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Metal Recycling

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Types of Recyclable Metals

NOTE:  All steel can be graded slightly differently depending on recycler and quality standards. Cleanliness of wood, plastic, other metal grades, etc. is determined per yard at time.

Ferrous/Steel/Iron-All Steel Grades

  1. Prepared Iron (Steel) - ¼ inch thick or more, cut down to 36"x18" subgrades within grade.

  2. Unprepared Iron - 1/4 inch thick or more, larger than 36"x18".

  3. HMS (Mixed Heavy Melt) - Prepared iron that is a mix of 1 and 2.

  4. Cast Iron - Cast iron that is not over 24”x30” and each piece is less than 150lb.

  5.  Tin/Shred - Thin gauge steel (sheet metal, appliances, etc.).

  6.  Sealed Unit - Compressor from air conditioner unit or refrigerator/freezer.

Nonferrous- Non Steel Grades

Aluminum, brass, lead, electronics scrap, copper, insulated wire, stainless, alloys, etc.

Scrap Processing

Ferrous Metals: Prepared steel, unprepared steel, tin, cast iron, electric motors, sealed units, complete and incomplete car bodies.

Non-Ferrous Metals: Aluminum, copper, insulated wire, brass, stainless steel, lead, lead acid batteries and electronics scrap.


Local Metal Recycling Companies

NOTE:  None of the yards should be buying (per law): hazardous material including: asbestos, refrigerators or air conditioning units with compressors attached, paint cans, oil filters, sealed containers, pressurized cylinders, anything containing PCBs, beer kegs, street signs (without authorization), cemetery bronze/vases, historical markers, unused rebar, manhole covers, material that is not owned by the seller, municipal drain grates, safes, railroad equipment, catalytic convertors, fire hydrants, etc. For more information, visit

Amarillo Recycling3518 E. Amarillo Blvd. Amarillo, TX 79107 phone (806) 383-4644

Magnetic Scrap/Ferrous/Steel/Iron: Complete cars/car bodies, shredder bundles, prepared steel, unprepared steel, shreddable/appliances/tin, steel turnings and electric motors and compressors/sealed units.

Nonferrous Metals: Aluminum cans, scrap aluminum, ACSR and neoprene wire, copper, insulated copper wire, brass, stainless steel and lead.

Amarillo Metals – 415 N. Grand St., Amarillo, TX 79107  phone (806) 383-3219

Non-Ferrous Metals: Aluminum, copper, brass, stainless steel, multiple grades of iron (steel), lead, batteries (lead acid - automobile), electric motors, radiators, nickel alloys, titanium and electronics scrap.

 W Silver Recycling – 3320 E. Amarillo Blvd., Amarillo TX 79107  phone (806) 418-4791

Ferrous Metals: Busheling, borings, cast iron, heavy melting steel, industrial racking, machinery, plate & structural, railroad products and turnings.

Non-Ferrous Metals: Aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, electric motors, exotic alloys, insulated wire, lead, magnesium, nickel, stainless steel, titanium, zinc and electronics scrap.