Southern Recycling

Established in 1981, Southern Recycling started as small scrap yard in Bowling Green, KY, over the years we have grown into a full service recycling company serving Kentucky, Tennessee and the surrounding states. Specializing in everything from peddler to large industrial recycling, we offer customer pick up, roll off containers, and scrap car pickup. We currently ship our processed scrap directly to the mills via truck, rail car and barges. 

With almost 40 years experience Southern Recycling is the answer to all of your recycling needs. Our dedicated logistics team strives to make your company’s scrap management goals a success. Southern Recycling welcomes you to any of our locations and we look forward to serving you.

Southern recycling was acquired in 1999 as one of the first non-grocery companies to join Houchens Industries, and we are proud to be part of the largest Employee owned company!

Houchens Industries


Founded in 1917 by Ervin Houchens as a food store, Houchens Industries, Inc. is a diversified conglomerate wholly owned by its employee owners. Houchens has businesses in retail grocery and convenience stores; quick-to-service restaurants; insurance; stock brokerage and financial services; franchised optical stores; construction; fence materials; crushed stone aggregates and asphalt paving; recycling; tanning supply distribution; manufacturing; software and website development; property management; and juice concentrate manufacturing and distribution.

The first move outside of the traditional grocery sphere after becoming an ESOP was the acquisition of about forty convenience stores under the banner of Jr. Foods. Then in 1999, Houchens made its first acquisition of a non-grocery-related entity with the purchase of Southern Recycling, a company which had done business with Houchens Markets for years recycling its boxes. Bringing them into the Houchens' family seemed only natural. Today, Southern Recycling is a thriving operation with locations in Bowling Green, Owensboro, Kentucky, and Nashville, TN.

Headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Houchens Industries, Inc., is listed by Forbes as one of the largest 100% privately held companies in North America and - according to the ESOP Association - the largest 100% employee-owned company.