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Scrap Loading Instructions
Scrap Loading Instructions

Matalco Inc. operates a fleet of over 200 specialized modern light-weight trailers to deliver billet and handle and remove our customers’ scrap. All Matalco’s trailers are tarped, open-top units which are dumped when being offloaded. Scrap delivered in van trailers is forklift offloaded. Please ensure you keep this in mind during the loading process. Accepted scrap materials include bare extrusion, painted, anodized and long scrap, butts, as well as saw chips/fines. A properly loaded trailer can help to maximize the load weight, minimize the number of trailers required to handle and remove the scrap, reduce CO2 emissions, and most importantly, keep our employees safe!

Scrap must be loaded to within a maximum of 8” (inches) from the trailers’ top rail to ensure the tarp systems can clear the scrap while being closed.

Scrap Loading Instructions:

  • The scrap is to be segregated by alloy type and length. In the event that different alloys are mixed in the trailer, all non 6063 scrap must be clearly identified and indicated on the bill of lading.
  • Scrap must be maximum 8 feet long, bundled, and loaded horizontally and widthwise in a trailer front to back.
  • Scrap longer than 8 feet in length must be segregated and loaded in a trailer by itself. In the case of a mixed load, any short scrap mixed with the long scrap will be classified as ‘long scrap’ and received as such.   
  • Scrap longer than 12 feet MUST be bundled using a minimum of three (3) straps, with a maximum bundle width and height of 2 feet x 2 feet. Scrap longer than 20 feet in length requires a minimum of four (4) straps.
  • Ideally, all painted material should be loaded on a separate trailer. In the case of a few bundles, they can be included with the load but must be bundled and strapped and placed at the back of the trailer as this material will be separated and offloaded before the trailer is dumped.
  • Saw chips must be containerized in Gaylord boxes or metal totes, and covered. Loose saw fines in the trailer are valued at zero pounds and their estimated weight deducted from the load.
  • If butt ends are loaded loosely into the trailer, the preference is to load them close to the back of the trailer for ease of off-loading. Boxed fines or butts are to be loaded at the rear of the trailer, and be forklift accessible. Do not place any material on top of the boxed materials.
  • Non-Conforming Materials: Absolutely no compressed gas cylinders, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, aerosol cans, aluminum beverage cans, liquids, explosive materials, designated substances, ferrous materials, dirt, mud, sand, plastic, thermal material, garbage, etc. is to be included with the aluminum scrap load.
  • No excessive oil or grease contamination on the scrap. Cross contamination of materials may result in the load being received at the lowest valued material.
  • Bill of Ladings must clearly identify the full contents of trailer, including alloy types, boxes/totes, long and painted materials, loose butt ends, etc.
NOTE: Trailer loading weight should not exceed 1,000 lbs (454 kg) per linear foot on tandem axle trailers. Multi-axle trailers may be loaded up to 1,500 lbs per linear foot. 

Quality remelt smelter and manufacturer of billets and logs for the aluminum extrusion manufacturing industry Quality remelt smelter and manufacturer of billets and logs for the aluminum extrusion manufacturing industry