world. As also noted in previous posts, I reserve the right to re-print these sometimes ridiculous, but always interesting, inquiries (with the solicitor’s name, if the email is clearly identifiable as scrap spam). So, with that in mind, an inquiry received last night from an IP address in Sana, Yemen:


Dear Ahmed: I haven’t the slightest. But perhaps one of my readers will (come to think of it, I’d like to know). In the meantime, I want to thank you for this rare insight into Sana’s waste stream. Who would’ve guessed that Yemen is home to three Boeing aircraft in need of scrapping? Wow! If you care to send more details about this issue – say, perhaps, whether the planes in question were for military, private, or commercial use – I’d be happy to update this post. As it happens, a few years ago I actually met the GM of a Sana-area scrap yard (he wore an electric blue suit), but that story will have to wait for a day when I’m not under deadline pressure. Until then …


  1. Airplanes are mostly Aluminum. And primary aluminum price at the London Metal Exchange is around 65 cents per lb. Well you will have to do the calculations.

  2. There’s more than aluminum at stake in an airplane. Lots of copper in there and quite a few components made from exotic alloys. The engines are out and that’s the most valuable part by weight. The gears are also spendy. Bartin in France used to specialize in plane scrapping. But they were just bought out last year.

  3. Adam you could start a nice little brokering business with these kinds of leads.

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