What We Do Not Accept

Some Items That We Will Not Accept

NOTE: All American Recycling reserves the right to refuse to purchase any material that poses a safety or environmental hazard. All American Recycling WILL NOT buy stolen material under any circumstances. Please also read about the new Illinois Scrap Metal law that requires proof of ownership to be shown for certain types of metal before we will purchase them.

All American Recycling will not take many items that are not recyclable and/or not safe for the environment. See below for a non-exhaustive list of items we do not accept.  Not sure if your item or material is recyclable? Call ahead to your nearest All American Recycling location and our team of experts will help you.

  • Compressed gas cylinders with valve or closed containers of any kind
  • Asbestos-containing material
  • Acetylene or commercial gas cylinders
  • Cathode ray tubes

  • Containers with free-flow liquids (paint, oil, gasoline, etc)
  • Mercury switches or devices
  • Televisions or computer monitors
  • Flammable or combustible material

  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • CFCs or refrigerants
  • Munitions or explosives
  • Radioactive material

  • Vehicles
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Ballasts containing PCB’s
  • Capacitors/Transformers
  • Sealed tanks (Freon, propane, gas, etc.)
  • Oil filters

  • Halogen Bulbs
  • Nickel Cadmium Batteries
  • Oil based furnaces
  • Medical test equipment/ X-ray equipment
  • Any liquids or sludge
  • Any non-metallic items

Ferrous Metals Non-Ferrous Metals