How to Recycle Aluminum Cans (Hint: We make it easy!)


There are few items more common in recycling than the aluminum can!  And at Sahd Metal Recycling we pay competitive prices for your aluminum cans and make the process as easy as possible!

As with all we do, aluminum can pricing per pound is always located on our website.  We believe in communicating honest and upfront pricing to our customers at all times and we update our prices daily if necessary.  Often we run specials for Earth Day, National Recycling Day, and on other big days throughout the year to give our customers a bonus price per pound.

The first step is to sort your cans for recycling.  Any can that sticks to a magnet is lite iron.  Soup cans, vegetable cans, and other similar cans are often lite iron and it is very unusual to find them being aluminum.  If you would like to be paid the lite iron price for those cans please keep them in a sorted separate bag.

If a can does not stick to a magnet it is probably aluminum.  We can take any can that doesn’t stick but do prefer cat food cans and non-soda and beer cans to be separated in a separate bag.  There is no need to worry about any magnetic can that is included in your bags, our can machine will separate them out when you come in.

Your cans can be whole, crushed, smashed, or whatever format you would like them to be in.  They just need to be empty and free of plastic bottles, trash, and other items–you would not believe what sometimes gets in the bags!  We prefer not to have to rip open a bunch of small grocery store bags, please open all grocery bags and put them into a big bag that is easy to open when you get here.

If it is your first visit to our yard feel free to come into the office and Shelbie will be happy to help guide you through the process.  Any time after or if you feel confident in our yard layout from pictures and videos on our website feel free to come inside the main gate and loop around to the back of our building where the green can conveyor is.  We will help you unload your cans, rip the bags open and dump them into our conveyor.  There we pick out any stray trash, plastic, or glass, and the magnet at the top of the belt will take the steel cans out.  What is left gets dumped into the hopper on the other side that is weighed with each person’s load of cans.  Our scale personnel will give you a ticket with the weight or walkie the total to Shelbie in the office so she will know the total weight.

Drive up to the office, present your driver’s license so you can be put in our system. At that point (or even before you visit) sign up for our customer loyalty program at  This will entitle you to a 3% bump in pricing on every visit and special price promotion days and contests we do throughout the year.  We love our loyal customers and have developed a strong community of recyclers that we like to reward.

One last thing to consider with bringing recycled aluminum cans to our scrapyard give us a chance to show the value of recycling to our youth.  It’s a great deal of hard work and at 34 cans (approximate) to a pound, lots of effort for the payout.  Many parents, scout troops, and other organizations like aluminum can recycling for the money and for the values it instills in kids learning about money, hard work, and of course recycling.  We offer monthly tours from March through November and it is a great way to get kids of all ages into the recycling spirit!  Bring your cans with you and cash out then so the kids can get a payout for their work.

In summary, you need to find a scrap yard you trust when selling any metal!  Sahd Metal Recycling has been in business for over 80 years and we are proud to have earned the trust of our loyal customers.   We are open for recycling Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm, so check out our prices online, collect those cans and come on in!


Acceptable Materials

Appliances including:
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • FOR A $10 FEE—Air Conditioners

End of Life Items Including:
  • Machinery (all fluids,pans and cylinders removed)
  • Farm Equipment
  • Farm Machinery
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cast Iron Patio Furniture
  • Cast Iron Outdoor Railing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steel Wheels
  • Steel

Nonferrous Scrap:
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Pots and Pans
  • Aluminum Siding/Gutters/Downspouts
  • Aluminum Patio Furniture
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Aluminum Wire
  • Auto Batteries
  • Brass Fixtures/Lamps Decorative items
  • Cable, Fence and Wire
  • Christmas Lights
  • Copper
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Pipes
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Valves and Connectors
  • Copper Tubing
  • Copper Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Insulated Wire
  • Radiators
  • Screen Doors/Windows (glass removed)
  • Stainless Steel

Prohibited Materials

  • Acetylene Cylinders
  • Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)- applies to both fibrous and solid materials
  • Any Scrap Containing Refrigerants (CFC or HCFC) (Freezers, Refrigerators)  Air Conditioners are accepted for a $10 fee
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT/tube-style computer monitors or televisions)
  • Closed Compressed Gas Cylinders – high pressure cylinders with valve intact
  • Combustible or Flammable Materials – fuels, paints, degreasers, unpunctured aerosol cans
  • Corrosive Materials – highly acidic or caustic materials (battery acid, caustic soda, etc.)
  • Explosive Materials, Munitions, Shell Casings – includes suspect military scrap
  • Free Flowing Liquids (including water)
  • Hazardous Waste – toxic or poisonous materials or wastes
  • Infectious Materials – blood-soaked or biohazard items
  • Liquids or Scrap Containing Free Flowing Liquids – fuels, antifreeze, oils, hydraulic fluid, paints
  • Mercury Containing Materials – mercury-containing thermostats, switches or fluorescent light bulbs
  • Non-Metallic Items – concrete, wood, asphalt, dirt, debris, tires (more than 5 per auto)
  • PCB-Containing Materials
  • Whole tanks uncut
  • Radioactive Scrap – anything exhibiting radiation levels above background
  • Scrap with Small Capacitors that contain 50 ppm of PCBs