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FRIDAY, August 18, 2011 12:00

Scrap Metal Recycling FAQs Page 3

What are your hours?
We are open Monday through Saturday each week. During the week, we are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. We do ask that our customers arrive at our location at least 15-minutes prior to closing in order to get onto the scales. On Saturdays, our Mt. Clemens yard is open from 9am to 1pm – however our New Haven facility is closed. It generally takes us anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to take care of a customer, and so we stop taking new customers onto the scales 15-minutes before closing.

Why do I have to give you my fingerprint?
With the increase of scrap metal thefts, the increased media coverage, and really major increase in scrutiny in our industry due to both of these factors – a fingerprint is required by law for every scrap metal sale. These fingerprints are digitally captured prior to any pay out at our stations, and is tied to your transaction and kept on file. Every customer is required to give a fingerprint scan for every transaction, regardless of how many times they’ve scrapped with us. In addition, we require a digital signature attached to a statement indicating that you are the rightful owner of the material you are scrapping, and also that you have never been convicted of scrap metal theft. This is also a state requirment under the same law.

Why am I signing this check?
Another aspect of our business that came along with the latest law regarding scrap metal companies, is the checks we issue. For every transaction involving non-ferrous metals over $50, we are required to issue payment through a traceable method of payment. The way we satisfy this need, is by issuing checks for ALL transactions over $50. As an extra service to our customers, we have also setup our company as a check-cashing operation, and if you sign over your check to us along with a driver’s license number, we will cash the check for you on the spot. However, if you are attempting to put your transaction in a business name, we are unable to cash the check for you. It can, however, be taken directly to a bank and cashed same-day.

What do I need to scrap this?
If you have never been to our yard before, we can quickly and easily get you setup in our computer system with a valid state ID. We will scan this and create a customer profile for you, which will store all of your information in our computer for future transactions. If you want to setup a profile for your company, we will require the typical contact information, as well as a Federal Tax ID#. You could then send in employees with materials to scrap metals in your company name, and return to your location with a check as payment.

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