Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions. Metal recycling is our specialty.  Here are some tips and common questions that our customers have.  Don’t see your question?  Feel free to contact us. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the process work?

Recycling with Wasatch Metals is simple. Bring your materials to our location. For small loads, pull directly up to the loading dock and our friendly support staff will weigh your materials and give you a payment ticket. For large loads pull onto the scale located adjacent to the office. After your weight has been recorded you will be instructed where to take your material. Take your purchase ticket back to the office and they will pay you.

What are you business hours?

Monday – Friday:  8 am – 5:00 pm*
Saturdays:  8 am – 2:00 pm*

*We will stop accepting metal 15 minutes before closing to allow for processing

Where are you located?

205 W. 3300 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

What do I need to do to recycle scrap metals?

Couple of simple things:

1- Bring your state ID, Military ID or United States Passport

2- If possible, sort your like metals by type.

Example = separate your aluminum from your copper or stainless. This will make turning in your metals faster and more profitable.

What items do you accept and recycle?

We accept a wide variety of items for recycling. Below is a table of items we routinely accept. Feel free to contact us if you don’t see your item.

Aluminum Cans

Metal Pipe/Tubing

Appliances (See other FAQ for fridges)

Metal Sheet/Plate

Bare Wire

Metal Turnings/Shavings

Batteries (Lead/Acid only)

Radiators and Catalytic Converters


Siding/Rain gutters

Bullet Shells (Fired)

Stainless Steel

Car Parts (Drained)

Steel / Cast Iron

Lawn Mowers (Drained)

Tin Cans

Catalytic Converters

Valves, Fittings

Electric Motors/Transformers

Water Heaters

Insulated Wire

Wheels/Rims (No Tires)

Metal Furniture (80%+ Metal)

Window Panes (No Glass)

What items do you NOT accept?
Barb Wire Items containing < 20% metal Radioactive material
Razor Wire Propane Tanks (sealed cylinders) Chemical/Hazardous waste
Alkaline Batteries Units containing Oil Rubber
Precious Metals Tires (we will accept the rims) Glass
Do you accept refrigerators?

We accept refrigerators that have had the Freon (CFC) removed by a licensed HVAC contractor. If you have not had the Freon removed, we will charge a $20 fee (CASH ONLY) to accept the refrigerator. To avoid the fee, we will require proof of the Freon evacuation before accepting any refrigerator so we recommend bringing in your receipt from the licensed technician who performed the evacuation. You can also call many landfills for alternative disposal options to responsibly recycle your old refrigerator.

What is needed to recycle an automobile?

To recycle any vehicle, you will need the title with the owner’s signature (no title reassignments) If you do not have the title, we also accept dismantle permits or a state-issued affidavit. We do not accept electric, propane, or natural gas vehicles. 

What is needed to recycle catalytic converters?

To accept catalytic converters, you will need a United States ID as well as proof of ownership for the catalytic converter (such as the title of the vehicle it came off of or a repair receipt showing where it was removed). Without proof of ownership, we cannot purchase a catalytic converter.

We cannot accept catalytic converters after 4 PM on weekdays or 1 PM on Saturdays

Do you recycle anything else besides scrap metals?

Metal recycling is our specialty and we stick to what we are good at.  Presently we do not buy glass, paper, cardboard, plastic or electronics.

I had some metal stolen, what should I do?

Call the police to report your material stolen and then CONTACT USThe faster we are made aware of your theft, the best chance we have to identify the materials if they are brought in.

Do you sell metal to the public?

Unfortunately we do not resell any items, including car parts, that have been brought in by other patrons.

Where does the metal go after I bring it in?

The material that we receive is shipped to local, national, and international mills. The materials are melted down and then used to create new products.

Recycling Tips

Crush Your Cans:

We buy aluminum cans by the pound.  Crush your cans before you bring them in so you can fit more into the same amount of space.

Clean your metals:

We pay more for “clean” material.  These are non steel materials such as aluminumcopper, or brass that are free of contaminants. Common contaminants are: wood, plastic, steel, rubber, adhesives, and paint. If you clean your material before coming in it will mean more money in your pocket. If you have any questions on how to clean your material please ask our staff.  They are happy to help.


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