Main Metal Recycling
1352 W Beaver Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209
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Do you buy metal and what do you pay for it?

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Yes, we buy many different types of metal. Our prices change regularly. You may call us or email us with a description of the material and we will give you a quote.

Are there other items that you recycle?

Yes, for a complete listing of the items we recycle please go to Industrial Recycling or Consumer Recycling.

Do I have to separate my items?

We can help you separate your items if needed, but you’ll get paid more and be in and out more quickly if you can do it yourself.

Do you take appliances?

Yes, we accept most steel household appliances (Except microwaves and refrigerators containing Freon).

How can I tell if it is steel?

If a magnet sticks to it, then it is steel (except for high temperature nickel items).

Do you have pick up service?

We have a roll off service for large projects. We do not service residential areas.

What is the difference between clean and unclean material?

Clean material is free of all contamination, including, but not limited to, plastic and steel (for non-ferrous items).

Do you take can tabs?

Yes, we do recycle and pay for aluminum can tabs; however, it is not necessary for you to remove the tab from the can.

How many cans make a pound?

32, 12 ounce cans weigh one pound.

Does the wire have to be stripped?

We can recycle stripped and unstripped wire.

Do cans have to be crushed?

No, but you will save on space and the number of plastic bags you use to collect your cans if you crush them first.

What kind of batteries do you take?

We can recycle lead acid batteries, which are usually from trucks, cars, and lawn mowers, as well as lithium ion batteries found in laptop computers. They must be non-leaking. A limit of two batteries per day without proof of ownership.

Do you take cars?

Yes, we do take cars. You need to have the title. All fluids and the battery must be removed.

Do you take chain link fence?

We do not take chain link fencing at this time.

Do you take compressors?

Yes, from home and commercial air conditioners. The compressors must be capped off and non-leaking.

Fun Facts About Scrap Metal Recycling

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  • Producing new material from scrap uses 95 percent less energy than producing the same product from our natural resources.

  • Recycling saves energy that in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Ten pounds of aluminum cans reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 16 pounds, which is the energy equivalent of seven gallons of gasoline. As individuals, we can make a positive impact on our environment and earn extra income by recycling scrap metals.

  • From all the most common items that end up in landfills, aluminum is the only material that’s 100% recyclable, and that pays for itself.

  • It takes about 400 years for aluminum to break down naturally, but it is infinitely recyclable: aluminum can be recycled over and over without degrading.

  • Recycling a single aluminum can will provide enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

  • Every three months, Americans discard enough aluminum to completely rebuild all commercial aircraft in America.

  • More than 20 million Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of aluminum foil. Believe it not, ALL that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it so most it goes in the trash!

  • Recycling an aluminum can saves 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from bauxite ore!

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  • In the United States, the amount of steel that is discarded and not recycled every year is enough to build all the new American-made cars!

  • A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days. That’s closed loop recycling at its finest!

  • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now.

  • A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel. In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes!

  • There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can be recycled.

  • We use over 80 Trillion aluminum cans every year.

  • At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold!


Scrap Metal Recycling Regulations

Florida Statute 538.18 that governs Secondary Metals Recyclers

To sell the restricted metals in the next section, you must have proof of ownership:

  • Reasonable proof of ownership may include, but is not limited to, a receipt 
or bill of sale.
  • Is an employee, agent, or contractor of the property’s owner who is 
authorized to sell the property on behalf of the owner. Reasonable proof
 of authorization to sell the property includes, but is not limited to, a signed 
letter on the owner’s letterhead, dated no later than 90 days before sale 
authorizing the seller to sell the property

Restricted Regulated Metals Which Must Have Proof of Ownership to Sell:

  1. A manhole cover
  2. An electric light pole or other utility structure and its fixtures, wires and 
hardware that are readily identifiable as connected to the utility structure
  3. A guard rail
  4. A street sign, traffic sign, or traffic signal and its fixtures and hardware
  5. Communication, transmission, distribution, and service wire from a utility, 
including copper or aluminum bus bars, connectors, grounding plates or 
grounding wire
  6. A funeral marker or funeral vase
  7. A historical marker
  8. Railroad equipment, including, but not limited to, a tie plate, signal house, 
control box, switch plate, E clip, or rail tie junction
  9. Any metal item that is observably marked upon reasonable inspection with 
any form of the name, initials, or logo of a governmental entity, utility
 company, cemetery, or railroad
  10. A copper, aluminum, or aluminum-copper condensing or evaporator coil, 
including its tubing or rods, from an air-conditioning or heating unit,
 excluding coils from window air-conditioning or heating units and motor 
vehicle air-conditioning or heating units
  11. An aluminum or stainless steel container or bottle designed to hold
 propane for fueling forklifts
  12. A stainless steel beer keg
  13. A catalytic converter or any non-ferrous part of a catalytic converter unless purchased as part of a motor vehicle
  14. Copper wire that has been burned in whole or in part to remove insulation
  15. A brass or bronze commercial valve or fitting, referred to as a “fire 
department connection and control valve” or an “FDC valve” that is 
commonly used on structures for access to water for the purpose of 
extinguishing fires
  16. A brass or bronze commercial potable water backflow preventer valve that 
is commonly used to prevent backflow of potable water from commercial 
structures into municipal domestic water service systems
  17. A shopping cart
  18. A brass water meter
  19. A storm grate
  20. A brass sprinkler head used in commercial agriculture
  21. Batteries – more than two within 24 hours

Payment of Restricted Regulated Metals:

  • A check must be issued to the seller and mailed directly to the address listed on their government issued ID within 3 days after the purchase transaction.
  • A check can be provided at the time of the purchase transaction for an organization, corporation, or association registered with the state as a charitable, philanthropic, religious, fraternal, civic, patriotic, social, or school-sponsored organization or association, or any non-profit corporation or association.
  • A check can be provided at the time of the purchase transaction for a manufacturing, industrial, or other commercial vendor that generates regulated materials in the ordinary course of business.

Why Choose Main Metal Recycling for Scrap Metal Recycling

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Friendly, quick service with drive-through lanes

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Honest and fair treatment with state certified scales

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A clean safe yard that’s swept and cleaned daily to help our customers avoid tire damage

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Fair competitive pricing and a knowledgeable staff that can help identify and price any items you bring in

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200,000 square feet of warehouse space with a choice of open and closed secure storage available

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A 14 acre facility that can accommodate all metal recycling needs