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Whether you’re trying to dispose of an old appliance, a blown car engine, a set of rims, a bundle of wire or a truckload of aluminum cans, Southern Metals Recycling not only has you covered, we’ll get you paid! Why let that valuable scrap metal sit around your property taking up space and looking unsightly? There’s nothing better than a clean yard and a pocketful of cash.

Scrap Vehicle Acceptance Policies

Vehicles and Trailers- (O.C.G.A §§ 40-3-36; 40-3-56) when purchasing a vehicle, the seller must have either a title or title cancellation certificate (to be filled out by SMR employee).

*Title Cancellation Certificates- if the seller did not obtain a title in their name or has lost the title for a vehicle that is older than 12 years and worth less than $850. Or if a trailer is at least 12 years old and worth less than $1700. Then a title cancellation certificate (MV1SP) needs to be filled out and signed by all parties. **Note: knowingly falsifying a title cancellation certificate by either the buyer or seller is a felony. **

*Filing Documents with the DMV- originals titles and/or Title Cancellation Certificate must be sent to DMV within 72 hours of purchase. **Note you must also submit the information to the federal government.**

*Record Retention- a copy must be kept of the title (front and back) and of the signed Title Cancellation Certificate, copy of receipt of purchase, and a copy of the check for 2 years.

*Liens/Security Interests- required to check to verify there are no liens on vehicles. If there is a lien listed on the title, it must be signed on the title that it has been released.

  1. Liens on Vehicles Less than 12 Model Years Old- for vehicles that are less than 12 model years old, the lien is considered satisfied and released, if it has been at least 10 years since the date of issuance of the Tile for the Vehicle.
  2. Liens on Vehicles 12 Model Years or Older- for vehicles that are over 12 model years old, a lien on the vehicle will be considered satisfied and released, if it has been 4 years since the date of issuance of the Title for the Vehicle.
  3. Extension of Liens- liens may be extended beyond 10 years for a vehicle which is less than 12 model years old and beyond 4 years for a vehicle which is 12 model years or older by obtaining a new Title for the Vehicle with the lien listed on the new title.

All liens are now required to be released by the lienholder upon their satisfaction.

What We Buy and What We Don't

Dear Valued Customer,
As you know, Southern Metals Recycling is committed to the protection of the environment, compliance with all scrap recycling laws and regulations and above all the safety of our customers, employees and community. As part of this ongoing effort we want to share with you the most up-to-date information on maintaining safe loads and material prior to pick-up or delivery to our facility. Below is our Source Control information. This will help you identify those materials that we can safely and efficiently recycle and those that we cannot. With your help, we can ensure that this is a safer, cleaner, more profitable experience for all parties. Please review the outline and feel free to ask any questions you might have. We greatly appreciate your help!


The purpose of this outline is to stress our continuing commitment to safe, environmentally responsible recycling. Our commitment is intended to protect you, our supplier, as well as ourselves and other customers visiting our facility. We want you to feel assured that when you send your recyclable materials to us they will be handled in a safe, environmentally responsible manner.

The materials that we will NOT ACCEPT are:
  • Materials containing asbestos
  • PCB containing or PCB contaminated transformers, capacitors, light ballasts, or other equipment or containers
  • Sealed containers (Freon cans, airbag canisters, etc. unless they have been cut in half)
  • Acetylene or oxygen tanks.(unless cut in half)
  • Aerosol cans or cans containing paint
  • Flammable materials
  • Materials containing excess or free flowing oil, gasoline, diesel fuel or other hydrocarbons
  • Radioactive materials
  • Garbage, trash, or excessive quantities of dirt, concrete, or other non-metallic materials, .drums, tanks, or other containers that may have residues in them. These items must be “clean & dry”. (They must be completely cleaned in accordance with applicable laws and with our prior approval)
  • Burned Copper Wire
  • Fuel tanks of any type without a Decontamination Certificate and 36” holes cut in both ends of the tank. Tanks must be clean & dry
  • Drums must be triple rinsed. Top must be open. (A decontamination certificate must be provided.)
  • Transformers unless the proper paperwork is provided in accordance with our corporate policies. Prior approval is required
  • Safes
We will ACCEPT the following items:
  • White goods. (Stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, etc.)
  • Air conditioning units. (Freon and capacitors must be removed).
  • Freon Cans with removed nozzles
    • **Sellers certify that all refrigerant including, but not limited to chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs), as defined in Section 608 of the Clean Air Act and 40 CFR 82 that has not leaked previously will be recovered from all appliances to be delivered for sale prior to delivery.
    • Seller also agrees to indemnify and hold Southern Metals recycling harmless from any claim, penalty, fine, fee, cost, attorneys’ fees, or other liability resulting whole or in part from the seller’s breach of these guidelines.
  • Automobile shocks and struts.
  • Automobile motors with the fluids removed.
  • Transmissions with the fluids removed.
  • Torque converters
  • Hydraulic cylinders
  • Automobiles (gas tanks must have large visible holes, no Freon). You must have the title or a Certificate of Ownership from the DMV for all cars, trailers, motorcycles, trucks, or any other items that have been licensed to be on the highway
  • Lead acid batteries (if in quantity, they should be prepared per DOT standards.)
  • Vehicle rims
  • Tin food cans
  • Propane tanks must be cut in half from top to bottom. No exceptions.
  • Fence wire, Steel Cable and other types of loose steel wire at a REDUCED VALUE.
  • Microwave Ovens (capacitors must be removed).
  • Cast iron pipe with leaded joints.
  • Counter weights.
  • Air cylinders must have a hole in them or are disassembled. Hydraulic tanks must have large holes cut in them and be “clean & dry”.
  • Any items containing Lithium-Ion batteries are to be segregated from the general waste stream prior to pick-up.

This list is not intended to be all-inclusive. Suppliers as well as members of our industry must use common sense and best judgment to determine which materials cannot be safely and efficiently recycled and to manage the associated risks appropriately.

If these or other materials that we determine to be unacceptable are included in any shipment of materials delivered to or picked up by us, we will contact you in order to make the appropriate arrangements for handling of the rejected materials. We reserve the rights to refuse any items we feel are dangerous, hazardous, hard to process or unacceptable.

Due to the excessive delivery of unacceptable items, effective January 1, 2015, we have implemented a fine system to eliminate our need to process hazardous and non-accepted materials. All loads containing any hazardous or non-accepted material will be assessed a $100.00 deduction per unit found in the load.

Also, SMR has also experienced a higher than normal volume of waste and non-metallic materials that require sorting and disposal in a sanitary landfill. Please be advised that the cost of handling, processing and disposal of such material will be deducted from the total value of the load. Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated.

Madison Elliott,

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