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. Get a Scrap My Car quote now. We offer free scrap car towing services. Learn more about car and truck recycling and auto parts services.

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 Recycling Items

  • Scrap Steel
  • Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Stainless Steel
  • Radiators
  • PVC Siding
  • 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.

Sheet Iron RecyclingSheet iron

Examples of sheet iron: snow blowers, appliances, washers, dryers, hot water heaters, wrought iron railing, furnaces, fencing, sheet steel, lawn mowers, sheds.

Recycling Brake Drums
and Rotors drums and rotors

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

Engine RecyclingEngines

Oil and oil pans must be removed.

Heavy Melt Recycling

Heavy Melt¼" 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 Steel Recyclingplate and structural

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

Prepared vs. Unprepared Recycling

Prepared 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 Recycling Items

restricted itemsThe following items are acceptable only if cut to 5-foot lengths.

  • Steel Banding
  • Steel Cable

Car or Truck Recyclingautomobile recycling

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

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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 Recycling 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.

Company Letterhead

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 the 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.