The Man Behind the Name
Dale's Recycling was built on honesty, integrity, hard work and dedication. Owner and founder, Dale Nelson Sr., has always been passionate about metal recycling and racing.
As a sibling of eighteen, hard work was instilled in Dale Nelson. The Nelson family began recycling to supplement their income through the fall and winter months after crops were harvested. From a young age, he recognized the value and potential of the metal recycling industry. In his spare time as a child, Dale collected scrap metals and loaded them in his mother's car. Then his mother would take his scrap metals to the recycling plant while he was in school. After graduation, Dale left technical school to pursue opening his own recycling business.
In business since 1983, Dale Nelson has always been a visionary, focused on results with a can-do spirit. Not only a businessman, but a family man as well. Dale has raised two sons, Dale Jr. and Cody, in and around metal recycling. Today, both sons have joined him, strengthening their father's company, and are key in day-to-day operations. Dale's hard work, dedication, and hands-on approach to management has earned the respect of not only his children, employees, and the community, but also his associates in the industry. From humble beginnings, Dale's Recycling has grown exponentially to employ over one hundred and fifty people, expanded operations to seven locations, and continues to invest in the future through unwavering, continuous improvement, consistent quality, and customer focus. Dale's Recycling has become West Tennessee's recycler of choice for the general public and industries alike.
Our team is dedicated to providing excellent recycling services. We are passionate about what we do. Our employees are held to a high code of conduct that can be summarized simply by "Treat others as you would be treated". Every day our team turns obstacles in to opportunity through humility, honesty, accountability, respect, fulfillment, integrity, proactive action, open communication/knowledge sharing, solution seeking, practicing safety/environmental excellence and teamwork.
Environmental Awareness and Sustainability
Here at Dale's Recycling, or most valuable resource is our employees, customers, and the communities we serve. We are dedicated to providing a safe, healthy environment for our employees , protecting the public, and preserving Dale's Recycling properties. We strive to achieve safety, health, and environmental excellence by assuring compliance to all state and federal environmental regulation. We seek to always efficiently operate our facilities in a way that protects the safety, health and well-being of our employees, the environment, and the community.
Recycling metals preserves our natural resources through reducing the amount of raw materials needed to create new production metals. Recycling metals keeps them out of landfills and conserves high amounts of energy. Metals can be recycled and re-manufactured an endless amount of times, thus resulting in a substantial long term energy savings. When aluminum is recycled, 95% less energy is consumed, while recycled iron and steel use 74% less energy and cooper uses 85% less energy.
Youth Group from First United Methodist
Church in Jackson, TN exploring the recycling center.
- When you throw away an aluminum can, you are wasting the equivalent amount of energy of filling up that same can with gasoline and pouring it on the ground.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your television for three hours.
- Using recycled steel saves 80% of CO2 emissions and 75% of the energy needed to make steel from virgin materials.
- Recycling steel annually saves enough energy to power approximately 18 million North American households for one year.
- Virtually every car taken off the road (nearly 98 out of 100) is recycled for its steel content.
- Producing new material from scrap uses 95 percent less energy than producing the same product from our natural resources.
- A steel mill using recycled scrap reduces water pollution, air pollution, and mining waste by about 70 percent.
- Millions of tons of iron and steel are diverted from the waste stream to the recycling stream due to steel's magnetic properties that make it the easiest material to separate from the solid waste stream.