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Alabama Scrap Laws

(non-commercial customers)

Hereford Scrap Metals, LLC operates in full compliance with 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 there is any question about the ownership of the material we will immediately notify the police and prosecute anyone that sells us stolen material.  We also refuse the right to purchase any material for any person(s) that appear to be under influence of drugs or alcohol.

According to Alabama Code 13A-8-37, it is unlawful to purchase commercial scrap unless the seller has verifiable documentation and/or business license/company letter with contact numbers. Please call 256-538-8611 for more information about acceptable and non-acceptable material. 


You must be at 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 (we do not accept burnt copper/AC coils require special documentation (call)

Over $500 for all other scrap


Scrap automobiles require a title, all vehicles purchased must be validated through the Alabama Scrap Vehicle Portal to check for liens and theft reports. All fluids must be drained and the fuel tank and mercury switch must be removed.

                                                                                               Commercial customers:

If you are selling any commercial scrap we must have proper documentation before purchasing. You must have a business/trade license and/or company letterhead, please contact Dalton Cranford or Joe W. Hereford at 256-538-8611 for more information on setting up a commercial account. 

We follow all local, state and federal environmental regulations. We do no accept any scrap material that contains any fluids, fuel, freon, or any

other hazardous material. We do not accept batteries that are busted, damaged or leaking. We do not accept any non metallic items such as 

wood, cement, etc. Please call the scale house at 256-538-8611 for more information on restricted/prohibited items. 



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