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Are there any items Southern Resources doesn’t accept?
Can I sell scrap metal to you? Do I need any papers or a special license?
No special license required — Just a valid US government issued ID
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to sell scrap metal?
Not necessarily, but you will need a US government issued ID
Is it worth the effort?
You set a good example, clean up the community, conserve energy, help the local economy, help the environment, & get paid more money than most people expect to do it! And once you’re here, we’ll have you Weighed, Paid & On your Way in about 15 minutes — We think its well worth it.
How much money can I make selling scrap metal to Southern Resources?
Well, our biggest pay out so far was over $1 million dollars to a single individual for a single parcel. The average 1st timer leaves with close to $100. But let me ask you, if you could make $20 for an hour’s interesting adventure, would you do it?
Where can I find Scrap Metal?
You probably don’t have to look to far:
Around your home (garage, attic, tool shed, utility room, etc.): copper tea kettles, brass figurines, lamp bases, stove top burners, toaster, appliances, hot water heater, old swing set, old bicycles, lawn mowers, lawn furniture, above-ground swimming pools, metal fountains & sculptures, cell phones, computers, electronics, insulated copper wire, copper pipes, aluminum window frames, aluminum storm door frames, wrought iron, brass hardware & knobs, aluminum gutters & siding, aluminum or stainless steel pots & pans, silver, old jewelry, power supplies, fan motors & bases, brass drain covers, brass valves & spigots, old tools, etc.

Vehicle: aluminum bumper, copper & brass radiator, aluminum engine & transmission parts, starter, alternator, pistons, manifolds, catalytic converter, aluminum rims, etc.

Office: telephones, computers, faxes, printers, copiers, aluminum cans, steel cans, metal filing cabinets, metal shelves, racking, etc.

On your normal routes: neighbors putting scrap metal on the curb for pick-up, your local mechanics, local siding companies, plumbers, electricians, repairmen, air-conditioning contractors, roofers, gutter companies, machinists, constructions sites, demolition sites, farms, & anywhere where they manufacture anything at all (cookies, bedsheets, soap, ANYTHING) ALL manufacturers will have scrap metal; see if they’ll let you haul it to us.

Put the word out: Host a jewelry party & buy your friends’ old jewelry, tell the world you’re interested in scrap metal & let your friends & aquaintances call or text or MMS or email you when they come across, spot or drive-by scrap opportunities.

What types of metal does Southern Resources buy?

Southern Resources is one of the most comprehensive one-stop-shop scrap yards in the South Eastern United States. Where most scrap yards only focus on iron & steel or at most Aluminum, Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel & Iron. Southern Resources deals in all forms & alloys of 33 different base metals. We can also handle your cardboard, x-ray film, lithographic film, jewelry scrap, coins & electronics!  Here is a list of all metals we accept:

  • Aluminum
  • antimony
  • beryllium
  • bismuth
  • chromium
  • cobalt
  • copper
  • gallium
  • germanium
  • gold
  • hafnium
  • indium
  • iridium
  • iron
  • lead
  • manganese
  • molybdenum
  • nickel
  • osmium
  • platinum
  • palladium
  • rhenium
  • rhodium
  • ruthenium
  • silver
  • tantalum
  • tellurium
  • tin
  • titanium
  • tungsten
  • vanadium
  • zinc
  • zirconium

What do you mean when you say “Form”?

Southern Resources handles the following common forms Including, but not limited to:

1. Bar- a circular & relatively long, straight, rigid piece of solid metal.
2. Cast- metal formed by being poured into a mold and allowed to cool. Has a rough surface.
3. Clips – small pieces of metal that are cut off when trimming metal.
4. Contaminated- impure or unclean by contact, connection or mixture with other metals or pollutants.
5. Clean- free from foreign matter or pollution. Pollution can come in the form of other metals, plastic, dirt, moisture, oil, etc.
6. Extrusion- metal formed by being forced through a die.
7. Film- thinner even than foil, flexible, transparent sheet.
8. Foil- metal in the form of very thin sheets; so thin as to be malleable by hand, like aluminum foil. (not transparent)
9. Pipe- a hollow cylinder of metal used for the conveyance of water, gas, steam, petroleum, etc.
10. Plate- a smooth, flat relatively thin piece of metal of uniform thickness. Often forming part of a machine or a piece of metal on which something is engraved or used as a printing surface.
11. Prepared- in pieces 3 ft by 2 ft or smaller.
12. Unprepared- in pieces larger than 3 ft by 2ft.
13. Rod- a small diameter bar of metal.
14. Screen- a sieve or other mesh-like device made of metal wire and used to separate smaller particles or objects from larger ones, as for grain or sand.
15. Sheet- a broad, thin, usually rectangular mass or piece of metal 1/8th in. or less.
16. Shells- metallic cartridge or hard, protecting or enclosing case or cover.
17. Slag- the refuse of a smelted metal
18. Sludge- a mixture of some finely powdered metal and water (or some other liquid).
19. Solids- pieces of metals larger than a marble with a definite geometric shape.
20. Tubing-a hollow, usually cylindrical body of metal, especially one that conveys a fluid or functions as a passage.
21. Turnings- Borings from drills, or chips or shavings produced in shaping metal on a lathe, or some other machine for shaping metal.
22. Wire (bare) – wire that has been stripped of its covering to be clean of everything but metal.
23. Wire (insulated) – wire that is still wrapped in its protective plastic or rubber covering.

What do you mean when you say “Alloy”?

An alloy is any mixture of 2 or more base metals melted together so that their atoms are fused into a new aggregate molecule usually designed to achieve some new metallurgical property, such as the example of several dozen specific alloys of stainless steel being the mixture chromium, nickel, & iron to achieve an alloy that will not rust under normal conditions; thus the moniker “Stainless”.
How can I tell what type of metal I have?

Our scrap experts will be happy to analyze your scrap metal & educate you on how to get the most money out of each parcel.
Are there any items Southern Resources doesn’t accept?
How do I know Southern Resources is giving me the highest price?
We actually publish our competitors prices, check out our Pricing Page. But don’t take our word for it, call around, we’ll match or beat any apples-to-apples price you get.
If I want to get serious about scrapping metal on a regular basis, what tools do I need?
Just a resourceful mind & a trusty scrapper’s magnet. Ask us & we’ll give you a lucky magnet for free & even teach you how to use it to identify scrap metals in the field. You may also want to invest in a sawz-all & a decent pair of work gloves.
What is the minimum / maximum?

  • There is no minimum nor maximum to donate, but the payable minimum is 50lbs for iron & steel, 2lbs on non-ferrous items.
  • Currently we would have to make special arrangements if you planned to deliver more than 5 tractor-trailers or 50 dump trailers in any single day.

When will I be paid?
Instantly
Is selling scrap metal taxable income?

You can easily argue “not”. Since you purchased the products that contained the metal, your “cost basis” is usually significantly higher than the value of the scrap metal, so you don’t have any taxable income. If you receive the scrap for free or otherwise get paid in excess of your investment, then you have taxable income on the amount the scrap was sold, but don’t forget to subtract all your costs from handling, dismantling and transport the metal.
Does Southern Resources turn in my scrap receipts to the IRS?
We are only responsible for the taxes we owe, which we pay in full. What you may or may not owe is a matter between you and the IRS.
Can the money from my scrap go to a charity of my choosing?

We think that’s awesome! In fact, we’ll go in with you! For any approved 501c3 non-profit charity, Southern Resources will add in another 10% for a 110% donation to the charity of your choice!
I just jacked some scrap last night, will you buy it from me & cover my tracks?
Absolutely not! In fact, our President, Mark Clackum, who happens to also sit on the Board of Directors for Charlotte’s Crime Stoppers, got proactive when he was frustrated by bands of theives being supported by dishonest competing scrap yards, so he helped pioneer the program which Mecklenburg county is now using (& neighboring counties have adopted) to obligate scrap metal dealers to assist police in the identification of scrap metal thieves.
Can I buy metal from you, if I find something I like or can use?
Sure! Come on down & happy hunting! If what you need is metal, we’ve probably got it & we’ll sell it to you dirt cheap! By the way, Being in NoDa, Charlotte’s art district, we have helped more metalworking artists than would ever make good business sense & we have no intention of stopping. So if you’re an artist, come on over, but we expect good pictures when you’re done, we just like to see your talent.
How Do I Deliver To You?
Come by with your material anytime we’re open without appointment. Once You’re Here:

(1) You will pull through the gate on Raleigh Street
(2) Honk your horn once
(3) Someone will come out to greet you and look at what you have
(4) We unload your material for you
(5) It gets weighed on one of our certified scales (We’re the only scrap yard with certified scales in the charlotte area.)
(6) A ticket is written up (have your ID ready)
(7) You are directed to a pay room where one of our Customer Service Cashiers will get you paid the highest prices with a smile
(8) And you’re done! And we thank you for your business!

*You must have a valid ID

We are open Monday through Saturday.

What forms of metal do you accept?
All Forms Including:

1. Bar- a relatively long, straight, rigid piece of solid metal.

2. Cast- metal poured into a mold and allowed to cool. Has a bumpy appearance.

3. Clip- small pieces of metal that cut off when trimming metal.

4. Contaminated- impure or unclean by contact or mixture with other metals or pollutants.

5. Clean- free from foreign matter or pollution. Pollution can come in the form of other metals, plastic, dirt, moisture, oil, etc.

6. Extrusion- the byproduct of the process of making a shaped object, such as a rod or tube, by forcing metal into a mold.

7. Film- a thin, flexible, transparent sheet.

8. Foil- metal in the form of very thin sheets; like aluminum foil. (not transparent)

9. Pipe- a hollow cylinder of metal used for the conveyance of water, gas, steam, petroleum, etc.

10. Plate- a smooth, flat relatively thin piece of metal of uniform thickness. Often forming part of a machine or a piece of metal on which something is engraved or used as a printing surface.

11. Prepared- in pieces 3 ft by 2 ft or smaller.

12. Unprepared- in pieces larger than 3 ft by 2ft.

13. Rod- a thin straight piece or bar of metal.

14. Screen- a sieve or other mesh-like device made of metal wire and used to separate smaller particles or objects from larger ones, as for grain or sand.

15. Sheet- a broad, thin, usually rectangular mass or piece of metal 1/8th in. or less.

16. Shells- metallic cartridge or hard, protecting or enclosing case or cover.

17. Slag- the refuse of a smelted metal or ore; also called cinder. Consists mostly of siliceous and aluminous impurities from iron ore.

18. Sludge- a mixture of some finely powdered metal and water (or some other source of moisture).

19. Solids- pieces of metals with a definite shape and no hollows.

20. Tubing-a hollow, usually cylindrical body of metal, especially one that conveys a fluid or functions as a passage.

21. Turnings- shavings produced in shaping metal on a lathe, or a machine for shaping a piece of metal.

22. Wire (bare) – wire that has been stripped of its covering to be clean of everything but metal.

23. Wire (insulated) – wire that is still wrapped in its protective covering.

What are the top 10 things your scrap dealer doesn’t want you to know?

  1. Know Which Alloy Your Scrap Metal Actually Is. Did you know that there are a dozen common alloys of aluminum & hundreds of different types of brass? Scrap dealers just buy brass as “brass”, but many of the common types of brass are worth much more. Find out the alloy designation number of your metal to ensure you get the best price. Refer to our Recyclopedia to learn more.
  2. Know the Actual Market Price. Scrap metal is traded on formulas based on published commodities markets. Copper, Gold, & Silver are based on the COMEX. All other common base metals are traded on the LME (London Metals Exchange). Scrap dealers just want you to take their word for it, but you can use the internet to check today’s markets or better yet just visit our Southern Resources Pricing Page where we publish both the National Average Prices & Local Average Prices for about 50 of the most common scrap items.
  3. Lock in a formula based on a published market. You should sell on a formula based on a published market such as AMM (American Metal Market) or the LME or the COMEX. Scrap dealers often quote a big, sometimes even losing, price to get your business, then they lower the price after you get comfortable and stop paying attention. Protect yourself by contracting a formula with your chosen scrap metal recycler, so that your price automatically raises when the market does. To get a suggested formula just fill out our What’s My Scrap Metal Worth? form & ask for a suggested formula.
  4. Know whether or not your scrap dealer has certified scales. Scales are computers which can be programmed to read whatever an unscrupulous scrap dealer wants them to read. In the case of a floor scale usually with a 3′ or 4′ weigh plate designed for weighing parcels less than 5,000lbs, a quick check is to stand on it. Does the read-out display your weight +/- 2lbs? In the case of a truck-scale, (literally 50′ long & designed to weigh a tractor trailer weighing as much as 100,000lbs accurately), ask to see the inspection sticker from the Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services. You can use the same self-weigh test here, too. Does the truck scale display your weight within 20lbs? Never use a scrap dealer who doesn’t allow you to see the scale read-out.
  5. Know Your Weight in Pounds. Scrap dealers like to deal in what is refferred to as a “Gross Ton” (which is 2,240 pounds), because they will round down to the nearest ton. For example, if you have 6,695 pounds of steel, many scrap dealers divide 6,675lbs by 2,240 to get 2.98 gross tons & will round down to 2GT (two gross tons). This shaves off a full third of your weight & therefore a full 33% of your money!
  6. Again, keep it simple, deal in pounds. A common scrap dealer scam is to convert pricing to some other term such as “eaches”, “penny-weights”, “price per piece”, etc. This is a bright red warning flag that your scrap dealer is trying to deceive you. Pounds are straight forward. Make sure your material is weighed accurately & get paid your price per pound for every pound you have.
  7. Know all associated fees. Beware of hidden fees. Barring exceptional labor or recovery situations, your price quote should be a flat rate “as is, where is”& already include container rental, transportation, fuel surcharges, standard handling, administrate tasks, etc.
  8. Know what is being deducted. Be aware of all deductions, so you can review what is reasonable. where possible, insist on exact verification. For example, if your scrap metal is in a barrel, know the exact weight of the empty barrel before loading or have the scrap dealer transfer its contents & weigh your barrel back. In the cases where estimation is unavoidable (percentage recovery, projected labor, moisture deductions, etc.), it is acceptable that the scrap dealer keeps a little cushion or errs on the side of caution, but insist on an accounting to make sure it seems reasonable to you.
  9. Insist on a Settlement Report. If your scrap dealer has nothing to hide, then they shouldn’t mind giving you an itemized receipt for every transaction.
  10. Know the company. Who does the company say they are? How would you describe their company personality? One of the best ways to judge a company’s character is to know the owner. This does not apply to publicly held companies, but publicly held companies tend to be very bureaucratic and treat you as just another customer number. Most scrap yards are small to mid-size businesses, and these size companies have a tendency to embody the personalities of their owners or Presidents. What sort of person is the owner? Do they have a criminal record? Do they have good credit? Are they active in the community? Choose your scrap yard they same way you would choose a partner, because a good scrap yard will conduct itself as if they are a partner to your company.

What makes Southern Resources different?
We are partnership minded. Southern Resources is surpassingly resourceful. We seek out opportunities to help your company with the mindset that the more successful that we help your company to be, the more valuable our relationship will be.
How much time will this take?
We send a Lean & Green Consultant out for free. We can usually assess your needs in less than 15 minutes.
We know you’re busy, so we do all of the thinking for you. Our exceptionally creative team will tailor-make time-saving, dollar-maximizing recycling programs to solve all of your recycling and logistics challenges. We show you how to get the most value for your scrap metal while upholding the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility.
Is Southern Resources the best choice for my company?
After nation-wide audits and bids, more than a few Fortune 500 companies think so, as they continue to choose Southern Resources to service their scrap metal recycling needs in the most environmentally & socially responsible way.
Do you offer pick-up services?
Yes, all over the world! Click here to see our Container Gallery
How far is too far to pick-up? How much is too much? How much is too little for Southern Resources to handle?
There are basic economics that factor here, mostly having to do with transportation costs, but Southern Resources picks-up scrap metal all over the world. In the past few years, we’ve bought scrap metal from all over the USA, Canada, Central America, South America, The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, & Asia. There is no such thing as too much material. As for too little: if you have more than 500 lbs of non-ferrous scrap metal or more than 5000 lbs of ferrous anywhere in the world, we can handle everything for you. And, of course, you are welcome to deliver material yourself to our processing facility located at 3826 Raleigh Street, Charlotte, NC 28206.
How do I know I am getting the best price?
Southern Resources does what no scrap yard has ever done before:
We shop for you!
We post the Commodities Markets, National Average prices & Local Average prices for apples-to apples comparisons right here on our website! & then we guarantee to beat them all!
click here to get a quote
How will I be paid?
Any way you like. We even “horse-trade” for goods or services in kind.
We offer cold hard cash payments for a 3% fee. We offer an instant check or wire-transfer for the cash price. We even add 1% for 60-day terms & 2% for 90 day terms — both of which are better than most investment opportunities and certainly better than anything the banks are offering today!