Recycling NJ
Beverage Can Recycling

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Beverage cans (soda and beer cans) are made from either aluminum or steel. Both types of beverage can are easy to recycle and provide a useful source of income for the recycling companies. You do not need to sort your used beverage cans into steel and aluminum varieties as these can easily be separated from each other using magnets.

Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy that would otherwise have been used to extract the aluminum from the bauxite raw material.

The recycling law in New Jersey dictates that all schools, businesses and individuals must recycle aluminum and steel cans.

Beverage cans should be rinsed with tap water and then placed in the curbside recycling box. If you do not have a curbside recycling scheme in your community you can take used beverage cans to your county municipal recycling center.

Check your local town or county recycling website for more details on what materials are collected in your curbside recycling box or at your nearest recycling center.

Commercial businesses also exist that will collect unwanted metal items from your property. Often this service is FREE of charge.

FREE metal TAKEFREE metal TAKE will collect scrap metal items and old household appliances from you and arrange for these items to be recycled at local recycling facilities. You can arrange for the metal items to be collected at a time and date convenient to you.

The items that are accepted, as well as those that will not be accepted, are described on the FREEmetalTAKE website.

FREE collection of metal items from outside your property is available except in the following circumstances.

  • A $20 freon removal fee may be applied for the removal of A/C units, refridgerators or freezers.
  • Small scrap metal pick-ups outside of a 20 mile radius of Piscataway may be charged a mileage fee.
  • A small fee will be applied if large items need to be removed from the building, instead of being placed outside, ready for collection.

Please refer to the terms and conditions outlined on the FREEmetalTAKE website for more information.


Mr Scrap Recycling will collect unwanted metal items from households in Somerset, Middlesex and Hunterdon counties. They will collect items from ground level for FREE but there is a small fee for collections from other locations (basement, 2nd floor etc).

All metal items accepted. e.g. Appliances, electrical cables, pots and pans, metal fencing, childrens swings, bicycles, car batteries...

To arrange a collection contact Mr Scrap at (908) 616-0004.

More information can be found at the website and through the following pdf documents.


Can I Get Paid to Recycle Beverage Cans?

We are often asked if it is possible to sell used food and beverage cans to recycling companies in New Jersey and the simple answer to that is YES!

Some scrap metal yards will pay for aluminum or steel cans, but you will need to separate the cans into their different metal types because steel has a different commercial value to aluminum.

Use a magnet to detect which cans are made from aluminum and which ones are made from steel. The steel cans will stick to the magnet but the aluminum cans will not.

Collect a large number of beverage cans together before making the trip to the scrap metal facility or you will end up spending more money in gas than you will get back from the sale of the used cans. In addition, many scrap metal recycling facilities have minimum quantity requirements so phone ahead to confirm the amounts that will be accepted.

To find a scrap metal yard in your area look in your local yellow pages under "scrap metal" or on the yellow pages website. Alternatively, search the internet for scrap metal yards in your zip code area. We suggest you call them before making a trip to their facility to check their opening hours and to make sure they will accept the quantity of material you are able to provide as some scrap matel yards have minimum quanitity requirements.

Ecycler is a website that matches together people that have recyclable materials they wish to dispose of, with people that wish to collect those materials. If you register as a disposer or a particular recyclable material you can opt to give the materials away for free or to get paid 40% of the collectors profit for the waste material. The great thing about this system is that you can get paid simply for leaving certain recyclable materials outside of your home for collection on a pre-arranged day.


The following companies will pay for beverage cans that you collect for recycling.

All Container Recovery, Inc

Accepts aluminum beverage and aerosol cans from consumers. Aerosol cans should be completely empty. Steel cans will not be accepted.

Other aluminum and non-ferrous (not iron or steel) items will also be accepted for recycling. See the consumer or business recycling links below for more information.

All Container Recovery, Inc.
28 Howard Street
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Tel: (732) 752 8823
Fax: (732) 424 2028

Mon. - Fri. 8:00 to 16:00
Sat. 9:00 to 13:00.

For more details regarding which metal items they will accept and how the materials should be prepared see the following All Container Recovery web pages...


American Recycling

Accepts aluminum beverage cans. Also pays for copper, brass, aluminum, cast iron or steel scrap metal.

3113 Route 50
Mays Landing
NJ 08330
Tel: (609) 965 2900
Tel: (888) 398 4274

Mon. - Fri. 7:30 to 16:30
Sat. 7:30 to 12:30.

For more details regarding which metal items they will accept see the American Recycling website


Beacon Scrap Metal Co. Inc

6075 Main St
South Amboy
NJ 08879
Tel: (732) 727 2300


215 Throckmorton St
NJ 07728
Tel: (732) 462 0543
Fax: (732) 462 5146

Mon. - Sat. 8:00 to 17:00

Accepts CLEAN steel and aluminum beverage cans. You should separate the cans by metal type.

We suggest you phone Beacon Scrap Metal Co. Inc for directions, current pricing and for full details of what they will accept and how the cans should be prepared, before making a trip to their collection facility.


Federal Metals & Alloys

Only aluminum beverage cans accepted. No minimum quantity required.

Contact Sherry using the details below for more information.

4216 S. Clinton Avenue
South Plainfield
NJ 07080
Tel: (908) 756 0900

Mon. - Fri. 8:00 to 16:00
Sat. 9:00 to 13:00.