Since 1916, we've been a leader in the recycling industry in New York State. With our 12-acre, 80,000-square-foot complex in Utica, New York,
Empire is one of the nation's largest recycling centers for metals and paper. We serve major manufacturers, municipalities, individuals, small and large businesses and other organizations. Additional customers include independent businesspeople, tradespeople and smaller recycling companies. From non-ferrous metals to paper, and from iron to steel to confidential document destruction, Empire Recycling has a program to meet your needs.

Empire Recycling processes millions of pounds of material each week including:

  • non-ferrous metals (copper, brass, aluminum, zinc and alloys)
  • ferrous metals (iron, steel and stainless steel)
  • scrap paper
  • confidential document destruction

Welcome to Empire Recycling!

Our family has been in the scrap metal business for over 90 years - our family began by recycling rags and metals. We have expanded over the decades to include all types of metal and paper and also shredding of confidential documents. We often use the slogan "we make it all go away". That statement says it all - anything you need recycled, we can take care of. And you can be assured that it is done in the most environmentally safe way possible and that confidential documents are handled with the utmost security.

Today, we oversee the operation and growth of eight divisions across New York State. We are constantly updating our processes to recycle a larger volume of high quality materials to provice to mills and foundries throughout the United States and the world.

We look forward to working with you and to answer any questions you may have on Empire Recycling.

Steven Kowalsky
Ed Kowalsky
Vice President

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