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Scrap Metal Recycling

Frequently Asked Questions on Scrap Metals

D.C. Metals & Recycling accepts ferrous and non-ferrous materials from residential and commercial clients in North Highlands, CA. If you have scrap metals that you would like to recycle, please bring them to our location. Below is a list of frequently asked questions about scrap metals.

Question: What is the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous materials?

Answer: The difference is the composition of the metals. Generally, non-ferrous metals are non-magnetic, while ferrous metals are magnetic. Some examples of non-ferrous metals include copper, brass, aluminum, lead, and stainless steel.

Question: What are the requirements for recycling scrap metals in California?

Answer: Effective December 1, 2008, and adopted from AB 844 under California’s Business and Profession Code 21600-21610, customers (sellers) and scrap metal dealers and recyclers (buyers) will be required to provide the following for all ferrous and non-ferrous purchases:

  • Written record for each material purchase
  • Valid driver’s license number with state of issuance
  • Vehicle license number with state of issuance
  • Name of seller
  • Address of seller
  • Description of material, including type and quantity
  • A statement showing that the seller of the material is its owner, or a statement showing that the seller has obtained permission to sell the material from its owner

Additionally, for all non-ferrous material purchases, payment must be made as follows:

  • Check mailed to seller only at the address on the valid ID
  • Cash may be collected on the third business day after the sale
  • A photograph or video of the seller is required
  • A photograph or video of the material is required
  • A thumbprint of the seller is required
  • All records must be kept for 2 years
  • All information will be submitted to local law enforcement as requested
  • All copper and brass transactions are subject to the 3-business day hold


Payment rules are not applicable to transactions under $20 if the primary purpose of the transaction is the redemption of CRV containers.

Business transactions in which the recycler has the following information:

  • Name, physical address, and business telephone number of the seller
  • The business license of the seller’s business
  • A copy of the valid driver’s license of the person delivering the material for the seller

Visit our headquarters or call us at 916-344-0862
if you have other questions about our services.

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6849 28th St. North Highlands(1/2 block north of Elkhorn Boulevard) , CA 95660
North Highlands(1/2 block north of Elkhorn Boulevard)
Tel: 916-344-0862

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