Purchasing Laws

Important Alabama State laws govern the transfer of scrap metal to avoid theft.

- There are specific ID and photographic requirements when you sell your scrap, for record-keeping.

- Sellers must be at least 18 years old.

- Verifiable documentation showing the right to sell must be shown for the following metals:

(1) Catalytic convertors that are not part of an entire motor vehicle.

(2) Metal property of a telephone company, an electric company, a cable company, a water company, another utility, or a railroad marked or otherwise identified as such.

(3) Copper wire that has been burned to remove the insulation, unless verifiable documentation is provided that the source of the copper wire was in a building destroyed by fire.

(4) A copper, aluminum, or aluminum-copper condensing or evaporating coil, including its tubing or rods, from a heating or air conditioning unit, excluding scrap from window air conditioning units and automobile condenser coils, unless you are a licensed plumbing or HVAC contractor

(5) Any metal property that has been brightly painted or marked to deter theft of the property.

(6) Ventilation fans or similar fans designed to supply fresh air to workers in confined spaces such as underground mines or other similar circumstances.

- For the above metals, all payments over $50 must be made by check.

- For other metals all payments over $500 must be made by check.

You can download a PDF of the full set of regulations here.

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