Alabama Scrap Laws
Hereford Scrap Metals LLC operates in full compliance of all local, state and federal laws regulating the purchase of scrap metals. We employee both active and retired police officers at our location. If we feel their is any question about the ownership of the material we will immediately notify the police and prosecute anyone that sells us stolen material.
According to Alabama Code 13A-8-37, it is unlawful to purchase the following, unless verifiable documentation can be provided:
Cemetery metals: statues, plaques, vases, makers, memorials or other bronze items
All railroad scrap
Copper wire that has been burned (only with official fire report)
Scrap from utility companies: telephone, electric, cable, gas and water (Business accounts only)
Manhole or drain covers
Loose catalytic converters ( must be left on scrap vehicle)
A copper, aluminum or copper/aluminum condensing or evaporating coil, including its tubing or rods, from a heating or a air conditioning unit, excluding scrap from a window air conditioning units and automotive condenser coils
Automobiles require a title if less than 12 years old, all vehicles purchased must be validated through the Alabama Scrap Vehicle Portal to check for liens and theft reports. All fluids must be drained safely and the tank removed.
You must be at least 18 years to sell scrap ( except aluminum cans) and have a state, or federal ID or passport
Non-commercial sellers: we are required to pay by check for the following:
- Over $50 for copper, copper/alum radiators, converters
- Over $500 for all other scrap
Commercial customers: a business or trade license is required
We do not purchase propane tanks or other sealed containers unless they have been safely drained and cut in half according to environmental standards. We do not purchase any hazardous materials including CFC's, petroleum products, freon, radioactive materials, or any non metallic materials. We reserve the right to refuse purchase of any scrap material if we feel environmental regulations have not been met.
Please call us for questions regarding the scrap law, we can still purchase most scrap items if you have the proper documentation.