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Western Metals Recycling Overview

Sandy, UT
51 to 200 employees
Company - Public
Metals Brokers
Unknown / Non-Applicable
WMR was formed in 1996 and is the Intermountain West’s largest scrap metal recycler with recycling facilities located in Colorado, Nevada and Utah.  Our processing capabilities include automobile shredders, balers, shears, mobile shearing, torch processing ... Read more

Company Updates

  • A beautiful morning in the Provo yard!

  • WMR hosts Colorado School of Mines - ​They are working on a project to improve the quality of shredded ferrous scrap for EAF steel production. The ultimate goal is to help reduce energy consumption while producing quality steel scrap especially from shredded automobile scrap. We provided them with samples of shred as well showed them around the shredder and recovery plant.

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Western Metals Recycling – Why Work With Us?

Neighborhood Outreach

We strive to be a good neighbor in the communities in which we do business. For example, all our facilities support local community fire departments, providing space and vehicles for firefighters training with “Jaws of Life”.

We work with fire and police departments, and have developed strong community partnerships with programs like:
  • The Clear the Air Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Boy and Girl Scouts of America
  • Junior Achievement
Safer for the planet. And your neighborhood.

Of all the relationships we’ve built since 1996, we are most proud of our work with local law enforcement.  All across the nation, our employees are teaming up with local police officers and elected officials to tackle the important issue of combating metal theft. For starters, we digitally record every single transaction in our facilities. Police use this information to identify suspects and help keep crime out of our communities.

Working with communities…and the people who protect them.

We are deeply rooted in the communities where we do business and are respected for our integrity. Community residents and leaders know we have strict standards for what materials we’ll accept at our facilities. For example, we have the most comprehensive radiation detection system in the industry and have received awards for our performance in this field.

We make it easy for customers to drop off ferrous or nonferrous scrap and get paid quickly and reliably. We also help communities maximize their tax base, while minimizing their local environmental footprint.


Serving those who serve and protect.

Why Should YOU Choose Western Metals Recycling?

When we – the nearly 250 employees of WMR – look at scrap, we don’t see heaps of rusty, old metal. We see potential. Potential for shiny new cars and appliances. Potential for affordable feedstock for production. And of course, for conserving energy and creating a cleaner environment. Then we go to work, harnessing all that potential with the best technology in the business.

See what some of our employees say about us!

Sherece Anderson

Plymouth, UT

I joined Western Metals in 2006. Since then, the WMR commitment to safety has had a tremendous impact on my life. What started as a work related concept has become a big part of my home life. It is rare for a company to truly practice what they preach. I have been very fortunate to work for such a company. My recycling facility has become like a home to me and my team members are more like family than co-workers. I look forward to working with my WMR family for many years and I am truly excited for the future opportunities that Western Metals has to offer.

Kevin Christensen

Plymouth, UT

I’ve worked for different companies in my career before landing at the David J. Joseph family of companies back in 2001. There is no other organization I’d rather be with. Since 2006, I’ve had the opportunity to be with DJJ’s operating group as part of Western Metals Recycling LLC – again, no other LLC I’d rather work with! It’s been my experience that in whatever capacity I’ve been in, I appreciate that they ‘practice what they preach’ - my definition of integrity. Bottom line, working for this company has given me growth opportunities I don’t believe I could have achieved with any other company. I’m honored to be a part of such a great organization.

Ken Swenson

Provo, UT

It has been my pleasure to work with Western Metals for 15 years now! I owned my own scrap metal business for 25 years and sold it to WMR in 1997. Employees who made the change with me it has been a perfect match. The culture and integrity of the Western Metals family are without equal. To work for a company where safety, honesty, integrity and profit each lend themselves to success makes getting up and going to work in the morning easy. Our customers sense and see the employee commitment and love to do business with us. Here’s to many more years of success!

Join Our Team of Proud and Passionate Team Players

Working here creates a sense of loyalty. Maybe it’s because we know we’re making a real difference in the world…in our communities…for our customers…and for the environment. We’re passionate about our business and about building relationships that stand the test of time. We’re hands-on self-starters who thrive on opportunities, challenges and have a strong work ethic. And of course, we’re competitive. Yet first and foremost, we’re team players.

WMR offers many challenging opportunities for both men and women seeking a career in recycling, construction, manufacturing or operating heavy equipment.

At WMR, we recognize the pressures and challenges employees face when trying to balance work and home life.  We also understand that our employees are better able to meet the demands of their jobs when their own personal needs are being met. 
Because we value the time employees commit to our team, we offer competitive compensation including bonus opportunities and an excellent benefits package:
  • Company sponsored 401(k) plan with company match and additional company retirement contributions
  • Medical and Dental coverage for employees and their dependents, including preventive care
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Coverage
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation
  • Employee Monthly Stock Investment Plan with company match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program 

Western Metals Recycling Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Tremendous Opportunities for Growth!"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Metals Recycling full-time (More than 5 years)


    Western Metals Recycling is a great company that is dedicated to employee development, career growth and opportunities within its family of companies. I have had the privilege of working for Western Metals Recycling for over 5 years now and I have experienced such a positive and encouraging work environment. The benefits are great and the management team is supportive and extremely hard working, which in turn inspires employees to mirror their work ethic. Hard work and dedication are continuously recognized and rewarded.


    There are no cons to working at Western Metals!

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Western Metals Recycling Photos

Western Metals Recycling photo of: WMR Provo Earth Weeks pledge resulted in a $5,351.83 Donation to Habitat for Humanity
Western Metals Recycling photo of: The Western Metals “Re-Cyclers” rode a combined 922 miles as part of the Bike MS ride.
Western Metals Recycling photo of: WMR hosts Colorado School of Mines
Western Metals Recycling photo of: WMR pledged to donate to Habitat for Humanity based off Ferrous Tons and Non-Ferrous lbs. bought from the public during Earth Week.
Western Metals Recycling photo of: Teammates in Provo, UT were trained in CPR, First Aid and AED.
Western Metals Recycling photo of: Safety is our #1 value. Safety teammates are learning about safeguarding equipment.
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Western Metals Recycling Interviews



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    Commercial Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Western Metals Recycling (New York, NY).


    Met a recruiter at my college career fair, first interview was an informal phone call with a regional manager who asked general questions about me and what I've done leading up to now, second interview was also on the phone since I wasn't located near their headquarters, third interview I was flown to Kansas City and all of my expenses were paid for. During the third interview I spoke with several people all with different job titles. Everyone was very nice, interested in learning about me, and shared as much as they could about the position and company.

    Interview Questions

    • Talk to me about your work experiences and extra curricular activities throughout high school and college.   Answer Question
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Western Metals Recycling Awards & Accolades

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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

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