Do you pay cash?

Yes, in most instances. Larger dollar transactions may be paid by check.

What forms of metal do you accept?

All Forms Including:

1. Bar- a relatively long, straight, rigid piece of solid metal.

2. Cast- metal poured into a mold and allowed to cool. Has a bumpy appearance.

3. Clip- small pieces of metal that cut off when trimming metal.

4. Contaminated- impure or unclean by contact or mixture with other metals or pollutants.

5. Clean- free from foreign matter or pollution. Pollution can come in the form of other metals, plastic, dirt, moisture, oil, etc.

6. Extrusion- the byproduct of the process of making a shaped object, such as a rod or tube, by forcing metal into a mold.

7. Film- a thin, flexible, transparent sheet.

8. Foil- metal in the form of very thin sheets; like aluminum foil. (not transparent)

9. Pipe- a hollow cylinder of metal used for the conveyance of water, gas, steam, petroleum, etc.

10. Plate- a smooth, flat relatively thin piece of metal of uniform thickness. Often forming part of a machine or a piece of metal on which something is engraved or used as a printing surface.

11. Prepared- in pieces 3 ft by 2 ft or smaller.

12. Unprepared- in pieces larger than 3 ft by 2ft.

13. Rod- a thin straight piece or bar of metal.

14. Screen- a sieve or other mesh-like device made of metal wire and used to separate smaller particles or objects from larger ones, as for grain or sand.

15. Sheet- a broad, thin, usually rectangular mass or piece of metal 1/8th in. or less.

16. Shells- metallic cartridge or hard, protecting or enclosing case or cover.

17. Slag- the refuse of a smelted metal or ore; also called cinder. Consists mostly of siliceous and aluminous impurities from iron ore.

18. Sludge- a mixture of some finely powdered metal and water (or some other source of moisture).

19. Solids- pieces of metals with a definite shape and no hollows.

20. Tubing-a hollow, usually cylindrical body of metal, especially one that conveys a fluid or functions as a passage.

21. Turnings- shavings produced in shaping metal on a lathe, or a machine for shaping a piece of metal.

22. Wire (bare) – wire that has been stripped of its covering to be clean of everything but metal.

23. Wire (insulated) – wire that is still wrapped in its protective covering.

Aluminum Cans

(our most popular scrap metal). Aluminum cans from soda, pop, beer, etc.. No steel cans are allowed. Cans must be relatively clean and dry. If anything other than aluminum cans are found in a container, the container must be resorted by the customer before it is purchased.

What is the Difference Between Clean & Dirty?

Clean metals are those that are free of any other metals or materials. For example a copper pipe that has no fittings or  material on it.

Dirty metals are those that have another material along with the metals we are looking for. For example copper wire with a plastic casing around it would be considered dirty. A tube of copper with brass fittings on it would also be considered dirty.

Do I need to make an appointment to drop off materials?

No,  we are open Monday – Friday 8:00- 4:15 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Can I bring my appliances to you to be recycled?

Yes. All appliances must be free of any working fluids. Refrigerators must have the freon removed.

What are your business hours?

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4:15 pm and 8 am to 12 on Saturday.

Are there any items Recycle USA, Inc. doesn’t accept?


What is the difference between #1 and #2 Copper?

#1 Copper is wire that is 12 gauge or larger as well as bus-bar. #2 Copper is wire that is 14 gauge or smaller and copper tubing.

Copper #1

Solid copper that has no brass or significant corrosion. Most copper tubing and copper pipes are Copper #1 if they fittings are already removed and they are not corroded. Copper wire thicker than a pencil lead and with the insulation removed can also be sold as Copper #1.

Copper #2

Solid copper, but can have up to 5% other metal or is significantly corroded and discolored. This can also have sodering on the pipes. Copper pipes with the brass fittings still attached are considered Copper #2. Copper with that is not insulated but thinner than a pencil lead is also considered Copper #2.

I had some metal stolen, what should I do?

Call the police to report your material stolen and then CONTACT US. The faster we are made aware of your theft, the best chance we have to identify the materials if they are brought in.

I just jacked some scrap last night, will you buy it from me & cover my tracks?

Absolutely not! 

Aluminum Sheet Clean

Pure sheets of aluminum usually made to cover something like a house or structure. Paint is fine, but it can’t have insulation, screws or other metal trim attached to be “clean”. If more than 5% by weight of the scrap is not aluminum sheet than it is considered “dirty”.

How Much Does It Weigh?
Washing Machine

How much does a washing machine weigh?

Washing machine weight depends on the manufacturer, washing capacity and whether it is a top-load or front-load model. Large-capacity, front-load washers vary in weight from 155 to 230 pounds, while medium-capacity, front-load machines average 180 pounds. Small-capacity front-loaders weigh in at 145 to 150 pounds.

Residential Laundry

The dimensions and mass of a residential laundry washing machine vary by make and manufacturer, but a standard washing machine weighs between 120 and 220 pounds.

Top-loading models typically weigh less than front-loading ones.

A top-loading washing machine by GE with 3.3 cubic feet of capacity weighs as little as 145 pounds, while a front-loading machine of just 2.2 cubic feet weighs 170 pounds. The top-loading Kenmore 22102 model, with a capacity of 3.6 cubic feet, weighs 121 pounds. Specific information on the weight of a washing machine is typically found on the side information panel of the appliance or on the manufacturer’s online product page, under the tab for “specifications.” The smallest capacity top-load machines, measuring 2.1 cubic feet or less, weigh 65 to 70 pounds. The average weight of washers with 3.0 to 4.0 cubic feet of capacity is 135 pounds. Medium-capacity top-loaders range from 140 to 150 pounds, and the largest capacity washers average 160 to 170 pounds. The type of material used to construct the washer and features like steamers or internal heaters also affect the machine’s weight.