A benefit from high price of metal — people are cleaning up

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — After hearing about the high price being paid for scrap metal, Brian Kelley of Pine Top took his four-wheel-drive truck into the mountain hollows.

A few days later, he was selling a few pieces of obscure-looking metal objects, including abandoned mine equipment and an old radiator he found, for an "amazing" $300.

Skyrocketing costs of scrap metal have created a silver — or should we say steel — lining to economic and environmental woes. Collecting scrap not only brings in extra money, but also encourages citizens to clean up unsightly refuse.

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