Our Process

What to expect when you visit us? From initial weigh-in to final payment, our friendly and experienced staff is second to none. We will give you an accurate reading, show you where to drop off your materials in our clean and organized yards, and give you the best value for your scrap materials right away.

Our Scrapping Process

Step 1: Collect scrap metal. (See what we accept and do not accept).

Step 2: Bring it to one of our convenient yards

Step 3. Have the metal weighed in your vehicle or container. For smaller items, get it weighed inside.

Step 4: Dump your scrap in our yards – our friendly staff will show you where to drop off your scrap.

Step 5: Get weighed after you dump the scrap.

Step 6: Get paid. All American Recycling gives you the best price for your materials – immediately.


Metal may be recycled in its entirety and endlessly. Copper, steel, iron, brass, and precious metals may all be remanufactured and reused for a variety of purposes. But how, you might wonder. Continue reading to learn about the seven fundamental phases of the scrap metal recycling process, as well as where you can sell your ferrous and non-ferrous scrap for cash in Illinois.

The Importance of Recycling Metal

The Earth does not have a limitless supply of metal. We must mine for naturally existing ores, which takes a great deal of time, effort, and money and depletes our natural supplies. Due to the metal refining plants, it also produces a small quantity of air pollution. As you can see, recycling and repurposing all waste metal is critical in order to lessen our reliance on new ores and protect our natural resources. Furthermore, the scrap metal sector benefits our local economies by creating employment and supporting a variety of community programs.


Scrap metal must first be collected. Scrap metal is not thrown in landfills because of its worth; instead, it is sold to scrap yards for recycling. Vehicle scrap is the most frequent type of scrap metal, although it may also originate from construction and plumbing scrap, railroad refuse, and farm scrap. 

How Scrap Metal is Recycled?


After the scrap metal has been collected, it is categorized by kind. Large magnetic sensors are frequently used to separate ferrous (magnetic iron-containing metals) from non-ferrous metals. Metal analysis equipment is occasionally used to identify and classify metal streams more thoroughly.


Sorting is followed by processing. This usually entails shredding all of the metal to reduce its volume, making it easier to melt down. This saves a significant amount of energy. However, aluminum and steel are cut into sheets and blocks.


The scrap metal is ready to be melted down after shredding and processing. They are melted into liquid form in huge furnaces, each one dedicated to a different type of metal. Metal might take anything from a few minutes to several hours to achieve liquidity.


After the metal has become liquid, it is essentially cleaned. A procedure called as electrolysis is used to remove any leftover pollutants and impurities from the melted metal.


The metal is delivered to a conveyor belt to cure, or solidify, after it has been cleaned and purified. Then, depending on the type of metal and the planned purpose, they are placed into molds. In the recycling sector, bars are by far the most popular form.

Distributing Metal Bars:

The molds are transported out and distributed as needed once the metal is ready for usage. They’re carted away to industries where they’ll be utilized as raw materials to make new things!

Are you interested in recycling your scrap metal and getting paid cash on the spot? Contact All American Recycling for the most professional and hassle-free scrap metal recycling services in Illinois.