Frequently Asked Questions


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You can drop off materials at any of our locations: West Allis and Waukesha.

We will come to you for scheduled pick ups.

Sorry, no. We don’t offer pick up services for residential customers.

Materials Handled

We purchase the following items from you by weight:

  • Aluminum (cans, siding, foil, extruded, rims, scrap and miscellaneous aluminum such as clean pots & pans)
  • Boat motors (stripped of fluids)
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Car parts (engines, transmissions, radiators – stripped of fluids, oil pans removed)
  • Carbide
  • Cast iron
  • Catalytic converters
  • Comm. wire (computer cords)
  • Copper (whole, radiators, tubing and wire)
  • Dishwashers
  • Die cast
  • Electric motors
  • Extension cords
  • Fencing (stripped of cement)
  • Insulated wire

We accept these items, but don’t purchase them.

  • Cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office paper

We don’t purchase these items, but we will still take them for a fee.

  • Air conditioners
  • Computer monitors
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Freezers
  • Microwaves
  • Refrigerators
  • Televisions

Sorry, but we don’t take the following items:

  • Any type of hazardous material
  • Anything containing liquid
  • Capacitors
  • Co2 cartridges
  • Drain oil
  • Fiberglass boats
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Kegs or barrels
  • LP tanks
  • Freon tanks
  • Mattresses or box springs
  • Mercury
  • Oil or gas tanks
  • Paint cans
  • Plastic
  • Shell cartridges
  • Vehicles

Here’s what we cover in product destruction. We do not purchase these items.

  • Clothing
  • Damaged products
  • ID badges
  • Labels
  • Out-of-date products
  • Packaging
  • Plastic items
  • Prototypes
  • Recalled products

We do not take vehicles.

We ask that you have a minimum of 5 pounds of aluminum cans

We pay cash for the following appliances: washers, dryers, stoves and dishwashers.
We charge a fee for the following appliances: refrigerators, microwaves and freezers.

We do not sell car parts.

No, we do not sell metal from our facilities to the public.

Material Payment

For qualifying items, we pay by weight in cash. We do not list prices, as they can change daily. Please call any one of our locations for current pricing, or email us at [email protected].

Residential customers are paid cash-on-site. Contractors are paid cash-on-site or through regular settlements.


ARR is dedicated to improving our community and environment through recycling as a three-generation, family-owned operation. Founded in 1938, ARR has grown to be Wisconsin’s leader in recycling with locations in Waukesha, West Allis, and Milwaukee.

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