Scrap Metal Long Island

Scrap Metal Long Island

At Irving's Recyclables you will find specialists for industrial Long Island, Nassau County & Suffolk County scrap metal ready to pay top dollar. We are large enough to handle your industrial recycling needs while small enough to provide personal attention.




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If we can't buy your scrap metal, we can give you advice on where to take it. Click the link for a list of Long Island scrap metal we buy.

Conveniently located in Amityville, Suffolk County on the south shore of Long Island, New York. We will help you unload your vehicle and scrap metal. Bring your car batteries, radiators, electric motors, catalytic converters or factory scrap metal! Pick-up service is also available. Located near Gershow, Two Brothers, North Shore and Hesh's Recycling.


Industrial pick-up service is available for your convenience.

We have roll-off, flatbed, and dry van fleet service at your disposal.

Come to Irving's and get cash for your industrial scrap metal Long Island needs!

Best prices on Long Island.

Get the best price for all of your scrap metal!
  • Carbides
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Nickel
  • Stainless steel
  • Regular steel
  • Lead
  • Iron
  • Alloys

 For a complete list see Metals We Buy

Competitive pricing for scrap metal recycling on Long Island. Call or email us today & we will prove it to you.


Aluminum is a tough yet lightweight rust-resistant metal found in the Earth's crust in combination with other elements. The United States aluminum industry is the world's largest. Statistics indicate that consumers here go through enough cans to accumulate a weight in aluminum weight equal to roughly 3 billion pounds each year. Aluminum is the most valued among commonly recycled metals. Unlike many materials, it can be recycled over and over again. Foil can actually be put into your recycling bin at home. As a matter of fact, several auto makers have been choosing aluminum for car hoods and panels.



Brass is a gold-colored alloy of copper and zinc. Alloys are a merging of two different metals, or they can be a metal combined with an element. Brass also contains approximately 2% lead, which is added to improve mach-inability. Brass is commonly used in decorative, mechanical and architectural functions. Brass can be found in locks, gears, door knobs, valves, plumbing fixtures, electrical appliances and musical instruments.



A reddish brown metal with a metallic luster, copper is one of the most valuable Long Island scrap metals. It is found in plumbing pipes, roofing materials, motors, cookware, electrical wires and air conditioners. Alloys such as brass and bronze are made with copper. The substance has been sought after by artists, machinists and architects because of its malleability and conductivity. Only silver has a higher electrical conductivity. Copper is a necessary component in the motors, wiring, radiators, connectors, brakes and bearings used in cars and trucks. The average automobile is comprised of anywhere from 45 to 100 pounds of copper depending on size and quality level. There are actually two kinds of copper labeled in the scrap metal recycling industry: #1 and #2. #1 is number one for a reason. This is more of a pure, raw copper that has not had any other substance added to it. #2 will usually have soldered joints or some other material that has been embedded. There is actually a #3 copper which is not mentioned as much. This is a "light" copper and has less value. The material is usually found as a sheet that is less than 1/16" thick.


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Cast, pig and wrought are types of iron, which is the second most common metal in the planet's crust. Combined with small amounts of carbon, this Long Island scrap metal produces steel. Pig is an elemental form of cast iron. Speaking of cast, there are many types of this form which are named based on the color (white, gray, etc). 



Lead is a bluish-white lustrous metal. It is soft and highly malleable. It is very resistant to corrosion but tarnishes when exposed to air. The most important commercial use of lead is in lead-acid storage batteries. It is also used in plumbing and in alloys such as fusible metals and anti-friction metals. Lead is used for covering cables and as a lining for laboratory sinks and tanks.



Nickel is a lustrous, silver metallic element that is commonly present in the earth's crust.   It is one of the most frequently used metals and applied in over 300,000 different products. Nickel is largely used in alloys, particularly with chromium and other metals to produce stainless and heat-resistance steels. These are used for pots, pans, kitchen sinks, food processing equipment and medical equipment. All of these products are top candidates for Long Island scrap metal.

Stainless Steel

This metal is found in hardware, knives, kitchenware, medical tools, canteens, commercial equipment and much more. Stainless steel does not corrode or stain. It has many levels of grade and several different finishes. These qualities make it appropriate for use with food. There are some pretty amazing sculptures created with stainless steel, some of which were made by artist Jeff Koons. These large works of art resemble balloon animals and have a brightly colored, reflective surface.


New steel can be created from scrap and iron ore. Various grades are produced by adding other elements that include nickel and chromium. The process of steel-making has been around for hundreds of years. It was only in the mid-19th century that it became the industry we see today. 

Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals

These are the primary groups of metals. The main difference is that ferrous metal contains iron and non-ferrous does not embody iron. Ferrous includes steel, cast iron and wrought iron. Non-ferrous includes copper, brass, lead, silver and aluminium. Brass, as mentioned, is a combo of copper and zinc.

Ferrous Long Island scrap metals are commonly found in railroads, tools, knives, vehicles and pipes. Rust forms on most ferrous metals, excluding wrought iron and stainless steel. Another noteworthy characteristic of this type is that it is magnetic. Most of the metals in the world that are recycled are ferrous. Remember, it's all about the iron content.

Additional information about renewing Long Island scrap metal

The actual refining of aluminum metal is so energy intensive, using recycled aluminum to manufacture new aluminum products saves a huge amount of the energy required to produce aluminum from ore. Aluminum recycling saves the energy equivalent of 15 million barrels of crude oil every year. Recycling copper uses only 10% of the energy needed for extraction. This energy saving leads to the conservation of valuable reserves of oil, gas or coal and reduces the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. This is yet another reason why copper is a prized Long Island scrap metal. Because brass contains a large percentage of copper, recycling brass will also save energy needed for extraction and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Considering its composition, brass is also a valued Long Island scrap metal. The recycling of used lead scrap metal products applies only about one third of the energy required to produce lead from mining, resulting in substantial energy savings and fewer carbon emissions.

Scrap history in the U.S

In order to obtain materials for military gear during WWII, the United States conducted scrap metal drives. They needed substances such as copper and tin for weaponry. Although previous cultures had recycled scrap metal, this is when recycling really began in the U.S. People in small towns had their own drives to help the military. And it wasn't only metals. Paper was gathered for packaging and rubber car tires were converted for use with gas masks. Today, scrap metal throughout Long Island and the world is continuously salvaged. Remember, nothing ever disappears. It only transforms.

Scrap metal repurposing

Aside from recycling metal, people have actually re-configured the materials. All sorts of imaginative sculptures exist throughout the world. So many possibilities for Long Island scrap metal. Read more about uses for Long Island scrap metal.


Items Consisting of Metal

Aside from the metal substances themselves, many household and office products contain metal to recycle. Washing machines, refrigerators, computers, circuit boards, printers, scanners, telecom equipment and electric motors are just some of the candidates. If you are not sure if your item will be accepted, feel free to ask us. Now let's examine a few of these products.


Washing Machines

This may not be the first object you would think of recycling, but it's a big one. Both literally and figuratively. It turns out that washing machines actually have a body and drum made with steel. Most of the remaining material in washers are plastic, which is a little more obvious on the exterior. Cords are usually coated with copper. A wonderful thing about these machines is that they normally do not consist of any hazardous liquids like some other appliances. As a result, they have been more earth-friendly than refrigerators and freezers.


Recycling and scrapping computers is a huge global system. As the progress of technology causes machines to quickly turn obsolete, millions of computers and accessories have to go somewhere. Sometimes they are loaded on boats and shipped overseas to third world countries. Otherwise, there are usually nearby recycling facilities such as Irving's. By the way, have you every opened a computer tower? There's actually a lot of empty space in there. The interior features a few circuit boards, drives, cables, power supply and fan. Not much else. Most PCs become rather useless after a decade. One of the few parts you may want to salvage is the hard drive in order to save files. Otherwise, the material is ripe for e-waste recycling.

Video Game Console Systems

Like computers, video gaming is constantly updated as well. People want the latest systems while the previous ones are phased out. Especially the consoles that are broken. Because these electronics contain hazardous substances, the regular trash is not the place to discard them. We are talking bromine, beryllium and polyvinyl chloride. A landfill is not an environmentally sound destination. Some older video game systems are in demand more than others. The rare or truly popular consoles you may want to keep. Unless it is a special edition, the regular Atari 2600 system is fairly common and worth very little. Unless it is brand new in box, which is extremely rare.

Elevator Control Systems

Aside from the elevator itself (or "lift" as they call it in England) there are other potential scrap metal components. The button panels, primary velocity transducer, sensors and cables and contribute to the control system. So if you happen to have this type of hardware, give us a call.


Determine your options prior to disposal of a stove. They are large, contain a lot of metal and potentially harmful to the environment. Some older stoves embody chemicals which will damage the ozone layer. As a result, scrapyards are the best place to dispose of a stove. Just be sure to call ahead for any special instructions.

Pots and Pans

Every household has some sort of cookware combination that is made of metal. The material is likely aluminum, copper or steel. Check first that your pots and pans to be recycled do not have a Teflon coating, as a portion of facilities will not accept items with that coating.

Automotive and Boat Parts
If you aren't selling an entire car but have auto parts, there are many segments made of metals to recycle. Once they are cleared of other materials, car parts made of aluminum are usually the radiator, rims, engine block, alternators and bumpers. The catalytic converter is a piece of metal that needs to be in correct form before bringing to a buyer. Make sure to remove the pipes connecting to it, so you can see the interior. Just don't try to open the "cat." Aside from the automobiles, there are also some boats which have high aluminum content. Like the car parts, different materials need to be separated first on the boat. But if a boat happens to be constructed entirely of aluminum, then hallelujah!

Places to Find Scrap Metal on Long Island

If you don't actually have the materials in your home, there are definitely places to find scrap metal on Long Island. Just make sure that your methods are legal. There are people that steal copper pipes from old industrial sites. This is not an honest route. The first spots to check are dumpsters, river banks and the sides of roads. Really, wherever in Nassau County or Suffolk County you think people would be discarding materials. Beyond this, try stopping at Long Island businesses that work with metals. They may have extra parts that might have been too heavy for them to move out. Construction companies or auto parts shops are good candidates. This might be a given, but when you are searching for scrap metal on Long Island, drive a van or pickup truck. You never know when you'll stumble upon a goldmine of metal. The copper, steel or brass could be gone before you go back for more. Those metals are in high demand.

There are many places to find Long Island scrap metal. Start making some extra money and help the environment at the same time! If you have any questions about scrap metal in Suffolk County or Nassau County, contact your trusted scrap metal buyer on Long Island today.

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We accept scrap metal from all citizens across Long Island, Nassau County & Suffolk County including; Wantagh, Amityville, Massapequa, Farmingdale, Bay Shore, Lindenhurst, Babylon, Bellmore, Seaford & Bethpage.