Last updated on August 25th, 2022 at 02:42 pm

Light Gauge Purchasing & Receiving

Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc. is a joint owner of Logan Aluminum Inc. and purchases metal / scrap that is shipped to Logan for processing. These specifications apply to Logan shipments. If metal or scrap is shipped to another entity for processing, specific instructions will be provided.

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General Requirements


Purchasing Order Contingency

Each purchase order or contract is contingent upon the supplier’s acceptance of these terms. Supplier acknowledges that delivery of any material to TAA / Logan shall be deemed acceptance of these terms, and agrees that any terms and conditions contained in a proposal, quotation, acknowledgement, acceptance, invoice, or other document of supplier which are different from or in addition to these terms and conditions shall not constitute a part of the purchase order and are hereby expressly rejected, and that no employee of TAA nor Logan is authorized to or may, waive nor modify these rights.


Supporting Documentation

Shipping documentation must accompany each load. The documentation must be either provided by the driver or affixed to the shipping container. The documentation must be accurate and clearly state the following:

• Purchase order number
• Appointment Number
• Bill of Lading number
• Material Classification
• Material Source (yard)
• Items Shipped
• Piece Count of each material type
• Gross, tare weights of each material type

*All Inbound scrap deliveries MUST include the origin location on the provided Bill of Lading*

Incorrect/missing information on the shipment documentation may result in either a delay in unloading or in a rejection of the receipt of the material.

Split Loads

Documentation must support the material on the truck. The recommendation for loading split loads is to load the material type with the greatest quantity first. Then load the material type with the second greatest quantity next. Then the remainder of the material can be loaded. No more than 3 material types per load.



Each vendor selling scrap or metal to TAA / Logan shall have and maintain adequate minimum insurance coverage including but not limited to, general and product liability insurance coverage, protective of both TAA / Logan and supplier from any and all claims and liabilities for property damage, personal injury, death, and economic damage, that arise from the material and associated activities, hereunder, endorsed as required, at all times while conducting business with TAA / Logan.

Material Safety Data Sheet

Per the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1200, the supplier, vendor, or importer must provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the metal or scrap sold to TAA.

Delivery Guidelines

Load Receiving


Logan Aluminum does not accept scrap shipments via Railcar


Receiving Hours

Receiving hours will be designated by Logan personnel. Receiving hours will vary depending upon material type of the load. The number of split loads per day will be controlled by receiving appointments. Receiving hours are located on the Logan Inbound Appointment System. Prior approval must be granted to the supplier before access to the system is allowed.

Scheduling Delivery

All loads must be scheduled for delivery within the Logan Inbound Appointment System. Any material arriving without having scheduled an appointment may not be unloaded (at Logan’s sole determination) and Logan will not be responsible for any resulting charges. In the event an appointment is missed, the load must be rescheduled for a new appointment time or if time permits the material may be unloaded on a standby basis.

Any load arriving greater than 120 minutes late for the scheduled appointment time may be subject to not being unloaded at Logan discretion and the load having to be rescheduled for the next available time.

Shipments may be scheduled by accessing the Logan Inbound Appointment System by approved personnel. The shipment information including; purchase order numbers, material type shipped (NO MORE THAN THREE (3) MATERIAL TYPES PER LOAD), piece count and weights for each material type, material source (yard), package description, seal number, ship weights (gross, tare and net). Bill of lading number and carrier are optional when scheduling the appointment, but are required for delivery. It will be required to edit the initial appointment with updated more accurate information concerning the shipment before arrival at Logan Aluminum.

Split Loads

Documentation must support the material on the truck. The recommendation for loading split loads is to load the material type with the greatest quantity first. Then load the material type with the second greatest quantity next. Then the remainder of the material can be loaded.

Material Weights

All loads will be weighed on certified truck scales prior to and after unloading. If there is a deviation >1% between shipped gross weight to received gross weight, a tally weight may be performed by receiving personnel.  Tally weights shall govern in cases outside of 1%. The material for the load will be held electronically until the discrepancy of weights is settled. The vendor will be notified as soon as possible and will have options of how to settle the discrepancy.

  • Option 1 - The vendor can accept the weights provided by Logan receiving with verifying documentation
  • Option 2 - The vendor can request a tally weight. Once a tally weight is requested, the results then become the final received weight and the material is released for consumption.
  • Option 3 - The vendor can request the return of the material if not agreeing to the weight difference. The cost of extra handling will be back charged to the vendor.

The vendor has 24 hours, after the time of receipt, to respond. Lack of a response within this time-frame will result in the automatic acceptance of the Logan received weight.

If the received weight is greater than the reported ship weight, Logan Aluminum reserves the right to enter the load using Logan received weight without completing a tally of the load.

Scrap Types

The scrap types listed below are based on Logan's current policy. Accepted and/or Non-Accepted scrap types are subject to change at any time and must be pre-approved/contracted with the owners before delivery.

Material that is not packaged correctly may result in at risk safety conditions or handling issues. These issues may result in rejection of the load.

Accepted Scrap Types

Class 1

Class 1 Printable PDF

Class 1 - Consists of clean, undercoated cans or cups, skeleton, slitter or trim scrap that is compacted or briquetted. Only 3xxx alloys used in the production of can sheet.  Scrap containing excess of 1% residual lubricant is unacceptable.  Cannot be lacquered, painted, coated or contaminated with gaskets and or sealant. Head/Tail and coils are not considered Class 1. Body maker trim with residual lubes greater than 1% may not be accepted as class 1.

Class 1 Material must be kept dry: No Flatbeds will be accepted. Dry vans are preferred. Conestoga’s may be used on an exception basis, but only after approval by TAA/Logan.

Material Packaging Specifications

Class 1 is acceptable in Bale, HD Bale, and Biscuit form for all bulk density less than 55 lb./cubic ft

Examples of Proper Packaging


Examples of Improper Packaging



Body Maker Trim (BM-Trim)

Due to excessive lube, this material will not be accepted as Class-1 scrap. If any class material arrives with BM-Trim in it; the entire load is subject to receipt as BM-Trim.

Class 2

Class 2 Printable PDF

Class 2 - Clean painted or bare skeleton scrap of 5182 alloy used in the production of can tab stock. Must be pre-approved/contracted with the owners

Material Packaging Specifications

Class 2 is acceptable in Bale, HD Bale, and Biscuit form for all bulk density less than 55 lb./cubic ft

Examples of Proper Packaging


Examples of Improper Packaging


Class 3

Class 3 Printable PDF

Class 3 - New production deco only cans consisting of spoiled, clean, and decorated cans free of residual lubrication, free of plastic, and 5182 lids.  Must be 3004 or 3104 alloys only. This material can be baled or briquettes.

Material Packaging Specifications

Class 3 is acceptable in Bale, HD Bale, and Biscuit form for all bulk density less than 55 lb./cubic ft

Examples of Proper Packaging



Examples of Improper Packaging



Body Maker Trim (Bm-Trim)

Due to excessive lube, this material will not be accepted as class scrap. If any class material arrives with BM-Trim in it; the entire load is subject to receipt as BM-Trim.

Used Beverage Cans (UBC)

UBC Delivery Guidelines - Printable PDF

Used beverage cans (UBC) -  used aluminum cans free of other scrap metals, foil, tin cans, plastic bottles, paper, glass and other non-metallic items.

Types by Proccessing Origin

All UBC scrap must be designated by its Processing Origin. Failure to properly designate UBC
Processing Origin is grounds for rejection. The hierarchy for “processing origin” is as follows, in
order from 1 to 5.

  1. UBC-MRF:                 UBC Originated from Municipal Recycle Facilities (any location)
  2. UBC-Deposit:          UBC originating from deposit collection programs in USA/CAN
  3. UBC-D:                        All Other Domestic UBC originating inside USA or CANADA
  4. UBC-M:                       Imported UBC originating from Mexico
  5. UBC-I:                         Imported UBC originating from countries other than Mexico

        *All Inbound scrap deliveries MUST include the origin location on the BOL provided*

Material Packaging Specifications

Examples of Proper Packaging


Examples of Improper Packaging


Old Painted Siding (OPS)

Old Painted Siding (OPS) Printable

Old Painted Siding (OPS) - Shall consist of clean old alloy aluminum sheet of two or more alloys, free of foil, venetian blinds, castings, hair wire, screen wire, food or beverage containers, radiator shells, airplane sheet, bottle caps, plastic, dirt, and other non-metallic items. Poly-coat material is not accepted.

Maximum material thickness is 3/16” and must be shreddable.

Material Packaging Specifications

OPS is acceptable in Bale form for all bulk density less than 25 lb./cubic ft

Examples of Proper Packaging


Examples of Improper Packaging


Non-accepted Scrap types

Coils - Not accepted without TAA agreement

If approved by TAA, the parameters below should be met:

  • Maximum Gauge: 0.032 in
  • Maximum Size: 84 in wide and 80 in outside diameter
  • No Fiber Cores
  • Coils weighing 4,800 pounds or less can be delivered via van trailer
  • No coil exceeding 4,800 pounds will be accepted.
  • Flatbeds that require rear unloading will be rejected.
  • Coils must be runnable with no damage.
  • Coils must be approved by owners before delivery.

Coils are not accepted without a prior agreement with Tri-Arrows Aluminum (TAA)

For inquiries regarding new forms of scrap not listed above, please contact Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc.

Additional Packaging Specifications


Briquette material must be bundled together with enough banding to minimize material loss while being handled, and be stacked on a pallet without affecting the stability of the bundle.

Baled material must be compacted and banded or wire together to minimize material loss while being handled. It must also be stable enough for stacking purposes.

Bundles must be strapped to the pallet. Pallets and boxes must be of sturdy construction and maintain their integrity while handling.

Proper Banding

Bales (TALDON) and High Density Bales

  • Banding – min 6, max 10
  • 10-gauge aluminum
  • 5/8”x.020” steel
  • 5/8”x.036” plastic
  • 13 gauge steel
  • Bales should separate into sections when banding/wire is cut
  • Bales of uniform size are preferred.
  • Use of support sheets (cardboard, plastic, etc) is not acceptable.

Biscuits (TALDACK)

  • Banding – banding slots in both directions (two vertical, min 4 horizontal)
  • 5/8”x.020” steel
  • 5/8”x.036” plastic


Gaylord Boxes

  • Maximum Size - 50 in x 50 in x 48 in tall
  • Minimum Size - 24 in x 24 in x 24 in tall
  • Box must be on a pallet
  • No cover on box preferred
  • Steel band around center of box preferred


Pallet Specifications


For more information on ISRI scrap types please see: ISRI Scrap Specification Circular.

Inspections & Sampling

Material Downgrade/Rejection


Material Downgrades

Material that does not meet the requirements of the specification of the purchase order may be subject to rejection. If the material can be deemed acceptable by a downgrade of the material, the vendor has options available.

  • Option 1 - The vendor can accept a downgrade of the material accompanied by an adjustment to the terms of the purchase of the material.
  • Option 2 - The vendor can arrange to have the material picked up and removed from the Logan property

Vendor has 48 hours after receipt to dispute, after which, the load will be automatically accepted.

Rejected Loads

Due to space limitations, all rejected material must be removed as soon as possible. Material rejected at the time of delivery will automatically be reloaded on the truck it was delivered on. Material rejected and off loaded will have three (2) working days to be removed from Logan Aluminum. If the rejected material has not been removed in the allotted time, a truck will be scheduled for pickup and the material sent collect to the vender or location of the vendor’s choice. The vendor is responsible for all costs of shipping and return for the rejected material.

Rejectionable Items

These items include, but are not limited to:

Butane Lighters - Butane lighters can have the strength of three sticks of dynamite when
submerged into molten metal. More commonly found in UBC loads, and sometimes seen on the
floor of the truck when unloading.

Explosives Ammunition/Rocket Tubes/Detonators – Explosion potential for both shredding
and melting operations. The assumption is, if there is one in the load there may be additional
ones that are not visible and there is no guarantee that there are no live rounds ( Does not include
air bag inflators – see note Air Bag Inflators later in this section)

Medical Waste – Needles, surgical gloves, medical waste, etc will not be accepted. Logan Aluminum is not
set up to process/deal with this type of material.

Radioactive Materials or Materials displaying Radioactive Warning Labels – Materials that
fail to pass the gate radiation detector inspection process and any materials with a radioactive
warning label will be rejected and returned following regulatory guidelines.

Closed Containers – Closed containers can include but are not limited to oxygen tanks, fire
extinguishers, crimped closed tubing, Freon tanks, aerosol cans, beer kegs, and baseball bats.
Closed containers can develop extreme pressure when submerged in molten metal. Once the
pressure reaches the burst limit of the vessel it can spray molten metal or present additional
explosion potentials.

Liquid storage and transfer vessels that can contain residual liquids (fuel/oil/antifreeze) –.
These tanks have both a potential closed container risk as well as the risk associated with
flammable liquid/fumes. Material should be shredded and allow to be dried or verified that no
fuel is present prior to melting, or rejected.

Fertilizer/Oxidizers – Fertilizer is an oxidizer. When an oxidizer (Nitrates/Sulfates etc.) are
mixed with molten metal a violent reaction will occur. It takes very little material to create an

Hazardous Chemicals – Hazardous chemicals such as PCB’s, pesticides, asbestos, etc. or loads
that are labeled to include these materials will not be accepted

Material Downgrade/Rejection Examples

Examples of Used Beverage Can Downgrades

Examples of Old Painted Siding Downgrades

Examples of Used Beverage Can Rejections


Examples of Old Painted Siding Rejections

Material Subject to Permanent Disqualification

General Inspection

Inspection Report Documentation

Documentation of the inspection reports will be supplied in order to expedite settlement of issues such as weight discrepancies, downgrades and rejected loads.

Quality Verification

Each load will be inspected upon delivery. The material will be verified that it meets the criteria established within the purchase specification agreement. The material will be inspected for items such as excessive moisture, oil, dirt, garbage, plastic, glass, non-aluminum contaminants, aluminum fines, nitrates, sulfates, safety hazards, packaging issues, contamination of any kind. The results of the material inspection may be subject to a load rejection or if agreed upon, the material may be downgraded. Issues noted during inspection will be photographed and documented to the shipper.

During inspection, a determination will be made as to whether the material meets the purchase specification. If the load is determined to meet expectations, no deduction will be made regarding contamination.

Items that will be subject to immediate rejection of the entire load if found during the inspection are butane lighters, aerosol cans, hypodermic needles, live ammunition, explosives, gasoline, propane bottles or other gas cylinders or bottles, medical waste / infectious materials, radioactive material, PCB’s, mercury, asbestos, Freon, poisons, acids, fertilizer, rodents, excessive corrosion, oxidizers, flammable liquids, closed containers, crimped tubing, lead paint and other questionable items. The presence of these items poses a safety hazard to personnel and is not debatable.

Material Sampling


Moisture Sampling

UBC should be dry; therefore, it is suggested that material not be stored or processed outside.
A random sample will be pulled from each load to calculate a moisture percentage. Shipmentswith moisture in excess of 4% will be subject to a weight deduction or rejection. The deduction
will equal the tested moisture percent minus 2%. See example below.


Radioactive or Hazardous Material

Material delivered to Logan Aluminum and found to be contaminated by radiation will be handled according to Logan policy. Any material triggering either of the two Logan radiation detectors will be rejected. Scrap, raw materials or packaging must not contain or be contaminated with hazardous material. TAA/Logan will have the right to revoke the acceptance of the material at any time. All costs and liability associated with radioactive material will be the responsibility of the supplier.


Shipment Requirements



Drivers must exit the cab, give their keys to Logan personnel, and chock the wheels of their trailer.


Driver must stay in an area designated by Logan personnel while wearing hardhat, safety glasses & high visibility clothing.
Clothing must consist of pants, long-sleeves, and closed-toe shoes.

Examples of Proper Truck Delivery
Examples of Improper Truck Delivery


Flat Bed Trailer

Expectations for Truck Delivery

PPE Requirements: Safety Glasses, Hard Hat, Pants, Long Sleeve Shirt, Closed Toed Shoes, and High Visibility Clothing. If any of this is not worn when arriving at any dock, it will result in automatic rejection.

  • Drivers must check in at Truck Processing with correct unload number and paperwork upon arrival.
  • Drivers for all Inbound Deliveries to Logan Aluminum will leave their Driver’s License at the Gatehouse upon check in.The Driver’s License will be returned once the trucks have been correctly out-processed.
  • Truck drivers will be instructed by Truck Processing Attendants of plant rules and required PPE. After being checked-in drivers will be sent to the truck staging area to wait for unloading.
  • Truck drivers will wait at staging area with load secured. Operators will direct drivers to the designated area for unloading.
  • Drivers are required to wear proper PPE when out of truck unstrapping load.
  • If driver must get on trailer to unstrap load, safety rails must be attached to trailer. Safety rails are located at Metal Control, Hotmill unloading area, and Tarping areas.
  • All drivers must chock the wheels of their trailer, before the unloading operator will start unloading/loading process.
  • All drivers must give ignition key(s) to the unloading operator who will maintain possession of the key(s) until the unloading/loading process has been completed.
  • Forklift operator will not start unloading trailer until all straps and/or chains are rolled up and/or put away.
  • All drivers and passengers must remain OUT OF THEIR TRUCK and stay in the designated waiting areas provided by Logan Aluminum until the unloading/loading process has been completed.
  • Absolutely NO cans, bottles, or butane lighters allowed onsite.
  • All drivers are responsible for cleaning/sweeping out their own trailers into designated area provided by Logan Aluminum.
  • No one other than Logan Aluminum personnel allowed on the dock areas at anytime.
  • When unloading is complete driver will be instructed how to exit to the outbound scales.

Van Trailer

Expectations for Van Delivery

  1. The minimum height requirement is 105 inches.
  2. All vans must have floors in good condition. Any vans found to have unsafe floor conditions will not be unloaded.
  3. Material must be braced or loaded in a manner to prevent material shifting. If the material has shifted it will not be unloaded if determined to be unsafe to the operator or damage to the trailer may occur.
  4. Sufficient spacing must be maintained between the material and the roof/sides of the trailer. Material packed or wedged into the trailer will not be unloaded unless the trucking company or driver signs a waiver releasing Logan and Logan personnel of all liability.
  5. Trucks must remain in line near the truck scale until called for unloading. Trucks must not proceed to the unloading area without permission of the Logan unloading personnel.
  6. Drivers must follow all safety rules communicated to them when at the gatehouse. Drivers must stay with their truck. Drivers may enter the Recycle Receiving office but must not enter any production areas.
  7. Dunnage must not be left at Logan and must leave with the truck.
  8. Logan personnel will not be responsible for sweeping out trailers.

Dump Trailer

Expectations for Dump Delivery

  1. Dump Trailers will not be received without contacting Logan personnel to schedule a delivery. The contact number is 270.755.6597.
  2. Trucks must remain in line near the truck scale until called for unloading. Trucks must not proceed to the unloading area without permission from the Logan unloading personnel.
  3. Drivers must follow all safety rules communicated to them when at the gatehouse. Drivers must stay with their truck. Drivers may enter the Recycle Receiving office but must not enter any production areas.

Scrap Supplier Suspension & Disqualification Guidelines

Permanent disqualification

Any supplier that has sent Logan Aluminum any of the following will be permanently disqualified as a supplier.


Any load found with deliberate placement of non-aluminum and non-shreddable solids inside bales/cubes of material tat could cause damage to Logan Aluminum equipment or expose employees to a safety risk.

Any load found with deliberate introduction of air bag canisters, live ammunition or other items/materials with a severe safety effect.

Any loads with radiation detected (at or above 2 times background levels) or with deliberate unsafe acts. All costs and liability associated with such acts shall be the responsibility of the scrap supplier.

Potential Disqualification

Any supplier that has sent Logan Aluminum any of the following may face disqualification.

  1. Loads rejected for butane lighters, aerosol cans, air bag canisters, live ammunition, hypodermic needles, flammable liquids or other safety related items found during inspection.
  2. Any load rejected for unsafe trailer floors.
  3. Loads with contaminants found inside material before or during the shredding process that interrupts production rates.
  4. Multiple loads with moisture above 6%.
  5. Multiple loads rejected for packaging issues.
  6. Multiple downgraded loads.
  7. Multiple loads rejected for contamination or moisture.
  8. Excessive loads requiring a weight tally.
  9. Multiple loads with incomplete bill of lading information.
Examples of Contaminants Subject to Disqualification

Disqualification - Supplier Action

When the supplier is notified of disqualification:

  1. Supplier should immediately verify source and have any un-delivered or on-site material quarantined. This containment information should be supplied to the Logan Raw Materials group and TAA.
  2. The source of the disqualified load will be earmarked in the Logan Receiving System to prevent future scheduling.
  3. Supplier will be subject to a fee for any equipment damages and/or downtime experienced due to the contaminants in the load.
  4. Supplier should provide a root cause and effective corrective action to Logan Raw Materials and TAA. The attached CAR form is available for use, but supplier-specific CAR forms will be accepted.
  5. To reinstate a source, a requalification proposal should be submitted to TAA for review. Only after TAA approval of the corrective action and requalification proposal can a source be reinstated for delivery.
  6. Requalified sources will continue to be monitored and are subject to all standard quality requirements.