Accepted Materials

Mervis Recycling is happy to pay you for almost any metal, including common household items such as:

  • Appliances
  • Vehicles
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum siding
  • Tubing
  • Copper or aluminum wire

The list of accepted recyclables is divided into two categories, ferrous and non-ferrous. Ferrous means “made of or containing iron,” and non-ferrous refers to metals or metallic scrap that do not contain iron. Steel is a ferrous material since it is an alloy made from iron and carbon. Common non-ferrous metals include aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, and nickel. The distinction between ferrous and non-ferrous metals is important because their separation is the first step in the recycling process.


  • Appliances
  • Automobiles
  • Baling clips
  • Busheling
  • Cast iron
  • Cast iron borings
  • Heavy breakable cast
  • Industrial scrap steel
  • Machine shop turnings
  • Prepared #1 and #2 heavy melt
  • Railcars for de-racking and dismantling
  • Random-length scrap rail, OTM, and rail crops (with proper documentation)
  • Scrap construction equipment
  • Scrap farm equipment
  • Scrap machinery
  • Scrap railcars
  • Sheet metal
  • Structural beams
  • Torching scrap
  • Unprepared steel


  • Aluminum and copper radiators
  • Aluminum breakage
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum extrusions
  • Auto and truck batteries (casings cannot be cracked or broken)
  • Auto radiators
  • Cast aluminum
  • Catalytic converters
  • Copper and brass content scrap
  • Copper tube #1 and #2
  • Copper wire #1, #2, and bare bright
  • Electric motors
  • Heater cores
  • High-temperature alloys
  • Industrial non-ferrous scrap materials
  • Insulated copper wire #1 and #2
  • Painted siding
  • Precious metals
  • Segregated aluminum alloys (1000 / 2000 / 3000 / 5000 / 6000 series)
  • Scrap brass, plumbing, fixtures, faucets, and fittings
  • Scrap lead
  • Sheet aluminum
  • Sheet copper
  • Stainless steel
  • Transmissions

Other Recyclables

Electronics and cardboard are accepted at select facilities. If you have something that you want to recycle but don’t know if it would be accepted, contact your local Mervis Recycling facility and we will be happy to answer your questions! Click here to find the nearest Mervis Recycling facility.

For more information about recycling industrial plastics, visit our Mervis Plastics Page.

Items We Do Not Purchase or Accept

This list is inclusive but not limited to:

  • Waste and nonmetallic materials
  • Ballasts and PCB contained materials such as capacitors
  • Oxygen, acetylene, and propane tanks and any other sealed containers
  • Freon tanks
  • Unpunctured automobile fuel tanks
  • Any “closed container” that does not have a significant hole or opening
  • Cans, drums, and containers with residual material(s)
  • Unopened basement fuel tanks
  • Ammunition or steel shot shells
  • Safes and vaults
  • Oil filters
  • “Tangled” rebar steel
  • Oil-filled Delonghi heaters
  • Anything containing mercury
  • Any oil containing transformers
  • Any materials containing asbestos
  • Radioactive scrap
  • Microwaves
  • Vehicles without proper title