In observance of Independence Day, Bracken Recycling will be closed Thursday July 4th, Friday July 5th, and Saturday July 6th. We will resume normal business hours on Monday July 8th. See you soon! 

That’s ok!  We are here to help!  Here is some useful
information that might answer some of your questions:

At Bracken Recycling, we understand that the some of the State law that regulates selling your scrap can be confusing. As a result, we’ve outlined our responses to some of the most common questions we receive.

Q. What does Bracken Recycling do?

A. We buy scrap metal and electronics from the public and businesses then ship it off to be recycled into new products.  We don’t care if you have 1 pound of scrap or 100,000 pounds of scrap!  We value every customer!

Q. What do I need to do with my materials?

A. If you want to earn some extra money while helping the environment, all you need to do is bring it in.  We will do the rest.  Our friendly staff will give you direction and gladly unload your material when you get here.  Please click the link above for Items we accept.  We also provide container services for pickup of large quantities of scrap.  Please call our account manager Brian Davila @ 210-970-5866 to get set up!

Q. How much money will I make?
A. This all depends on the type of scrap you bring in.  All scrap metal and electronics have a different value, as they are traded on the commodity markets.  We buy the majority of recyclable scrap by the pound.  When you get here, we will weigh your material on a scale certified by Texas Department of Agriculture and price it out.  You’ll always have an opportunity to look over your ticket and discuss it with a buyer before you complete your transaction.  You can always call our office before you load up your material and ask what it’s worth or if we accept it.

Q. What types of recyclable metals are regulated by the State?
A. State law requires that recycling centers keep record of the specific materials that they purchase. While the list of these materials is somewhat long, in general there are special rules for purchasing the following items:

  •   Aluminum (except for aluminum cans)
  •   Copper
  •   Brass
  •   Stainless Steel
  •   Lead

Q. What do I have to provide to sell material?

A. In order to sell the material mentioned above, you have to provide a current form of identification that can either be a State-issued Driver’s License or Identification Card. We are also required to record a photo of the material, your vehicle information, your fingerprint, and a photo of you at the time of the sale. This isn’t just a rule at Bracken Recycling. These are rules that apply to every recycling center in the State of Texas.

Q. What do I need to do to sell my automobile?
A. In order to sell your automobile, you must provide a title, regardless of the age of the vehicle or its condition. For safety purposes, we also ask that you remove the gas tank and any fluids, and remove the battery.
Q. Where can I get more detailed information on laws related to recycling?
A. You can click the link below to access more specific information:

Q. How does Bracken Recycling pay its customers?
A. On September 1, 2015, a State law changed that affects how we can pay our customers. We now have to pay you by check for the metals that we currently require an ID for, unless you have an approved “Cash Card” at the time of your visit.

A Cash Card is a photo ID, like a membership card, that you receive by mail after you fill out a simple, one page application here at Bracken Recycling. On the application, you will provide:

  •   Your State Driver’s License or ID number
  •   The address for us to mail you your Cash Card
  •   A photo for your new Cash Card
  •   Your fingerprint and your signature

Once you receive your Cash Card in the mail, you can present it to us along with your State Driver’s License or ID and receive cash payments for your transaction. In addition, your Cash Card will need to be renewed every two years. Without the Cash Card, we will be required by law to issue you a check as payment for your material.

We know this is a hassle, and we will make every effort to ensure that we process your application quickly and get your card in the mail right away. Please note that all Texas metal recycling facilities have had to institute this program.

This law does not apply to the scrap iron or aluminum cans that you currently sell
without an ID.

Come by for your Cash Card application today!

Q. Can you accept my item?
A. Send us a picture of what you want to recycle and we can let you know.
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Bracken Recycling scales are government certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Hours of Operation
Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon