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Scrap Metal Prices

Updated 9/5/2020

Scrap Metal

Price per lb.

Aluminum Cans $0.37
Sheet Aluminum $0.42
Aluminum Rims $0.56
Brass Radiator $1.32
Brass Scrap (Dirty) $0.52
Brass Scrap (Clean) $0.88
Red Brass Scrap $1.55
Yellow Brass Scrap $1.46
#1 Copper Scrap $2.19
#1 Copper Wire (Bare) $1.82
Insulated #1 Copper Wire $1.05
#2 Copper Scrap $1.98
Insulated #2 Copper Wire $2.12
Stainless Steel Scrap $0.31
#1 Prepared Steel Scrap $0.08
Cast Iron Scrap $0.26

Looking for the best scrap metal prices? We have current prices from scrap yards across the United States with both ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals, to give you the most up-to-date information on what’s going on in the market.

The current scrap metal prices above may not reflect the actual rates in your local area but should be a pretty good guide as to what you should get or pay for scrap metals. The price of scrap metal is volatile and these scrap metal prices may not reflect current scrap prices.

Even without knowing the actual price, you can watch the trends of scrap metal prices by following the price trend from the London Metal Exchange (LME) for the main type of metal.

How to Get the Best Prices for Scrap Metal

Be sure to separate ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals. Ferrous metals contain iron and are priced lower than non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, copper, brass, and possibly other precious metals. Aluminum is the easiest to seek out of the non-ferrous metals and can be found in aluminum siding, wheels, and door frames.
If you bring a load of aluminum, copper, and cast iron, you will typically only receive cast iron prices.

How are Scrap Metal Prices Calculated?

Sometimes the price is negotiated between the seller and the scrap yard. To get the highest value,

It is important to note that different scrap dealers may classify the same piece of metal differently. For instance, one dealer may consider an item a category 1 copper (Copper #1), while another may consider it copper #2

This is one of the most exciting times in years as potential tariffs have highlighted the importance of recycling operations and everyone should see higher prices for their metals.

To get accurate local pricing, be sure to check out our directory of scrap metal dealers to find the best prices near you.

Where are the best places to find scrap metal?

Scrap metal can be found in many places from dumpsters, abandoned vehicles, broken household appliances, home renovations, and lots more.

See our tips on how to find scrap metal.

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