Recycling NJ
Scrap Metal Recycling

Scrap Metal Recycling

Metal is extremely valuable and it is much easier to recycle metal from old appliances or other metal objects than it is to purify metal from rock mined from the earths crust. For this reason scrap metal yards will pay you for metal items that you drop off at their facilities. The amount they pay changes as the value of the metal changes on the international commodity market so you should call the scrap metal yard to find the current prices.


What items will scrap metal yards accept.

  • Used cars
  • Large Household appliances - refridgerators, ovens, washing machines, dish washers, tumble dryers, air conditioners, humidifiers....
  • Small kitchen equipment - pots and pans, kitchen utensils, cutlery
  • Garden equipment - lawn mower, hedge trimmer, leaf blower, spade, fork, trowel...
  • Power tools
  • Car batteries
  • Household batteries - rechargeable NiCad or NiMH batteries.
  • Button batteries
  • Metal window frames
  • Beverage cans
  • Metal food tins
  • Metal construction materials

Almost anything that contains metal can be taken to a scrap metal yard for recycling although each scrap metal yard will have its own criteria for which materials and items they will accept becuase some places specialise in the recycling of certain types of metal.

To find a scrap metal yard in your area consult the following websites or search for scrap metal yards and your zip code on google maps.


Refridgerator Recycling (earn $50 for recycling)

The refridgerator in your home is the appliance that consumes the most electricity. Replacing an old refridgerator with a new energy star model can save you up to $150 per year on your electricity bill.

New Jersey Clean Energy program is offering residents $50 when they recycle their old refridgerator, if you use their recycling scheme. They will collect the refridgerator from your home so it really could not be simpler.

For more information on how to arrange pick up of your old refridgerator, click here.


Companies that Collect Scrap Metal from your Home or Business Location

Commercial businesses that collect metal appliances and other scrap metal waste, directly from your home or business. Often these collection services are FREE for you to use.

FREE metal TAKEFREE metal TAKE will collect scrap metal items and old household appliances from you and arrange for these items to be recycled at local recycling facilities. You can arrange for the metal items to be collected at a time and date convenient to you.

The items that are accepted, as well as those that will not be accepted, are described on the FREEmetalTAKE website.

FREE collection of metal items from outside your property is available except in the following circumstances.

  • A $20 freon removal fee may be applied for the removal of A/C units, refridgerators or freezers.
  • Small scrap metal pick-ups outside of a 20 mile radius of Piscataway may be charged a mileage fee.
  • A small fee will be applied if large items need to be removed from the building, instead of being placed outside, ready for collection.

Please refer to the terms and conditions outlined on the FREEmetalTAKE website for more information.


JunkinIrishmanJunkin Irishman is a locally owned and operated junk removal business serving the north New Jersey region. They will quote for their services for free and endevour to recycle or donate to charity wherever possible.

For more information visit the Junkin Irishman website, call 1-800-939 5865 or use the Junkin Irishman contact form.



Junk in the Trunk NJ, LLC is a family owned, full service junk removal company serving all of NJ. If its just one large item you cannot dispose of yourself, or an entire household that needs to get cleaned out, Junk in the Trunk NJ can help you dispose of and recycle almost anything you need to get rid of.

There is a charge for all pickups. Junk in the Trunk is a commercial business and not a 501(c)3 organization, and therefore cannot collect junk for free.

Junk in the Trunk NJ strives to achieve zero waste to landfill by sorting and recycling whenever possible. Items are either recycled or donated for reuse. By recycling they ensure that lead, mercury, and other toxic materials are kept out of the landfill.

Consult their services webpage to see what items they will accept. Call Junk in the Trunk NJ at (908)-240-2077 for more information or to arrange a pick-up.


Power Cleanouts

Power Cleanouts is a junk removal or dumpster rental company based in North Bergen, NJ that caters for customers with both small and large junk removal requirements. They operate across northern New Jersey (Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Passaic and Union counties) providing services to both business and residential customers. They endevour to donate your unwanted items to charity or arrange for them to be recycled where possible.

Power Cleanouts likes to give back to their community, offering their recycling & disposal services to non-profits within the area they serve.

For more information or to schedule a pick-up consult the Power Cleanouts website or call (201) 624 1171.