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Frequently Asked 


  • Are you open to the public?
    Yes, we are! Simply load up your materials, drive to Comal Iron & Metals, and we will take it from there! We are open Monday - Friday from 8am-12pm & 1pm-5pm. We are open Saturdays from 8am-12pm and we are closed Sundays.
  • Can you help me unload?
    We sure can! We have forklifts, a magnet, a grapple, as well as human hands to help any way we can.
  • What support do you provide for business owners?
    Businesses have special needs and at Comal Iron & Metals we are committed to helping you use metal recycling to support your bottom line. On site, we have heavy machinery to get you and your employees out quickly. Or maybe you need us to come to you with a metal container to keep your business running as usual. Please see Business Solutions or Contact Us to see how we can be of service to you!
  • How do I contact you?
    We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Call 830-625-4920, e-mail, or find us on Facebook and Instagram!
  • How much will I get paid?
    How much you will get paid depends on what materials you have and the quantity. Iron & tin tend to pay less than aluminum or stainless. The prices depend on the metal market. Call or email us a picture of what you have to better answer your question.
  • Do I need identification to sell my metal?
    Yes and No. Yes, we need identification IF you are selling the following items: Aluminum (except for aluminum cans), Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel, Lead. These are some of the most common metals sold. However, it is a very long list that is regulated by the Department of Public Safety and you may be asked to present an ID for other materials. State Law requires ALL recycling centers keep records of the specific materials purchased from customers. If you have a “Cash Transaction Card” you can get paid cash for your material. If not, you will get paid by check. Click here for more info. NO we do not need identification IF you are selling the following items: Aluminum cans, Iron, Appliances, Fencing, This list is also very long! Please contact us if you have any questions.
  • What is a cash transaction card?
    As of September of 2015, the Department of Public safety requires all recycling centers to report on the purchase of regulated materials such as stainless, aluminum, brass, copper, lead and many more nonferrous metals. If you have an unexpired Cash Transaction Card and a valid ID, you are able to get paid in cash for your materials. If you do not have one or yours is expired, you will get paid by check. To read more on the Cash Transaction Card or to apply for one online click here.
  • What don't you take?
    To maintain safety and to comply with federal and state regulations we cannot accept certain materials: Hazardous waste (including asbestos), Refrigerants, including CFSs and HCFCs, PCB containing materials such as capacitors or light ballasts, Liquids of any type, Radioactive materials, Flammable materials, Mercury / mercury switches from appliances, Tires, Paint Cans, Ni-Cad batteries, Street signs, Beer kegs, Cemetery vases. Anything that is NOT metal ie: garbage, glass, wood, concrete, dirt, plastic, fax machines, copiers, TV's. Sealed containers such as fire extinguishers, propane bottles, and oxygen bottles. This is not a complete list of materials we cannot accept. Contact us if you have any questions about the material you have.
  • What happens to all the metal once I drop it off?
    This is where the fun begins! Comal Iron & Metals will process your materials based on where it will continue to in the recycling process. Here are just a few examples. Most of the ferrous material is shipped to CMC Steel Mill and recycled into NEW round stock i.e. rebar, round bar. The aluminum cans are shipped and become another aluminum can on the store shelf within two months time.
  • How will my material be weighed?
    In most cases, your ferrous material (magnetic metal) will be weighed on the large scale and for nonferrous (non magnetic-cans, stainless, copper, ect) you will be weighed on the smaller scales inside the warehouse.
  • What is the difference between #1 and #2 Copper?
    Copper #1 has no oxidation (green stuff on the outside) or soldering (silver substance that binds copper pipes together). Copper #2 has oxidation and/or soldering. For them to be considered #1 or #2 they must not have insulation (rubber coating) on the outside of the copper. If it does, then it will be considered either insulated #1 or insulated #2. Insulated #1 has no oxidation or soldering and tends to be at least the thickness of a pencil led. #2 insulated copper has the same characteristics of #2 copper and it tends to be thinner almost hairlike in thickness.
  • Do you buy air conditioners, washers, fencing, dryers, BBQ pits, or lawnmowers?
    Yes, yes, yes, yes, and most definitely YES!
  • What is the difference between ferrous vs non-ferrous metal?
    Ferrous and non-ferrous simply are fancy words for materials that are either magnetic or not. Ferrous materials tend to contain more iron which contains particles that make it magnetic. Non-ferrous does not contain iron hence making it non magnetic.
  • How do you identify the difference in metals?
    After doing this for over 50 years, we can easily identify most metals by simply looking at them. In addition, we have a machine on site that analyzes metal for those rare occasions when we receive a metal we aren’t 100% sure how to classify.
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