Our History

One man, one truck, one dream...

Scrap Metal in the Cinelli family began in 1956 when Joseph Cinelli Sr. purchased a truck to hustle scrap metal, paper and rags. Working 80 hour weeks Mr. Cinelli utilized his truck in the summer and weekends to sell watermelon through the streets of Jersey City and Hoboken, NJ. He drove a truck right up till his retirement at the age of 78. An honest hard working Family man, he earned the respect of all who have known him.

Today Mr. Cinelli is quite proud of his sons that have taken his work ethic and have grown his one man-one truck business to one of the most modern progressive scrap metal companies in the Tri State area.


JOSEPH ANTHONY CINELLI WOOD-RIDGE Joseph Anthony Cinelli, 85, of Wood-Ridge passed away on January 8, 2013. Born in Jersey City on June 23, 1927 to the late Saverio and Jose-phine Cinelli. Joseph was a Navy Veteran of W.W.II. After W.W.II, Joseph sold wa-termelons with his truck throughout Jersey City and soon later began to salvage scrap metal. He was the inspiration that encouraged his four sons to start Cinelli Scrap Metal and Cinelli Iron and Metal. Today both companies employ over 150 employees.

He was loved by all and will always be remembered for his love of life and his infec-tious smile. He was the beloved husband of the late Anne (nee: D'Esposito) Cinelli; devoted father of Joseph Cinelli and his wife Maureen of Montvale, Gary Cinelli and his wife Jodi and Glen Cinelli and his wife Dawn all of Wood-Ridge and Craig Cinelli and his wife Tracy of Allendale; dear brother of the late Dominick and Frankie Cinelli; loving grandfather of Carrie-Ann, Joseph, Anthony, Aubrey, Gary, Alison, Kelly, Ryan, Michael, Samantha, Nicole and Anthony; and cher-ished great-grandfather of Lexi Ann, Thomas, Anthony and Hudson. The Cinelli Family wishes to thank Bonnie for her loving care of our father.