Environmental Best Practices Management – We Wrote the Book on Compliance *

Midwest Forman Recycling occupies a unique niche in the marketplace when it comes to environmental compliance for scrap handling issues. We are experts in meeting various DNR and EPA requirements including RCRA, SARA, CERCLA and others. We have literally written the book (The ISRI Scrap Industry Handbook) that all the other scrap metal companies use to stay within legal compliance.

We also have expertise and advice related to your liability for scrap during any use down the road. Since you always remain the owner of the scrap, it’s important to know your responsibility. Because of our unique background, we can provide you with added peace of mind.

* Marty Forman was one of a group of national board members and committee chairs of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries who authored its Environmental Guidelines. The authorship was collective not individual.

Safety First

Safety is of paramount importance to Midwest Forman Recycling. Our employees are trained to think “safety first” throughout every stage of scrap material handling and transport. Our employees are also trained to use the right equipment for the job.

We offer these additional safety features:

  • Our truck fleet is regularly maintained to ensure that it is in excellent operating condition
  • Our containers are regularly resurfaced and painted for an appearance that reflects the professional appearance of your facility
  • Our drivers meet all federal and Wisconsin transportation requirements
  • In accordance with DOT regulations, we drug test for pre-employment, incident and at random, monitored by Lexus-Nexus
  • Substantial safety bonuses have been paid to our employees since the inception of this program

Materials Requiring Special Handling

The scrap industry has gone through many changes over the last several years. The changes have been both operational and regulatory. The result is that certain materials are unacceptable for processing because they are hazardous substances or safety problems. Some of the various state and federal regulations end up meaning that any party, including you as a supplier, contributing to the release of a hazardous substance into the environment can be liable, along with us, for any necessary cleanup. Recent Federal action signed into law by the President has lessened, but not eliminated these concerns. For this reason, it is in our mutual interest to take appropriate steps to identify and prevent any “bad guys” from getting into your scrap.

Operationally there is also a problem with “unpunctured” or closed containers and even those that may have some small openings. Scrap yards process most of the metal through large automated machines. As these containers move through the baling, shearing or shredding equipment, the containers can become compressed, and the liquid or gas highly pressurized. This explosive gas can then be ignited from the sparks generated by the metal against metal friction inside the processing machine or later at the foundry or steel mill. Naturally, the results of those blasts can be devastating.

We have created a list that identifies many of the problem items. We know you may need to get rid of one or more of the items on the list and in most cases we will be able to help you do so. Therefore, please call if you find that you have any of them that you need to dispose of and we will come out to help you choose the best option for your specific situation. You will rest easier knowing that you are not placing anyone in danger of an accident or threatening the environment in any way.

Unacceptable Items

Acetylene / propane bottles – all sizes Hazardous fumes, gas forms readily ignitable mixture in air, potential explosion in shredder
Automobiles DOT License required
Asbestos-lined pipe, or anything else with asbestos Hazardous fibers
Batteries – Car / Marine, etc Chemical solutions, hazardous fumes, lead
Capacitors or Ballasts – Any type/kind PCB’s
Computer cases and copy machines PCB’s and lead
Computer monitors PCB’s, lead and mercury
Items containing oil:  
Oil Filters Oil
Oil-based transformers Oil and PCB’s
Oil filled Delonghi heaters Oil
Oxygen bottles – without extra holes cutting openings Explosion
Mercury in any container Hazardous waste
Radioactive scrap Obvious hazardous waste
Safes and/or vaults Mostly concrete which is unable to be processed
Steel cable over 3-foot in length Clogs all automated processing equipment
Stereo components Capacitors with PCB’s
Submersible pumps and 2 stage electric motors Capacitors with PCB’s
Television Sets Capacitors with PCB’s, lead and mercury in picture tube
Unopened/Sealed Items:  
Automatic chain-driven garage door openers Capacitors with PCB’s
Basement fuel tanks Potential Explosion
Fluorescent light fixtures Ballasts with PCB’s
Microwave ovens PCB’s in magnetron tube
Sodium vapor light casings Hazardous Gas
Unpunctured Containers:  
Gasoline cans Potential Explosion
Fuel tanks from autos Potential Explosion
Containers with no significant visible holes
cut into it
Potential explosion
Vending machines / Non-refrigerated Capacitors with PCB’s
Items Requiring Licensed HCFC (Freon) Removal Prior To Pick-Up REASON FOR REFUSAL
Air Conditioners Freon
Refrigerators or Freezers Freon
Rooftop air heating & cooling units Freon
Water Fountains Freon
Vending Machines – Refrigerated Freon and Capacitors with PCB’s