Odyssey Recycle recycles stuff normally thrown away

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Tyler Caulkin of Odyssey Recycle in Omak says the company will pay cash for many non-ferrous materials, including brass, copper and aluminum.

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Tyler Caulkin of Odyssey Recycle in Omak says the company will pay cash for many non-ferrous materials, including brass, copper and aluminum.

OMAK – Odyssey Recycle wants the chance to turn what you might think is junk into cash.

“We recycle non-ferrous material… stuff that’s been thrown away,” said Ron Brennan, who with partner Emily Cyr operates the business at 212C Nichols Rd. in Omak.

By recycling other people’s throw-aways Brennan said both the customer and the recycler can help protect the environment.

“We recognized the need for this type of business. There was no outlet for disposing of this type of material before. We help to clean it up and dispose of a wide range of material,” he said.

Among the different materials Odyssey Recycle will buy are things like car and truck radiators and batteries. Although prices can change depending on the market, currently Odyssey pays 55 cents a pound for clean copper/brass radiators and 30 cents a pound for dirty ones. For clean aluminum radiators they pay 35 cents a pound and if they are dirty they pay 15 cents a pound.

The company takes vehicle batteries of all types including standard car and pickup batteries, as well as large truck and small mower batteries (call for pricing). They also pay $1 a pound for clean copper – wire, sheet or pipe and 45 cents a pound if it is dirty.

Other items the company will pay for include electric motors — three phase, automobile starters and automotive alternators; computer circuit boards and catalytic converters. In the future Odyssey hopes to start recycling more automotive parts like brake calipers, transmissions and power steering pumps.

Brennan is from Everett, but recently purchased a home in Omak, where his business partner Cyr lives. He runs Odyssey Towing and Removal in Everett and he has a crew that hauls cars to the scrap yard. He is also interested in antiques and owns an antique store in Everett as well.

The company plans an open house with refreshments on Saturday, June 21at their location at 212C Nichols Rd., Omak and Brennan says to watch for balloons to pointing the way to the location.

Odyssey Recycle can pick up large quantities or they can be dropped off. They are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday by appointment. They can be reached at (509) 826-7941 or by cell at (425) 530-7898.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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