What to Recycle

General Recycling Guidelines

Metro Recycling strives to make recycling easy and convenient. We recycle a variety of materials such as appliances, siding, bicycles-even the kitchen sink! There is so much you can recycle when you simply think outside the blue box. We'll even tow and recycle your scrap car. Visit www.metroautorecyclers.com to learn more about our scrap car towing service and auto recycling capabilities. Take a look at our acceptable item list below or contact us if you don't see your item listed. Download our recycling guidelines for a complete guide of what you can (and can't) recycle.

Acceptable Items

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Automobiles
  • Copper
  • Aluminum Siding
  • Brass
  • Scrap Steel
  • Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Stainless Steel
  • Radiators
  • PVC Siding, Tubing, & Fencing
  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • And More!

If you still aren't quite sure about what we do and do not accept,
download our complete guide to recycling PDF.

Complete Recycling Guidelines

Specific Recycling Guidelines

Can you recycle iron, steel, engines, and more? Yes! Please review our recycling details.

Scrap Steel Specifications

Sheet Iron

Examples of sheet iron: appliances, wrought iron railing, furnaces, fencing, sheet steel, lawn mowers, sheds.

Drums and Rotors

Automobile or truck brake drums and rotors. It may not contain any brake shoes or any other type of item.

Engines

Oil and oil pans must be removed.

Heavy Melt

¼" to 4" thickness including steel wheels, but excluding drive train parts, cast iron, pipe valves, electric motors, rebar, high pressure pipes, soil pipe condenser tubes, crawler track or chain and springs. Must be alloy free, such as chrome.

Plate and Structural

Plate or structural steel ¼" to 4" in thickness.

Prepared vs. Unprepared

To be considered prepared Heavy Melt or Plate and Structural, items must be no larger than 2' by 5'. We do pay a higher price for prepared items of these grades or iron.

Restricted Items

The following items are acceptable only if cut to 5 foot lengths.

  • Steel Banding
  • Steel Cable

For a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items, please visit our "What to Recycle" page.

Automobile Recycling

To sell an automobile a customer is required to have either an auto salvage license or a title signed by the owner of the vehicle.

Recycling Theft Prevention

To help minimize the risk of purchasing stolen material Metro Recycling takes the following precautions:

  • Every recycling transaction is recorded in our computer system.
  • Numerous cameras monitor the Metro yards and record when a transaction was made.
  • Certain materials require a letterhead authorized release signed by the business owner or authorized personnel.
  • Each yard manager receives a theft alert that is sent from ISRI's Theft Alert System that describes the stolen material.
Scrap Theft

Scrap theft is a growing issue in the Recycling industry today. As commodity prices rise, so does the amount of scrap theft. The scrap recycling industry is working hard to be a part of the solution to this growing problem. Becoming part of the solution means putting preventative measures into place. It is important to Metro Recycling to use tools such as ISRI's Scrap Theft Alert System, video cameras and other tools to prevent buying stolen material. Download our scrap theft prevention brochure here.

Company Letterheads

In some cases, Metro Recycling may request that the customer provide a letter from the company to prove ownership of material was transferred. If this is the case the letterhead must contain:

  1. Transfer of ownership must be printed on an official company letterhead (nothing handwritten)
  2. Authorized name of customer who will be delivering material
  3. Authorized material that is being sold
  4. Name, telephone number and signature of company representative that has given the customer authorization to sell material.

Metro Recycling has the right to contact the authorizing company to validate letterhead accuracy.

Three convenient recycling locations:
Blue Island

(708) 388-1551

13546 S. Western Ave.

Blue Island, IL 60406

Mon-Fri 7am-4:30pm

Sat 7:30am-12:00pm

Griffith

(219) 922-1830

1501 E. Main St.

Griffith, IN 46319

Mon-Fri 7am-4:30pm

Sat 7am-1pm

Valparaiso

(219) 465-1459

2155 W. Lincolnway

Valparaiso, IN 46385

Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm

Sat 8am-1pm