Scrap Metal Recycling

Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services is a proud member of a network of many recycling centers in California that receive and process scrap metal. We are certain that this service, among others, are an integral part of caring for the environment that will provide a bright future for the next generation.

Through our many centers to the south and east of Los Angeles, we proudly serve an extensive area, making scrap metal recycling easy and convenient for area residents and businesses. We strive to design our centers in a user-friendly fashion, making recycling an easy process where you can drop off your scrap, receive your compensation and move on with your daily activities.

What is scrap metal?

Any metal that is no longer useful for its original purpose is considered scrap metal. Old appliances, car parts, wiring, old bicycles, hardware in houses, industrial scraps are all commonly found examples of scrap metal. However, a heap of old metal typically has several different kinds of metal present. In scrap metal, metals are separated between ferrous and non-ferrous metals due to the different values and purposes each of these serve.

Ferrous Metals

Not all metals are magnetic. Ferrous metals are magnetic because they contain iron and steel. Although there may be other elements included, the main components of ferrous metals are always iron and steel. Some common sources of ferrous metal scraps include pieces of old vehicles, old appliances, demolition scrap, structural steel or metal offsets from manufacturing warehouses and industries.

Because ferrous metals are magnetic, they are easy to process. They can be separated from other metals using a large magnet. For this reason, they often achieve lower payouts and have lesser values than non-ferrous metals. However, it’s still important to recycle ferrous metals. In addition to receiving compensation, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making a positive contribution to the environment and preserving natural resources for future generations.

Non-Ferrous Metals

Non-ferrous metals are non-magnetic metals and don’t contain iron or steel. There is one exception, stainless steel, which is categorized as non-ferrous. Some common sources of non-ferrous metals are window frames, household hardware (plumbing), wires, bicycle frames, and some car parts.

Non-ferrous metals include copper, aluminum, brass and tin. These metals are of higher value than ferrous metals and command higher prices.

Why Recycle?

Everyone knows that it’s good to recycle because it’s helpful for the environment, but not everyone knows why. By participating in recycling, you can have a positive impact on the environment. How? If you don’t recycle and place recyclable items in the trash, this causes pollution. Trash usually ends up in landfills or incinerators where these items are either buried or burned. Scrap metals can take many years to naturally degrade and may leech harmful chemicals into the ground.

In addition, not recycling means that in order to produce more items made of metal, new materials must be obtained, often through mining. This activity often has negative environmental impacts, contaminating the air and water supplies.

In summary, toxic waste and gases are reduced when you recycle. This helps ensure that we’ll have clean water sources and air in the future.

What’s more is that recycling pays! When turned in in bulk, scrap metals can earn you excellent compensations.

Scrap Metal Fun Facts

Because we don’t think about it everyday, we don’t realize the big impact recycling can have. When you think about recycling a few old pipes or a bike frame, it doesn’t seem like it makes a big impact. But, when you think about all of the old pipes and bike frames across the country, they all add up and can make a huge difference.

Here are some fun scrap metal recycling facts:

  • Every year, enough copper is recycled in the United States to make over 25,000 Statues of Liberty.
  • Every day in the USA, enough ferrous scrap metal is processed to build 25 Eiffel Towers.
  • Recycling one ton of steel saves 2500 pounds of iron ore, 1400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.

Become part of the statistics by recycling your scrap metal too!

We Support Individuals and Corporations

We work hard to make sure recycling is easy and accessible for both individual residents and businesses in our service area. At our many recycling centers, you’ll find that we have a user-friendly set-up keeping your visit quick and easy. Drop off your scrap, get your compensation and that’s it!

In order to assist our larger scrap contributors such as industries, businesses and corporate clients, we can also provide roll-off bins delivered directly to your property. We have several sizes of bins, so just let us know what your needs are and we’ll be happy to deliver one to you. Then, when your bin is full, we’ll pick it up, replacing it with a new one. We’ll haul off your scrap metal and provide you with your compensation, all in a few easy steps. Give us a call to discuss your needs.

Recycle with Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services

We offer ten excellent recycling centers that accept scrap metal across the southeast of LA. They include the following locations:

At our Barstow location we even accept used trucks.

Items We Don’t Accept

We can accept a wide range of recyclable items including scrap metal and CRV items. However, there are some items that we are not equipped to handle to ensure the health and safety of our staff. At this time we are unable to accept the following items, among others:

  •        Fiberglass
  •        Wood
  •        Liquids
  •        Solid waste
  •        Computers
  •        Television monitors
  •        Oil filters
  •        Flammable materials
  •        Medical waste
  •        Hazardous waste, and
  •        Sealed drums

Please do contact us if you have any questions about our policies regarding any items you wish to drop off.

Start Recycling Your Scrap Metal Today!

If you’re a concerned citizen without a recycling service readily available in your town or workplace, we encourage you to become active in organizing your community. You can create a group of interested neighbors or colleagues who pull together to organize scrap metal dropoffs. Also, remember that we can provide bins to make recycling easier for you.

Have questions? Contact Ecology with any of your questions and concerns and we’ll be happy to help.