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Welcome to RJ Recycling

Established in 2003, RJ Recycling, LLC, has grown to become the largest recycler of West Virginia ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal.

With locations in Nitro, Glasgow and Parkersburg, RJ Recycling exhibits environmental stewardship through services provided on behalf of consumers and commercial businesses that include bailing, shearing, industrial container, automotive shredding and custom
scrap processing.

Environmental Impact

Scrap metal recycling, the oldest green industry, is responsible for transforming more than 150 million tons of obsolete material from consumers every year into new products. In doing so, the scrap recycling industry has an extremely positive impact on the environment through the savings it delivers in both energy and natural resources.

Consider just a few of the environmental and economic benefits of scrap metal recycling.*

  • Recycling is an $86 billion industry, directly employing more than 85,000 in the U.S.
  • 60% of the metals and alloys produced in the U.S. are manufactured from nonferrous scrap.

  • Recycling 1 ton of steel conserves more than 3000 lbs. of natural raw material.

  • 2 out of every 3 pounds of steel made in the U.S. is manufactured from recycled ferrous scrap.

  • The amount of energy saved using the following recycled materials vs. virgin ore:
    • 95% for aluminum
    • 85% for copper
    • 80% for plastic
    • 74% for iron/steel
    • 64% for paper

  • Scrap recycling allows for recovery and safe disposal of 80 - 90 percent of all mercury light switches found in scrap automobiles. Eliminating this harmful byproduct from scrap significantly reduces mercury air emissions involved with steel making. RJ Recycling, through its active participation in the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP) and its association with the End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS) program, recovers a significant quantity of mercury light switches annually.

  • In 2008, $28.6 billion worth of scrap commodities were exported, helping U.S. trade balances.

*Sources: www.isri.org ; www.epa.gov/mercury/switch.htm