We are closed Monday May 27th for Memorial Day

Staying Safe at the Scrap Yard


As we get into the winter season, one critical topic is safety in a scrap metal yard, and Sahd Metal Recycling is committed to keeping our visitors safe! Whether you are looking to scrap your recycled metal or buy usable steel, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, or lead, there are many things you can do to make your trip to our scrapyard safe!

When coming into our metal recycling facility with scrap, make sure your vehicle has a secure load, strapped if on a trailer, and separated as best as possible between your lite iron, steel, rotors and copper, brass, aluminum, and stainless steel – it will make your trip much smoother! Set Google Maps to our address, 1045 Lancaster Avenue, Columbia, PA 17512. We are the friendliest yard, offering metal recycling and metal buying near you! When you approach our facility, you will see our big sign with the green S and the truck scale to the right next to our office building as you approach from the street.

All visitors looking to buy metal need to register in the office. Shelbie will get you to sign in and will offer you the opportunity to register for our loyalty program and all the discounts that go with it! We ask that you take an orange plastic bag and tie it around your belt loop for high visibility, and better yet, come to the scrap yard with high visibility clothing. Before planning your trip, you may want to check us out on Facebook Marketplace; searching Sahd Metal Recycling will allow you to find many items that are in our yard.

We will give you a map of the yard and show you where the usable steel area is along Columbia Avenue. That area has steel angle, plate, channel, pipe, box tubing, racking, I-beams, rebar, and many other usable steel items. We also have an area dedicated to aluminum and stainless steel pipe, plate, angle, and box tubing. Inside our metals shed, we have usable copper, brass, and lead for sale. Outside our office area, we have antique fencing, posts, and architectural salvage.

The most important safety focus for visitors is knowing where you are going for the material you are looking for—no climbing on material or reaching in to pull items out of the pile. Stay clear of any machinery and watch footing, especially during winter months with ice every morning, especially on steel plates. All buyers have a no-entry zone off of the inner loop near the lite iron area; please respect the fenced areas and other red no-entry areas on our map.

Sahd Metal Recycling is also committed to a safe visit for all of our customers bringing metal in as well! Before coming in with your recycled metal, check out our prices at the following link: https://recycleyourmetal.com/scrap-metal-prices/ We are one of the few scrap metal recycling facilities in the area that publish our current metal prices online for everyone to see. We pay the best prices for your copper, brass, stainless steel, and aluminum.

Any customer who is a repeat customer selling metal and knows that their load is suitable for the small metal scale, or if they have aluminum cans, can proceed right to that area. Follow the white line in the road right inside the gate, making a loop to end up in the alleyway. Aluminum cans can be dumped in the green hopper to be weighed and sorted. Aluminum, copper, brass, insulated wire, lead, batteries, and other non-ferrous items can be given in the window to be weighed. Just give your ID to our staff, and we will take care of you! One tip for new scrappers is any item that doesn’t stick to a magnet will generally be worth more money than an item that does stick.

Customers that have lite iron, steel, unprepared steel, prepared steel, cast iron rotors, rebar, or any other recycled metal items should first pull onto the truck scale right next to the office. Shelbie will record your weight and direct you to follow the yellow line back to see Ed in our yard. He will help sort your recycled metal and get you the best prices for your metal.

All customers, buying or selling, are asked to observe our 5 MPH speed limit and stay clear of any machinery and be very observant of all employees and other customers.

We are delighted to invite the public to our yard, and hopefully, we can continue to offer opportunities to our community to visit. If we all stay safe and recycle and buy metal safely, we can continue to offer the public the opportunity to visit and see us in action!


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