Atlas Iron and Metal Company is a scrap metal recycling facility on the Alameda Corridor in Los Angeles, California. Atlas, a family run organization since 1949, is one of the leading buyers of steel, cast iron, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, brass, radiators, insulated wire, electric motors and all other metals in the Los Angeles area.
Southern California, while dry for the majority of the year, has seasonal downpours that can flood low lying areas. Atlas’ location was no exception. As scrap recyclers it is not uncommon for them to see heavy oil from engine blocks, grease, particulates or suspended solids (known as TSS in the stormwater community), metals, and COD (chemical oxygen demand). Despite the company’s efforts to control pollutants on site through rigorous source control and housekeeping BMPs they still had concerns that some pollutants were making their way into local waterways.
With the help of StormwateRx LLC Atlas revamped their entire stormwater conveyance system to reduce pollutants from leaving their site and entering in local waterways.