Steuben Recycling Business a Family Affair



Jacqueline Weaver

The recycling business is a family affair for the Robinsons, shown here standing in front of their “tin pile” of metal that will be recycled. From left, Debbie Robinson, Rowland Robinson, Danielle Colson and Rowland Robinson Jr.

STEUBEN — A hefty weight is a good thing at Rowland’s Recycling, which buys metal by the pound for recycling.

“The heavier you are, the better,” said Debbie Robinson, wife of owner Rowland Robinson.

The Robinson family has had a junkyard and car dealership for 20 years, but grew tired of taking their salvage elsewhere and watching other residents haul their metal to Bangor for recycling.

So in March they expanded their Dyer Bay Road operation to the former RP Boat Shop on Route 1, a three-acre property with a large boat shop and additional building.

Downeast residents lined up quickly to sell everything from old refrigerators to junk cars, for which they are reimbursed by the pound.

“They were lining up right away, but we just got our 70-foot drive-on scale,” said Debbie Robinson, wife of owner Rowland Robinson. “We were using a couple of race car scales.”

The business is a family affair with Debbie and Rowland, their son, Rowland Jr., and his girlfriend, Danielle Colson.

Rowland’s buys mixed iron, also known as No. 1, cars, copper, lead and any old equipment made of metal, from lawnmowers to metal furniture. They also buy batteries.

Newer model refrigerators are not accepted because they are largely made of plastic, Debbie said.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine.
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