What We Buy

FERROUS METALS

  • Aerosol cans
  • Appliances
  • Automobiles
  • Air conditioning compressors
  • Bicycles
  • Busheling
  • Cable and wire
  • Cast iron
  • Chain link fencing
  • Drums, barrels and other containers
  • Gas cylinders and tanks
  • Heavy melt steel
  • Industrial Metals
  • Metal banding
  • Metal roofing
  • Motor blocks
  • Propane tanks
  • Rebar
  • Sheet metal
  • Steel
  • Shock absorbers
  • Tin

NONFERROUS METALS

  • Aluminum, including cans, rims, siding, sheet
  • Coils
  • Copper, including #1, #2 and bare bright
  • Electric motors
  • Electrical parts
  • Electrical wiring
  • Insulated wire
  • Irony aluminum, including lawn furniture
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • New production
  • Other alloys
  • Plumbing parts
  • Radiators
  • Red brass (Ebony)
  • Shredded scrap (Zorba)
  • Stainless steel
  • Turnings
  • Wheel weights (Ropes)
  • Yellow brass (Honey)
  • Zinc

WHAT WE DON'T BUY

  • Airbags
  • Closed containers such as enclosed drums or tanks
  • Hazardous waste or chemicals
  • Electronic scrap
  • Flammable materials - ammunition or explosives
  • Fluids including oils, gasoline, antifreeze, hydraulic fluid, gear oil or grease
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Paint cans
  • Radioactive materials
  • Refrigerants
  • Tires, wood, dirt, yard debris, concrete, asphalt, glass, rubber or other non-metal materials

PLEASE NOTE

  • The lists above show the items we generally buy and do not buy.
  • The lists are not inclusive; other items not listed may be inappropriate for recycling as scrap metal.
  • Each Schnitzer metals recycling facility may have different policies for metal acceptance based on local laws, facility equipment capabilities and local conditions.
  • If you have any questions about specific metals we accept at our yards, please contact your local Schnitzer facility for additional guidance.
  • For more details including how to prepare your materials before you arrive at one of our yards, please see our Scrap Acceptance Policy flyer.
  • As a portion of Schnitzer's material source control program, all suppliers of automobiles, appliances and other light iron products destined for shredding (collectively "light iron") are required to sign a Hazardous Materials Compliance Contract (HMCC) prior to delivering to our U.S. facilities.