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Items Not Accepted

This list is not all-inclusive. Call for more detailed accepting guidelines.

  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Black Coax with Steel Wire
  • Capacitors
  • Coax Cable/TV-VCR
  • Computer monitors
  • Electrical ballasts
  • Furniture panels
  • Fluids – oil, gasoline, antifreeze, hydraulic fluid, etc
  • Hazardous or toxic materials of any kind
  • Insulated steel cable
  • Keyboards
  • Live ammunition
  • Mattresses with non-metals attached
  • Mercury
  • Mice, computer
  • Motorcycles
  • Non-metallic materials – tires, wood, dirt, yard debris, concrete, asphalt, glass, rubber, etc
  • Oil filters
  • PCBs or items containing PCBs
  • Radioactive materials of any kind
  • Safes/Vaults
  • Smoke/Heat Detectors
  • Steel ammo
  • Steel cable, insulated
  • Televisions
  • Torque converters
  • Whole vehicles (call for details on which parts we can take)

Items Accepted (with conditions)

This list is not all-inclusive. Call for more detailed accepting guidelines.

  • Aerosol cans (punctured, drained completely)
  • Air conditioners *(see below)
  • Aluminum transmissions (pan off, oil drained completely)
  • ATVs (must be off-road, not titled, fuel and oil drained completely, plug and cap off, tires removed)
  • Barrels/Drums (one end removed, no residue, triple rinsed)
  • Bathtubs (porcelain-lined cast iron or steel)
  • Burned copper wire (with a copy of the fire report from the Fire Department showing that the metal was burned in an accidental or controlled fire)
  • Car doors (glass removed or rolled down)
  • Commercial Metal Property (per ORS 165.118 the purchase of specific items require documentation and/or will be reported to law enforcement: guard rail, railroad material, road signs, etc.)
  • Compressor motors/Oil enclosed motors *(see below)
  • Copiers (no toner or paper)
  • Dishwashers (as is or empty)
  • Dryers, Clothes (as is or empty)
  • Engine blocks (oil filter and pan removed and all fluids drained)
  • Fencing (rolled up and mashed, no debris or non-metal)
  • Hydraulic cylinders (cylinders completely drained, hoses removed, shaft in)
  • Kegs (must have OLCC license)
  • Lawn mowers (drain oil and fuel, remove rubber tires and batteries from riding mowers)
  • Light fixtures (ballasts, bulbs, and lens covers removed)
  • Microwaves (as is or empty)
  • Paint or stain cans (empty, dry, lids removed)
  • Printers (no toner, ink cartridges, or paper)
  • Refrigerators/Freezers *(see below)
  • Rototillers (oil and fuel drained completely, leave plug out/cap off, remove tires)
  • Scanners (as is or empty)
  • Steel cable (sections <5′ long or </=2′ diameter coil banded in 5 places, not accepted if insulated)
  • Stoves/Ovens (as is or empty)
  • Tanks – air, fuel, propane, or water  (call for details 541.926.4616)
  • Washers, Clothes (as is or empty)
  • Water heaters (drained of water, valve open)
  • Wood stoves (all firebrick, ash, and rope lining removed)

We will purchase refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners if the oil enclosed compressor motor has been removed. We will also purchase compressor motors, once separate from the unit, if there is a hole in the bottom and all oil has been drained. 

Please join us in being wise stewards of our environment. Please recycle recaptured oil properly. It is illegal to vent refrigerant into the atmosphere. Contact a licensed technician for assistance.


It is never a pleasure to turn away a customer who wants to recycle with us. If you have any further questions about acceptable items please contact us.

We reserve the right to refuse any item not mentioned in these lists at our discretion.