Recycle Electric Utility Meters

Recycling Electric Utility Meters

Interco works with the resources and equipment to effectively recycle electric utility meters. Recycling electric utility meters is very common. Electric utility meters contain valuable metals and are fully recyclable.

Interco works with utility service providers, industry consultants, meter installers, and manufacturers to recycle electric utility meters. Furthermore, an electric utility meter is a device used for measuring electricity usage, record consumption of electric energy and communicates information to the utility for monitoring and billing.

As more old utility meters are being replaced by smart meters, scrap piles are increasing, and companies need to recycle electric utility meters. Additionally, keeping old electric utility meters stored in a facility can cost the company time and money. Interco helps solve this problem as we recycle electric utility meters.

Interco is a global recycling company providing metals, computers, and electronic recycling services to industrial, dealer, and government organizations throughout the western hemisphere. The 400,000+ sqft. Interco Metaltronics recycling facility comprises five buildings on more than 40 acres. Centrally located on the Illinois-side of St. Louis in the shadows of the Gateway Arch.

Recycle Electric Utility Meters
Recycle Utility Meters

Recycling Electric Meters: The Process

The process of recycling electric utility meters is easy and efficient with Interco. The practice of recycling electric meters should be performed safely using these steps:

  1. Detachment of steel rings and collars from scrap meters
  2. Pulling of precious metals from meters
  3. Disconnection of circuit boards
  4. Baling cardboard boxes

Through this process, recyclers collect valuable metals and re-introduce them into the manufacturing process. In addition, the pieces and parts recyclers collect are:

  • Brass screws
  • Copper wire
  • Aluminum wire
  • Circuit Boards
  • Steel

Finally, at the end of the process, workers take the separated components and recycle them. While many people think recycling is for common household items, such as bottles, cans, and scrap metal, it is important to consider the components inside electric meters.

When companies decide to recycle electric utility meters, they are doing their part in helping keep hazardous materials out of landfills. Interco provides an all-in, picked-up, per pound price for analog and digital gas, electric, and water meters.

Best Practices to Recycle Electric Utility Meters

When companies recycle electric utility meters, they should separate digital meters from analog meters to maximize their return. Also, remove the glass covers because they alter the weight of the meters. Thus, affecting the per-pound price. Furthermore, the use of a Gaylord box when recycling these meters can help maximize your return. By reducing labor costs and improving efficiency.

Interco has an abundance of experience recycling scrap electric utility meters. With our process, we recover and recycle 98 percent of the material.

We recycle all material approved by ISO 14001 Environmental Management and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety best practices. Interco, as an OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series Management System certified company, recognizes and manages potential health and safety risks throughout the company and the diverging supply chain. In addition, the OHSAS 18001 model is internationally accepted as the highest standard of health and safety management in existence. Interco confirms the exact weights and recorded upon receipt, and we issue a written certificate of recycling.

Utility Meters


Overall, it is important to recycle electric utility meters. By doing this, companies are helping reduce waste, landfills, and overall pollution. An electric utility meter is a device that measures electric usage, record consumption of electric energy and communicates information to the utility for monitoring and billing. Within the meter is precious recyclable materials.  

Furthermore, the Interco team- consisting of commercial, logistics, administrative, and operations department- delivers innovative solutions, competitive pricing, and quality service throughout the supply chain. The company has been an industry leader with a focused track record of innovation and integrity since 1996. Interco operates on a 40-acre facility that has more than 20 docks and the facility can receive loads by van trailer or dump. We have the capacity to ship and receive more than 25 loads pre 8-hour shift, amounting to just over 19 minutes per load.

The company is in the business of buying scrap electric utility meters. To recycle them safely and properly, Interco works with dealers and industrial partners throughout North American, as well as Central and South America. The company has been a member of ISRI since 1996. To learn how to recycle electric utility meters, click here to connect and get started with Interco.

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