Company History

Recycling for nearly 100 years!

Reliable was founded (as Reliable Junk Company) in 1918 by Maurice Sclar.

Around 1910, Maurice emigrated from Eastern Europe to work for his uncle in Gettysburg, PA. He would travel south into Frederick County on his horse drawn wagon, visiting farms and businesses to purchase scrap metals and other materials. Over time, he grew quite fond of the area. In 1918, several Frederick citizens convinced Maurice to relocate to Frederick and establish his own company. Reliable operated at several locations in downtown Frederick, until the purchase of the East Street property in 1948. After 63 years of growth and success on the corner of E. 5th and East streets, Reliable relocated in October, 2011 to 8005 Reichs Ford Road in Frederick.

Maurice Sclar had established himself as a trusted and highly respected citizen and businessman. That legacy was continued by three of his six children, Abraham, Rebecca (Kandel) and Reuben Sclar. Abraham was president of Reliable from 1959 until his retirement due to illness in 1995. Abes' son, Brian Sclar, then became the 3rd generation president and ultimately the sole owner of the company. Brian is now joined by his son, Eric, as they proudly continue to lead the company toward a century of providing an efficient, environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art recycling center. The Sclar family traditions of honesty, courteous customer service, and pride in our community will always remain the cornerstone of our legacy.