LIVE Grenade Recycled in Sweden

An elderly woman freaked out everyone at a Swedish recycling center when she dropped off a live grenade. At the beginning of March, Sweden enacted a new law that allows citizens to turn in weapons to police without fear of prosecution. How the woman got the grenade, which was later determined to be the kind used in grenade-launchers, wasn’t clear. But authorities said they’ve gotten a few grenades through this program, including one from World War I, leading us to believe that this woman was possibly some kind of resistance fighter who finally dropped off her last keepsake before retiring to …  let’s see …  play jazz clarinet. That must be it.

***FYI…We do no accept “live” grenades at Southern Metals Recycling***

Contact us about what we DO accept…

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Stolen…a Whole Bridge???

Wow…I am shocked whenever I hear about copper being stolen from houses, but seriously…a bridge???

Check out this news video posted on YouTube: Bridge Stolen and Sold as Scrap Metal

Southern Metals Recycling has teamed up with the local authorities to stop theft in Wilmington, NC. The new process of documenting and photographing every customer along with their scrap has been very helpful in cases of theft.

If you have any questions about scrap metal pricing, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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Electronics Not Working??? Recycle Them!

Here is a great article I wanted to share from:

For many Americans it’s often out with the old and in with the new, but tossing out old electronics in the trash is creating a problem.

“People don’t know,” said Horry County Solid Waste Authority spokesperson Kendra Hooks. “That’s why we’re here today promoting, letting people know that electronic waste along with other things are recyclable.”

According to a Clean Air Council study, the average American generates 4.5 pounds of waste per day and less than a quarter of that is recycled.

The Solid Waste Authority teamed up with Best Buy to push an initiative to recycle e-waste in honor of America Recycles Day which was November 15.

To throw away electronics is against the law in South Carolina. Last July, lawmakers banned the practice after learning about the harmful impacts e-waste poses on the environment.

“All of electronic waste cannot be disposed of into your garbage,” said Hooks. “It has to be recycled.”

Electronic waste could contain harmful chemicals like mercury, and some television monitors operate with plasma gas which is harmful. Also, the electronic could contain rare metals like copper inside.

“There’s a finite amount of material that we have and that can only go around for so long,” said Best Buy Geek Squad Agent Matthew Jenness. “As long as we consume these devices we may not be able to have that particular item in the future if we don’t recycle them, if we just throw them away improperly.”

You can recycle unwanted electronics at your nearest scrap metal recycling facility, and if it plugs in, it’s recyclable.

“TV’s, computers, iPod, iPad, pretty much anything like that,” said Jessen. “You bring it down if it’s not working we can go ahead and recycle it for you.”

“With the amount of new items that come out every single year, everybody wants to upgrade to the latest and greatest technology,” said Jessen. “When they do that, it just creates a lot of technological waste, and if we don’t recycle these responsibly, then our land fills are just going to grow and grow and grow. We’re going to have a lot of issues due to our consumer culture.”

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Crane Fail

At Southern Metals Recycling, it the role of the Safety Officer to conduct training on a monthly basis and to make sure that our employees are competent to use the forklifts, cranes and other heavy machinery around the scrap yard. The purpose of this is to make sure there are no accidents causing injury or death to employees or customers on the job site.

More times than others, accidents happen that could have been prevented and hundreds of thousands of dollars could have been saved in the process. Yesterday, an unfortunate accident happened in Russia and there is one very lucky crane operator who luckily made it out alive.

As I watched this video, I thought of how lucky this fella was to get out of the crane as quickly as possible. Ironically…thank goodness he wasn’t wearing his seat belt.



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Southern Metals Recycling – The Shear At Work!

One major step in recycling is the process of breaking down larger pieces of steel in to smaller pieces to be shipped off to the mills.  Our shear at Southern Metals Recycling plays a huge role in making this happen. Here is a step by step process of how our shear works. It is really fun to watch…but since many can’t actually step foot near this powerful machine, I have brought the excitement to you.

After the customers drop off their load of scrap metal, our grapple cranes will sort the metals in to certain piles. Here you see Unprepared #2 Steel is sent to the shear to be crushed and cut up just as you see in these photos.

As the material is dropped in, the shear will then crush the material by the side walls of the shear.

A third crushing wall will then pack all the material in tight to be cut up by the blades.

After the material has been cut up, the shaker table will shake out all trash and dirt as it leads down the conveyor. Here you see a Southern Metals Recycling employee pulling out the excess trash.


After the shaker table separates the metal, trash and dirt, the now Prepared #2 Steel heads up the conveyor belt and in to a new pile ready to be loaded in to trucks or rail cars.

And that’s our shear at work.


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Stainless steel and benefits of recycling

Here is a great article about Stainless Steel and the benefits of recycling from: 

Stainless steel is an iron alloy that contains nickel and chromium to protect it against corrosion and rust. Also known as inox steel, this material is remarkably strong and resistant to high temperatures providing optimum performance under severe environmental and chemical conditions.

Stainless steel’s inherent physical properties make it ideal for use in the construction, automotive and transportation sectors. Its versatility also makes it a popular material in household items such as kitchen appliances and cutlery.

The demand for stainless steel has doubled in the last ten years, with production increasing to more than 25 million tonnes a year. In this context, the recycling industry has become a vital player in providing a stable supply of quality secondary raw material.

Besides nickel and chromium, other major alloying elements used in combination with steel include; molybdenum, titanium, tungsten and vanadium. These metals are scarce and only available in very few parts of the word, which makes extraction costly and difficult. Recycling is therefore essential to avoid depleting the planet’s natural resources.

Recycling ProcessesMost of these special alloys are very similar in appearance. Sophisticated identification technology, including X-ray spectrometry, are used to separate and prepare each type. Recycling stainless steel is a similar process to the one used for other ferrous metals.


Sorting: Because many forms of stainless steel are non magnetic, this metal cannot be easily separated from other recyclables in a recycling facility with magnetic belts. Baling: Stainless steel products are compacted into large blocks to improve ease of handling and transport. Shearing: Hydraulic machinery capable of exerting enormous pressure is used to cut thick heavy stainless steel into smaller pieces. Media separation: Shredders incorporate rotating magnetic drums to separate ferrous metals from other materials. Further separation is achieved using electrical currents, high-pressure air flow and liquid floating systems. Melting: The recovered materials are melted together in a furnace. This process is determined by the level of purity necessary for the future applications of the secondary raw material. The melted stainless steel is then poured into casters and shaped into ingots or slabs. Later on, they can be rolled into flat sheets that are used to manufacture new products. Applications Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and loses none of its original physical properties in the process. The most common applications include:


-Construction: The excellent corrosion resistance, strength and malleability allow for the construction of attractive, low maintenance and durable curtain walls and roofs.

– Food storage and production: Stainless steel resists bacteria colonisation, does not alter the taste of foods, and is easily cleaned and sterilised.

– Transport: Passenger rail cars of today’s high-speed trains are often constructed of stainless steel which offers structural strength and improved crash protection.

– Healthcare: Most surgical instruments are made of stainless steel because of its strength and resistance to regular cleaning and sterilisation.

– Household: Stainless steel has been traditionally used in cutlery, cookware and appliances.

Recycling Facts: Recycling one tonne of steel saves 1,100 kilograms of iron ore, 630 kilograms of coal, and 55 kilograms of limestone.

– An average stainless steel object is composed of about 60% recycled material.

– Approximately 90% of end-of-life stainless steel is collected and recycled into new products.

(Courtesy: Bureau of International Recycling)


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Firefighters battle massive scrap metal fire at OneSteel Recycling plant in Tampa

We at Southern Metals Recycling are thinking and sending good thoughts out to our scrap metal recycling friends down in Tampa Florida today. They had a massive fire at their scrap yard on Monday and it continue to take tons of help from the fire department to put out the flames. Here is the news story and video below from WTSP-TV…


TAMPA – Crews are making progress in the hours-long fight against a massive fire at a recycling plant near Port Sutton Road at the Port of Tampa.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says a heap of scrap metal at OneSteel Recycling went up in flames just after 4 a.m. Monday.

The core of the fire is still burning and will be for hours, although firefighters say they do not think it will spread beyond the piles of metal that are burning right now.

Thick smoke billowed off toward the southwest all morning. People as far away as St. Petersburg could smell the smoke and see a haze in the air.

OneSteel Recycling collects scrap metal from a range of sources, then they gather the metal in a yard in the southeastern part of the Port of Tampa.

Firefighters say that metal is the only thing burning at the moment — no equipment or buildings are involved.

About a dozen fire units from Hillsborough County responded to the scene. Hazmat and air crews backed up the more traditional firefighters, clearing a safe space around the fire to keep it from spreading.

Obviously, there are many industrial products in use at the port, so controlling the fire was critical. That done, they focused on putting it out.

Crews from OneSteel are working side-by-side with firefighters right now.

Using pieces of heavy equipment with claws on the end, workers are picking apart the burning metal so water sprayed by firefighters can get in and really hit the pieces that are still burning.

There are a pair of giant cylindrical tanks here right next to where the fire is burning. Firefighters say they’re full of a fertilizer ingredient that does not burn.

On the backside of the facility, there’s a diesel fuel tank. Firefighters have stationed a truck right next to it to make sure it’s protected.

We just talked with the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County. They say there are no health concerns right now with the smoke from this fire.

The wind is moving the smoke right over Hillsborough Bay, so there’s a lot of open space for it to dissipate. We don’t have any word yet on what started this fire.

(WTSP-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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How Much is a Penny Worth???

Thought you’d like to hear these interesting facts about pennies.

  • Zinc pennies were produced after the year 1982 and weigh 2.5 grams each. Prior to 1983, pennies were made of copper.
  • If the pennies are from 1983 or after, a pound would equal about 181 pennies.
  • If they are from before 1983, then a pound would equal roughly 146 pennies.

At this time:

  • One pound of Zinc = $.75/lb
  • One pound of #2 Copper = #2.80/lb

I know what you are thinking…You could have a great return on your investment if you sold your old pennies to a scrap metal recycling business like us here at Southern Metals Recycling. BUT….Don’t get your hopes up because it is against the law to sell or recycle pennies!


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Read more – Star News – Where to drop off Aluminum Cans for Cash

If you check out on the Star News Website here in Wilmington, NC…you can see where to drop off aluminum cans to sell for cash. I guess it wasn’t too hard to guess that the hot-spot is Southern Metals Recycling.

As of today, we are paying $.45 per pound. So scrounge up your cans and bring them on in to either location noted below.


We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Come to either: 13 Wright Street Location or 2923 US Hwy 421 North Location

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How to Scrap a Junk Car

Here are instructions to scrapping a junk car

1) Before you jump in a actually get to work, it is important to consider whether it is worth it to junk the car. Any running and driving car is almost always going to be worth more as a car than it would be as scrap metal.

2) Next, give us a call up here at Southern Metals at (910) 762-2646 and see what our current price is on junk cars.

3) We ask that you drain the fluids from the vehicle, so make sure you take care of that before you bring the vehicle in.

4) Before doing anything, it is a good idea to pull the car into the open if it is in the woods and if at all possible, place it on a piece of concrete or asphalt while you work.

5) We also suggest you remove the tires from the vehicle. It will probably also be necessary to jack the car up and place it on jack stands. Remember to be very careful when working under the car, paying special attention to the tires, as dry rotted tires could pop.

6) While the car is jacked up, go ahead and remove the gas tank and other fluids, like oil and transmission fluid.

7) Next remove the starter, alternator, and any other electric motors. Set these to the side, because we will pay extra for electric motors.

8) Remove the battery and set it aside, as we pay extra for batteries.

9) Locate and remove the catalytic converter, which is attached to the exhaust pipe between the engine and the muffler. Usually the catalytic converter is located under the passenger seat, especially on older cars. Scrap yards usually pay between $10 and $50 for a catalytic converter, so it is definitely worth removing.

The easiest way to remove a catalytic converter is to use a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade. This will easily cut through most exhaust pipes. Make sure you cut at a point were there is just one layer of exhaust pipe and don’t worry about getting too close to the catalytic converter.

It may also be possible to pry the catalytic converter out with a large crow bar, breaking the welds, but this will not always work. Removing the bolts is also an option, but this can be very difficult, if not impossible, due to the high heats and age of most exhaust systems.

10) At this point, the car is basically ready to recycle. It is a good idea to see if there are any salvageable parts or expensive parts that you could sell separately. For example, auto glass can be very expensive, so if you see a curved window, it may be a good idea to remove it and try to sell it separately to another dealer who will purchase glass.

If you have the time and knowledge, you will also get more money by removing the engine and transmission. This is not necessary, but since most engines and transmissions are made out of cast aluminum, you will get a lot more if you take it apart and separate the aluminum.

11) When you are ready to load the car onto the tow dolly, attach the wench to the truck or tow dolly and make sure the car is in neutral and the parking brake is not set. Using the come along wench, pull the car up onto the tow dolly, making sure its wheels line up.

12) Make sure to bring your tire iron with you when you go to the scrap yard. While waiting in line to be weighed in, you can begin loosening the lug nuts on the scrap car and remove the wheels. When it is your time to get weighed in, ask where you need to take the car, catalytic converter, batteries, and electric motors.

The scale master will direct you to a crane, which will pick the car up off of the tow dolly. However, you will probably have to take the electric motors, batteries, and catalytic converter to a different part of the yard, so make sure to ask about them.

13) If you can remove the straps without the car rolling off of the tow dolly, do so. Otherwise, have the crane grab and hold the car while you remove the straps. Finally, once the car is in the air, remove all of the tires and place them in your truck.

14) Once you have dropped off the car, electric motors, and catalytic converter, you will need to get weighed out. They will give you a final receipt, which you will need to take to the cashiers office to redeem.

And that’s it!

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