Scrap metal prices can fluctuate due to various market factors such as supply and demand, the cost of production, and international trade policies. The type and quality of the metal determines prices. Common metals like copper, aluminum, and steel often fetch different prices based on their purity and condition. For instance, #1 Bare Bright Wire, a type of copper, can be valued higher than other forms due to its high purity.

Those in the recycling and scrap metal industry must stay updated on these prices, as they can significantly impact revenue from selling scrap metal. With the growing focus on recycling and sustainability, the scrap metal market plays a crucial role in resource management and environmental conservation.

We collect Scrap Metal Prices across Scrap Yards in the country and we shall be updating them daily below. Below are the scrap metal prices across the country as of today.

Copper and Brass

ScrapCurrent Price
#1 Bare Bright Wire$3.30/lb
#1 Copper Tubing / Flashing$3.10/lb
#2 Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$2.95/lb
#3 Roofing Copper$2.80/lb
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$2.00/lb
Bronze$2.40/lb
Brass Shells$1.95/lb
Brass Water Meter$1.30-$2.10/lb
Clean Brass Radiators$1.95/lb
Dirty Brass Faucets$0.65/lb
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Clean ACR Fin)$1.52/lb
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty ACR Fin)$1.15/lb
Copper Yokes$0.45/lb
Copper Transformers$0.20-$0.30/lb
Small Electric Motors$0.20-$0.28/lb
Alternators/Starters$0.35/lb
Sealed Units$0.20/lb

Insulated Copper Wire

ScrapCurrent Price
Insulated Copper Wire (45-50% ICW)$1.00/lb
Romex® Wire (64-68% ICW)$1.75/lb
Open Eye Hollow Heliax (50-52% ICW)$1.50/lb
THHN Cable (74-78% ICW)$2.20/lb
Thin/Thick Cable (79-83% ICW)$2.20/lb
Insulated Cable (84-88% ICW)$2.35/lb
500-750 MCM (Bare Bright Inside) – 88-93% ICW$2.50/lb
Insulated Steel BX$0.40/lb
Fire Wire (58-62% ICW)$1.10/lb
Aluminum BX$1.20/lb
Car Harness Wires (48-52% ICW)$1.10/lb
Christmas Lights (10-15% ICW)$0.25/lb
Computer Wire (27-35% ICW)$0.40/lb
Cat 5/6 Cross (40-45% ICW)$0.77/lb

Aluminum

ScrapCurrent Price
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.57/lb
Sheet Aluminum$0.47/lb
All Aluminum Rims$0.55-$0.70/lb
Cast Aluminum$0.45/lb
Clean Aluminum Wire$0.65/lb
AL Thermo-pane/break (Not Glass)$0.32/lb
AL Litho Plates$0.68/lb
AL Machine Cuts$0.52-$0.60/lb
Aluminum Grills$0.47/lb
6063 Bare Aluminum$0.65/lb
AL Turnings$0.15-$0.30/lb
Aluminum Transformers$0.20/lb
Dirty Aluminum$0.05-$0.08/lb

Other Scrap

ScrapCurrent Price
Car Batteries$0.16-$0.19/lb
Lead$0.63/lb
304 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.33/lb
316 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.65/lb
Lead Wheel Weights$0.10/lb
Ballasts$0.07-$0.10/lb
ChillersPrices Vary
Scrap Generators$0.06-$0.06/lb
Circuit BreakersPrices Vary

Scrap Batteries

ScrapCurrent Price
Car Batteries$0.16-$0.19/lb
Lead Backup Batteries$0.05-$0.10/lb
Forklift Batteries$0.11/lb
Steel Case Batteries$0.11-$0.16/lb
Cell Site Lead Batteries$0.10-$0.15/lb
Absolyte Batteries$0.05/lb

Catalytic Converter Scrap

ScrapCurrent Price
Large Foreign Cat$76-$455/each
XL Foreign Cat$200-$304/each
Regular Domestic Cat$18-$132/each
Large GM Cat$101-$285/each
Flow Cats$15-$450/each
Bead Cat$18-$247/each
Small Foreign Cat$15-$217/each
Medium Foreign Cat$67-$421/each
Pre-Domestic Cat$14-$93/each
Foreign Pre-Cat$16-$227/each
High Grade Domestic Cat$40-$608/each
Small GM Cat$18-$79/each
Small Breadloaf Cat$57-$304/each
Small Domestic Cat$21-$170/each
Large Chrysler Cat$99-$275/each
Small Foil/Wire$18-$86/each
Large Foil/Wire Cat$76-$341/each
Foil/Wire Pre$6-$58/each
Half CatVaries, Ask
Aftermarket Cat$10/each
Diesel Cat$15-$485/each
DPF Catalytic Converter$9-$769/each

Steel and Iron

ScrapCurrent Price
Steel$115-$130/GT
Light Iron$115-$130/GT
Cast Iron$185-$200/GT
Brake Rotors$225/GT

Computer Scrap

ScrapCurrent Price
Clean Green Motherboards$1.75/lb
Mid-Grade Boards$1.25/lb
Memory Chips$2.00-$6.50/lb
CPU Processor Chips$4.00-$4.05/lb
Whole Computer Towers w/HD$0.20/lb
Laptops$0.75/lb
Power Supplies (w/ wires)$0.25/lb
Harddrives w/Board$0.55/lb
Harddrive PC Board$3.50/lb
Telecom Equipment$0.10-$0.30/lb
Servers$0.25-$0.45/lb
Back Panels$2.00-$5.50/lb
Low Grade Non PC Boards$0.10/lb
Insulated Wire (45-50% ICW)$1.00-$1.50/lb
Computer Wire (27-35% ICW)$0.40/lb
AL Heat Sinks$0.25/lb

Rare Earth Metals

ScrapCurrent Price
Carbide Inserts & Shapes$6.75-$7.75/lb
Monel$2.20-$6.75/lb
FSX 414$5.00/lb
Titanium$1.00/lb
Nickel$1.50-$5.75/lb
Inconel$0.75-$3.00/lb
Tantalum$10.00-$25.00/lb
High Speed Steel$0.15-$0.65/lb
Hastelloy Shavings$2.00/lb
Hastelloy Solids$2.50-$5.50/lb
Tin Solder$1.00-$3.00/lb
Babbit$1.00-$5.00/lb
Alnico Magnets$0.75/lb

These prices are reflective of the specific date and may vary over time. It’s always a good idea to check the latest prices if you’re considering selling scrap metal.

Each category has its unique characteristics and applications, influencing its value in the recycling market.

  1. Copper & Brass:
    • Includes high-value metals like bare bright wire and various types of brass.
    • Common sources: plumbing, electrical wires.
    • Known for excellent conductivity and resistance to corrosion.
  2. Copper Tubing & Cable:
    • Encompasses copper in forms like tubing and insulated wire.
    • Valuable due to high copper content.
    • Used in electrical and plumbing applications.
  3. Aluminum & Steel:
    • Lightweight, corrosion-resistant (aluminum) and strong, versatile (steel).
    • Found in construction materials, cans, automobiles.
    • Aluminum is highly recyclable and retains its properties.
  4. Computer Scrap:
    • Involves parts like motherboards, CPUs, and memory chips.
    • High value due to precious metals like gold, silver, and palladium.
    • Special handling required due to potential hazards.
  5. Other Metals:
    • Includes diverse metals like lead and stainless steel.
    • Used in various applications, from plumbing to medical equipment.
    • Prices vary based on purity and market demand.
  6. Steel & Iron:
    • Common in construction, automotive industries.
    • Ferrous metals, generally lower in value but widely recycled.
    • Includes light iron from appliances and heavier steel scrap.