Preserve and protect the environment

Since 1885, we’ve focused on recycling one of the world’s most reusable materials and conserving precious resources. DJJ operates to minimize our environmental footprint, doing our best to benefit the earth and climate by keeping metal out of landfills.

Can a scrap yard save the earth?

Well-maintained with state-of-the-art equipment and customer-friendly employees, our recycling facilities defy expectations of what a scrap yard looks like. But it’s on the inside where you’ll find our greenest initiatives and sustaibability in action. Our recycling facilities are key to conserving natural resources.

Nucor 2020 Sustainability Report

Fluids, CFC’s & Mercury Switches

We clean and sort all scrap before shipping.  Our teammates safely and efficiently remove all items from vehicles and appliances that could harm the environment. We led a nationwide movement to remove mercury switches from older cars before they are recycled. As of 2020 DJJ and its recycling locations have recovered more than 376,291 mercury switches, resulting in over 828 lbs of mercury being removed from the environment. Our operations employ the most comprehensive radiation detection equipment and procedures to screen and stop hazardous materials from entering our facilities.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG)

Interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Look no further than recycling steel. According to the EPA, every ton of steel made from recycling steel nets an overall reduction of 0.49 metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCE) into the environment. When you recycle tens of millions of tons of scrap every year, this adds up to a significant environmental benefit.

In 2019, DJJ teammates completed over

individual environmental related tasks

Our recycling facilities are among the most environmentally advanced in the industry. In addition to routine inspections for environmental compliance, each facility receives a detailed annual inspection that evaluates all aspects of our environmental performance. DJJ’s environmental management system extends to each of our operating facilities and our trading network.

2019 Environmental Awards

These awards recognize entities that go beyond environmental regulations and strive towards sustainability.


  • Indiana’s Clean Yard Gold Award
  • The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program Gold Leader Award

The Facts

2 out of 3 tons of steel made in the U.S. is manufactured using ferrous scrap.

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This means millions of tons of reduced greenhouse gas emissions due to less energy needed to manufacture products, avoiding landfill use, and cleaner streams and rivers thanks to reduced pollutants discharged from both ferrous and nonferrous manufacturing mills

Recycling 1 ton of steel conserves 

pounds of iron ore

pounds of coal

pounds of limestone

This equals substantial reductions in environmental impacts from mining.


tons of scrap are recycled in the U.S. annually

The best technology to harness the ultimate renewable resource

Converting this scrap metal into a valuable replacement for virgin raw materials while still protecting the environment takes more than hard work.  It takes the most innovative technology available, which is exactly what you’ll find at our 60-plus U.S. recycling facilities.

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Ferrous Recycling

Our ferrous recycling uses high efficiency shredders, balers, shears and sorting equipment.

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Non-ferrous Recycling

Processes include baling, wire recovery, briquetting, shearing, accurately sorting alloys, custom packaging and toll conversion arrangements.

Patented Bulk Scrap Analyzers

Accurately determine the chemistry of scrap grades, reducing the variability in scrap charges.  This process also allows us to certify the content of key elements critical to our customers.

Sophisticated Sortation System

Uses state-of-the-art technology to ensure that virtually every ounce of metal is extracted during the recycling process…and not sent to landfills.

Proprietary Software

Helps steel mill customers optimize scrap charges to produce the lowest cost liquid steel to exacting specifications.