recycling

The SA Facility Spotlight is on our Port Facilities!

SA Recycling, the largest scrap metal recycler in the Southwestern United States, features two deep sea bulk loading port facilities; one located in the Port of Long Beach and the other in the Port of Los Angeles. SA Recycling Terminal Island and SA Recycling Long Beach are widely recognized as environmental leaders in the industry and remain the port’s only bulk metal recycling export businesses.

Our Terminal Island facility, serving the southern California area for 50 years since 1962, incorporates state-of-the-art storm water treatment, particle matter, and dust control systems. We operate one of SA Recycling’s four mega shredders, which is used for shredding and processing scrap steel that has other materials incorporated into the metal. 

Both SA port facilities feature the ability to load bulk cargo ships and use a similar procedure. These facilities handle bulk loading of scrap to be exported to countries like China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and India. In 2012 20 million metric tons of ferrous scrap, valued at more than $9 billion, was exported out of the U.S. to 90 foreign countries. The process of loading a vessel with over 40,000 metric tons of recycled steel usually takes less than 4 days.

The two port facilities are important members of the SA Recycling family of companies as well as our own respective Port communities. It is important that these facilities operate under the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) and continue to actively take part in the Port’s environmental programs and plans. SA Recycling continues to be recognized as an industry forerunner in materials processing, recovery, and recycling. To that end, we are proud to be the first metal recycler in the USA, and perhaps the world, to install a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO). The RTO removes VOC’s that are part of processing shredded metal. Our successful business model focuses on people, innovation, and inventiveness while never losing sight of the importance of safety, the protection of the environment and the belief in community responsibility.

We are proud to have been chosen to receive the 2012 San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action award, the 2011 Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Company of the Year award, the 2010 Destination Tomorrow award, and the 2009 San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award. In addition, many of our treasured employees have been with us for over 35 years, one of them at 45 years of service. We salute the men and women that are so dedicated to our recycling mission for a clean and healthy world.

Contact David Thornburg for further information regarding our port facilities.