What We Buy

What We Buy at Joseph Smith & Sons

At Joseph Smith and Sons, we strive to keep our customers informed. There are many different kinds of materials that are considered “Scrap.”

To see a list of Ferrous Materials we buy, click here. For our Non-Ferrous list, click here!

Below is a list of the items that we do not buy, for your convenience. This is in no way a complete list, as that list would be miles long.  If you have any questions regarding what we do or do not buy, contact our buyer below.

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Items We Can NOT Accept:

  • Hazardous Waste
  • Propane Tanks
  • Live Ammunition
  • Paint
  • Radioactive Material
  • PCB Material
  • Tar Pots
  • Acids
  • Combustible Materials
  • Trash or Excessive Glass
  • Loose Tires
  • Mercury
  • Freon
  • Explosives
  • Ink
  • Liquid Filled Transformers
  • Steel Cable
  • Asbestos
  • Leaded Glass
  • Televisions
  • Safes
  • Wood
  • Fuels
  • Shopping Carts


We can NOT accept the following:

  • Any Item of Which the Majority of Weight is Constituted of Glass, Plastic, or Non-Metals.
  • 55 gallon drums must be open and clean
  • Larger tanks must be drained and dry with a 15” square cut open for inspection
  • Gas or Diesel tanks must be removed or split open and completely dry

Items We Can NOT Accept From Non-Government Entities:

The items listed below cannot be accepted from Non-Governmental Entities, public utility companies or contractors without proper written authorization. Written authorization must be on company/agency letterhead, indicating that the material is being released for recycling purposes.

  • Brass or Bronze Cemetery Ornaments
  • Beer Kegs
  • Aluminum Bleachers
  • Street Signs
  • Light Poles
  • Manhole Covers
  • Aluminum Scaffolding
  • Tree Grates
  • Railroad Material
  • Cement Forms
  • Traffic Signals
  • Guard Rail

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