About Us

Ferrous & Non Ferrous, Resale, Recycling & Bin Services

INDUSTRIAL SCRAP METALS

We are an owner managed company and our main aim is to provide safe and friendly working environment for our staff and customers. We are fully computerised, and place a strong emphasis on health & safety.

We aim to make the process as easy as possible promising easy off loading in our yard that is fully concreted. Do you require scrap metal bins or a collection service? we offer this to our business partners. ISM has a variety of storage bin sizes also bulk storage bags (1 ton bags), and our own fleet of trucks to ensure timeous delivery and collection.

We operate in the Durban / Pinetown area’s to reduce traveling time for trucks ensuring quick and reliable service. There are calibrated scales onsite and we ensure you get the best possible deal with competitive prices. We support local Durban foundries and have built up a close working relationship with them.

Health & safety is a priority for us. Our yards are always kept clean, staff are given appropriate training. We partner with XXXXXX to ensure this is achieved.

We recognize scrap metal theft not only a local but a global problem. We try to do our best to put a stop to this. Where there is theft in our local community please inform us so we know what to look out for and work with you to catch those responsible. 

We belong to an association called RASA who help us identify illegal scrap by training our staff and are on call to provide us with advice. We are also in contact with the local policing forum to provide additional help.

Safety Compliance

Our main objective is to create a safe and friendly working environment for our staff and customers.

ISM employees are fitted with the necessary protective clothing and equipment. We have trained staff members in fire – fighting and first aid and all are equipped to carry out the relevant task when the need arises.

We actively engage in formal and on-site training as well as making sure we are compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

All metals that are purchased are sorted and processed. During this phase we try to salvage any materials for re-sale. Al re-sale items are priced per kilogram on a market related basis. The times include:

Pipes
Round bar
Plate
Channel / angle iron etc.

Various heavy duty machines, vehicles and equipment are utilized in the moving and processing of our scrap metal. These machines consist of shears, balers, croppers, shredder / grinder and electronic magnets. We have two excavators that have grab attachments for bulkier materials.

For the collection and delivery of our goods we have comprehensive fleet of vehicles which include skip loaders for 4, 6 and 8 cubic meter bins. In addition to the bin trucks, we also have two flat trucks which are equipped with hydraulic cranes for heavier objects i.e old lathes etc.

We are legally bound by the Second Hand Goods Act of 2009. This Act gives strict rules and guidelines with regards to the purchasing and selling of all ferrous and non-ferrous goods.

Posters from the Department of Trade and Industry, Eskom and Telkom are displayed detailing which products are illegal to purchase. These are displayed for both our staff members and the public’s benefit.

Community

ISM support charities in our local community such as Highway Hospice, St Martin’s children’s home and Alzheimer’s organizations.

Cerebral Palsy Association

Highway Hospice

Highway Aged

Alzheimer’s South Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW MUCH IS MY SCRAP WORTH?

= Depends on market price, location, time of year and demand. We can give an estimate over the phone but please remember this is an estimate please come in with a sample/scrap so we can see it and give you a more accurate assessment. When you come into the yard we weight the scrap in front of you and explain the different grades.

WILL I GET A FAIR PRICE FOR MY SCRAP?

=Integrity is top priority for us. All scales are computerised and fully calibrated.

WHY DO SCRAP METAL PRICES VARY?

As with all commodity prices change with supply and demand and with the cost of production.

WHY RECYCLE SCRAP METAL?

Because it takes less energy to recycle scrap than mine, purify and shape it.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE SCRAP YARD?

You will need your I.D. card and we need to record your physical address and telephone number. If you are a company please bring a letterheaded letter stating the following person is allowed to dispose of the scrap on your behalf. Helping to ensure a better quality service.

DO YOU BUY GAS BOTTLES?

No. Where gas bottles are marked with supplier identification please return them to the supplier. If there are no markings the brass nozzle will have to be removed.

DO YOU BUY CARS?

No. If we do take a car it will have to have scrapping papers from the local authority. Cars have lots of general waste inside not to mention hazardous substances like petrol. Do not forget the extra costs incurred in stripping out the ‘scrap/general waste’ and transporting it to the land fill site. For these reasons fill cars are bought at prices less than the scrap value.

WHY DO THE PRICES OF BRASS/STAINLESS/ALUMINIUM SHAVINGS VARY?

Often these shavings are contaminated with steel shavings and waste (Rags, cigarette butts, coolant etc). The price of this unclean shavings is subjective to the buyer. To ensure top price for your shavings please check the material before it is brought to the scrap yard. Run a magnet through it to check for steel shavings…

WHY IS IT DIFFICULT TO GIVE A SPECIFIC TIME FOR BIN COLLECTIONS?

Our truck drivers are given a list of customers to collect from for each day. They can get delayed in traffic, and at premises waiting for their turn to collect the scrap. Some days do not work out as planned. Please phone us if you have any questions to the time of the pick-up. We follow all our trucks on tracker, and are in communication with the drivers, so any questions can be answered quickly. Remember we are a owner managed company so we will make a plan.

WHAT CAN NOT GO INTO A BIN/SKIP?

Food waste, televisions, computer monitors, fridges/freezers, full paint cans, gas canisters, aerosols, tyres, plasterboard. Etc

DO WE SELL MOTOR CAR PARTS?

No.

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