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About Apex

First In People  Quality Service

From humble beginnings in 1997 with just two employees and a small storage unit, it’s safe to say we’ve come a long way! It’s taken time and hard work, but we are proud to see our company grow along with our team each year.

Today, we can proudly say that we have our own team of drivers and a variety of equipment to help you with all your recycling needs.

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Clean. Green. Sustainable.

We care about our environment and are proud to partner with QualSafe Solutions to keep it as clean as possible.

Committed to Our Community

We firmly believe that together, we can create a thriving community. We are honored to be affiliated with the following organizations and businesses, as each plays a vital role in improving our community.
Accepted Materials

While we purchase almost everything scrap metal, there are a few things that we don't buy.

Equipment & Facility

We invest in only the best equipment, ensuring we can handle a wide range of materials.


Do you have a question for us? Feel free to contact us, and we will help in any way we can.

The History of Apex

We believe in our values and stand by them. First in people, quality, and service. These values drive our business and our commitment to providing the best service in the industry.

Founded in 1997

By Chris Ahring in Fairmont City, Illinois, with only one 1-ton truck and one storage unit, Apex originally aimed to buy automotive cores from nearby automotive wreckers and resell them to part purchasers.

By 2002

We had purchased 20 acres of land across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. This allowed us to expand our business and move our operations out of a storage unit and into a facility.

By 2012

We added steel recycling to the available services we could provide, which helped our company continue to grow.

By 2016

Apex Recycling Services was proud to have officially doubled its facility's size! We purchased another 20 acres, allowing us to provide demolition scrap services and materials handling.


Our facility currently sits on 40 acres with over 170,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space, including 12 loading/unloading bays. We are proud to have invested in the latest high-tech machinery that supports it, including a Niton X-Ray Alloy Analyzer, radiation detection wands, several Doosan DX excavators, and an 830E Senebogen.

Featured in Recycling Today

Recycling Today featured the story of how we started, and we couldn’t be prouder! Check out the article!

Our Guiding Principles

Honesty and integrity first
Embrace change
Promote positive attitude
Move fast, never procrastinate
Be creative, take chances, make mistakes
Always give your best and be a team player
Be passionate about what you do or do something else

Loyalty to Your Self Faith Family Coworkers

Safety First

Apex Recycling puts the safety, health, and well-being of our customers, employees, vendors, and local community above everything else. Since we opened our doors over 15 years ago, we have continued to be extremely proactive in our safety measures.

Ensuring the safety of everyone that enters our facility is paramount.

We have proudly partnered with QualSafe Solutions of St. Louis, Missouri. QualSafe is a 3rd party safety and environmental company who specializes in not only general OSHA compliance but customized safety compliance training and plans. By performing quarterly audits they make sure that our facility is safe and that we stay ahead of any new OSHA regulations. We have always been and will always remain OSHA compliant – our facility has received exemplary status reports every quarter.

Apex holds the operation and safety training of employees as the top priority. Our employees receive various state-certified training courses and classes from QualSafe to ensure compliance for not only their health, but the health and safety for everyone at Apex and the local community. 

Careers at Apex

We are constantly expanding our talented team. If you’re a hard worker interested in making a difference in your community, we’d love to talk to you about our fantastic opportunities.

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