About Alton Materials

Since 2001, Alton Materials has become a leader in ferrous and non-ferrous scrap management. We have built our reputation through strong customer relationships with individuals and dealers, as well as commercial, industrial and demolition companies all over western Illinois and the St. Louis Metro area. Processing and recycling all types of scrap metal materials in a safe and efficient manner has allowed us to provide our customers with a one-stop shop for their recycling needs.

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Our mission couldn’t be simpler: Provide the highest level of service in dealing with your scrap materials while offering the most competitive price. Whether we are creating a scrap management plan that fits your business or simply recycling your old soda cans, Alton Materials is committed to giving you a no-hassle experience that benefits us both.

Being a caring corporate citizen in the St. Louis region

At Alton Materials, we believe pride and involvement in our surrounding community is just as important as any of the services we provide. That’s why we’re deeply committed to pitching in and partnering with local programs and events all over St. Louis and the Illinois/Missouri Metro area. Here are just a few of the organizations we’ve been proud to support over the years:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Special Olympics
  • RiverBend Growth Association (RBGA)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • YWCA – Women of Distinction
  • River Bend Head Start
  • Oasis Women’s Center
  • Beverly Farms
  • Luestgarten Foundation
  • Bethalto Charities
  • Local food pantries
  • Local law enforcement
  • Many local sports teams

You know what they say: any job worth doing is worth doing right.

For Alton Materials, that doesn’t simply mean collecting, recycling, and brokering your scrap metal. It means making sure each and every employee and customer remains safe and secure from the moment they set foot on a job site to when they return home for the day. That’s why we adhere to the strictest safety guidelines and industry certifications available.


Alton Materials is committed to promoting and providing a safe, healthy environment for our customers and our employees at all times. Through constant training and self-evaluation on the latest guidelines and industry standards, we are extremely proactive in how we address the safety of everyone who comes to any one of our three locations.

All employees go through a rigorous screening and training process before being allowed to work. They must also wear a mandatory uniform that consists of:

  • Safety glasses
  • Steel-toed boots
  • Gloves
  • Hard hats
  • High visibility work gear


Alton Materials is proud to say we have been certified by and are members of the following:

e-RAILSAFE Certified

Each one of our employees wears the e-RAILSAFE ID Badge. This lets everyone know that they have been properly screened and have completed all of the required safety and security awareness tests the premier Workforce Safety and Security Management program provides for Class 1 Railroads. Click here for more information about the program.

ISRI Membership

Alton Materials is a proud member of The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), a nonprofit trade association that represents all public and private scrap recycling companies. As an ISRI member, we follow the ISRI Safety Manual guidelines on proper equipment use and maintenance, the correct loading and unloading of trailers, scrap yard safety, and accurate material sorting. Click here to learn more about the ISRI.

Qualsafe Solutions

In an effort to keep our workplace a safe one for all of our employees at all of our locations, Alton Materials has partnered with Qualsafe Solutions to perform safety audits on a quarterly basis. Qualsafe Solutions also ensures that our employees are well-educated in all OSHA guidelines and regulations. You can find out more about what this means to our commitment to safety by clicking here.

Illinois Scale Certification

All of our scales have been certified and approved by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to ensure accuracy.


Staying actively involved in our local community is just as important to us as the scrap metal we process. Learn more about our company’s involvement in the area here.


Safety & Certifications

The safety of our crew and customers is our top priority. Click here to find out how we go about making our facilities among the safest around.



Have a question? Check our FAQ page for the answers to the most commonly ask questions about our business.


Frequently asked questions

Are you open to the public?

Yes. All of our locations are open to the public six days a week. We invite everyone to recycle with us and be compensated.

What types of businesses do you serve?

We service commercial, industrial and residential customers of all sizes. Take a look at our Business Services page to see what we can do for you.

What MUST I have with me to sell scrap metal?

You must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid state-issued photo ID card such as a Driver’s License.

What is NOT an acceptable form of identification?

We do not accept F.O.I.D. (Firearms owner identification), fishing licenses, debit or bank cards, insurance cards, or federally-issued IDs such as U.S. passport, military ID, etc.

How do I get your current prices?

Our prices track market value, and we’re transparent about what we pay for your scrap. To find out our prices, call us directly at the following numbers:

Ferrous Prices: 618-462-0277

Non-Ferrous Prices: 618-462-2901

How long will it take to recycle my items?

It all depends on how much you are bringing in. Normally, it takes no more than thirty minutes to complete a transaction, including unloading, grading, weighing, pricing and receiving your cash or check payment.

Where do I go?

We have two separate entrances at each location: one designated for all ferrous materials and the other for non-ferrous metals and scrap. Check what you have against our What We Buy page to make sure you are going to the right one.

Do I have to unload myself?

No. Our very knowledgeable and friendly staff will be happy to assist you if you need help.

Do you provide drop off and/or pick-up service?

Yes. We have a wide variety of equipment to service your recycling needs. We will provide roll-offs, gondola trailers, flatbeds, dump hoppers or whatever you may need to handle your scrap. If we don’t have the container you need in inventory, we can order it for you.

How do I know how much weight I have and if the weights are correct?

We have state-tested and certified digital scales that are visible to you at all times. As your materials are weighed, you can view the scale and be reassured that you will be paid for every pound that you are recycling.

What if my question is not on this list?

No problem. Please get in touch with us through our Contact Us page and someone will send you an answer as soon as they can.

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