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Used to do a lot of work for a HUGE contractor local to us. When they"d get a CONEX back from a job it was nearly always full of tools and supplies left in when the job was complete. Instead of cleaning them out, cataloging what was in the container, and reusing it on the next job, they would throw it all away. The thinking was that it cost less to throw it away than to reuse. Basically, since everything was already paid for from the job it was used on, and the tools needed for the next job would be paid for in it"s budget, why pay someone to sort everything out when all they had to do was pick it up and dump it in the nearest bin. Needless to say Dad and I got a lot of good stuff from them until the parent company, overseas, went under and took them with it.

By far though, the worst place I"ve seen for waste is the RR. When they take a piece of track maintenance equipment in for a rebuild, EVERYTHING gets taken off and scrapped. By everything I mean even hydraulic fittings get thrown in the scrap, regardless of whether it"s a dollar, 1/4 inch fittings or 100 dollar, 4 inch fitting. Too pretty much everything else including valving, electronic components, etc, etc all get thrown in the apprppriate scrap bin. Makes me sick every time I look into a bin and see all of that good stuff lying there...........

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