Report Stolen Goods
Report Stolen Goods
The South African Metal Recyclers Associations works actively with the South African Police to fight the problem of metal theft. In South Africa, copper products such as spouting, hot water cylinders and cables are the most commonly reported stolen items. However, other items like batteries (for their lead), manhole covers and decorative garden items have also been targeted.
The Association and its members remain committed to reducing the problem of stolen metals. When a scrap metal operator buys stolen metal, lots of time is taken in filling out reports for the Police and most often the metals are confiscated which adds the operator to the list of victims.
Once you complete the form below, the information will be circulated to scrap metal operators in your region. When you report a theft to the SAP, they also use a report that is sent to our offices; this helps us match records and ensure consistent reporting.
Report thefts immediately to both us and the SAP – don’t delay. Thieves will often attempt to sell items the same day or within days.
Please understand that it is illegal for recyclers and scrap metal operators to knowingly purchase stolen metals. However, our members acknowledge that without doing so, it is difficult to obtain the information necessary to prosecute offenders. If you select one of the ‘buy’ options, you are authorising our members to do so on your behalf and will reimburse them for the purchase price.
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?