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What We Buy

Columbus Recycling buys ferrous, non-ferrous and specialty alloy scrap metals and other recyclables from commercial and industrial businesses, as well as the general public.

Steel is the most widely recycled metal in the world. Each year, tons and tons of steel scrap are consumed by steel mills and foundries. This metal is smelted and then sold to manufacturers as raw material for new manufactured goods.

For the past five decades, Columbus Recycling has been a major supplier to the steel industry.

Cast Iron (all grades)

  • Angle iron
  • Borings
  • Machine cast
  • Turnings
  • Wrought iron

Steel (all grades)

  • Busheling
  • Borings
  • Heavy melt
  • Mixed steel
  • Plate & Structural
  • Rail & OTM
  • Rebar
  • Turnings


  • Air conditioning compressors - free of oil
  • Dryers
  • Hot water heaters
  • Stoves
  • Refrigerators
  • Washing machines



  • Drums
  • Motor blocks - free of oil
  • Rims
  • Rotors
  • Transmissions


  • Aerosol cans - with holes
  • Axels
  • Bicycles
  • Construction scrap
  • Farm equipment
  • Machine shop turnings
  • Frames
  • Industrial metals
  • Metal banding
  • Metal cabinets
  • Metal fencing
  • Metal lawn furniture
  • Metal roofing
  • Sheet metal
  • Steel drums - free of fluid
  • Trailers
  • Tin


Columbus Recycling can process and recycle most types of nonferrous metal. A large portion of our nonferrous operation involves aluminum can recycling. Our aluminum can operation handles more than 2,000 pounds of cans per day. Empty aluminum cans are magnetically sorted, inspected, and compressed into 1,000 pound bales for shipment to an aluminum smelter.

Aluminum (all grades)    

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum clip
  • Aluminum extruded
  • Aluminum rims
  • Aluminum siding
  • Aluminum turnings
  • Extruded aluminum

Brass (all grades)

  • Red brass
  • Yellow brass
  • Brass turnings

Copper (all grades)    

  • #1 & #2 copper 
  • Bare bright copper
  • Copper sheet     
  • Catalytic Converters
  • Clean sheet
  • Cocks and faucets
  • Coils
  • Electric motor
  • Electric parts
  • Electric wiring
  • Insulated wiring
  • Irony aluminum
  • Lead
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Radiators


Columbus Recycling uses industry leading tools and innovative technology to evaluate and process your high temperature alloys. Each load we receive is carefully inspected and properly identified using our XRF analyzer to determine the grade and or sub grade of your material.

  • Alloys
  • Nickel (all grades)
  • Sinks
  • Stainless steel (all grades)
  • Stainless turnings
  • Titanium (all grades)
  • Tool steels & carbide
  • Zinc (all grades)

Scrap Storage and Pickup

If you produce a regular supply of scrap, Columbus Recycling can provide onsite storage containers and collect material at intervals that suit your needs. We can also arrange for the collection and transportation of bulk scrap pick-ups.


Columbus Recycling works hard to accommodate all of our customers’ needs, but we cannot buy the following materials:

  • Closed containers such as fuels/gas tanks, beer kegs,
  • Enclosed drums or tanks with no 2′ x 2′ hole
  • Computer or electronics scrap such as TVs, microwaves, monitors, keyboards, etc.
  • Flammable materials – ammunition or explosives
  • Hazardous waste or chemicals
  • Liquids or fluids of any kind
  • Paint cans
  • Radioactive materials
  • Rubber, asphalt, wood or other non-metal materials
  • Sewer covers

While the aforementioned items are representative of our requirements and conditions, other items that are not listed may or may not be acceptable. In addition, individual Columbus Recycling facilities may have different policies for acceptance of material based on local laws and conditions or facility equipment capabilities. If you have any questions about the specific materials we accept, please contact your local Columbus Recycling facility for information.

Ferrous vs.

Simply put, ferrous metals and alloys contain iron; non-ferrous materials do not.

Ferrous metals are primarily used for their tensile strength and durability, which makes them well-suited for use in construction, containers, piping, automobiles, transportation infrastructure, tools and hardware. Most ferrous metals also have magnetic properties.

Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, brass, copper, zinc, tin, nickel and lead, as well as precious metals like gold and silver. While non-ferrous metals can provide strength, they are ideal for industries that require lightness and malleability, like aircraft or canning. Because non-ferrous metals don’t contain iron, they are more resistant to rust and corrosion, which is why they are used to make gutters, water pipes and roofs. And, because non-ferrous metals are non-magnetic, they are often used in small electronics and electrical wiring.

The availability of ferrous metals is strong and consistent, making their value steadier than non-ferrous metals. For non-ferrous metals, their relative scarcity typically yields higher value and can cause prices to rise or fall quickly depending on market conditions.

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