Current Scrap Metal Prices
Scrap Metal Scrap Price Updated Price Date
Copper National Average $3.42/lb Updated 10/28/2021
Steel National Average $158.00/ton Updated 10/28/2021
Aluminum National Average $0.53/lb Updated 10/28/2021

Metal List with Glossary of Common Scrap Metals

Learn about different scrap metals from Non-Ferrous, Ferrous, and E-Scrap metals. With descriptions, videos, and tips on recycling your scrap metals. Check out the complete metal guide for experienced to beginner scrappers. Learn how to make more money on your materials.

Picture of #1 Bare Bright Copper Wire

#1 Bare Bright Copper Wire

Bare, uncoated, unalloyed copper wire free of attachments. All the insulation has been removed from the wire and it is free of solder and paint.

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Picture of #1 Copper Tubing

#1 Copper Tubing

Bare, uncoated, unalloyed copper bus bar/pipe free of attachments.

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Picture of #1 Flashing Copper

#1 Flashing Copper

Bare, uncoated, unalloyed copper free of tar, corrosion, paint, etc. Used in house decor and roofing.

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Picture of #2 Copper Tubing

#2 Copper Tubing

Burnt copper, copper with light tin coating, solder, or brass fittings still attached.

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Picture of #2/3 Mix Copper

#2/3 Mix Copper

When Copper Tubing and Roofing Copper are mixed together instead of separated and usually has solder or paint on it.

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Picture of #3 Copper with Tar

#3 Copper with Tar

Roofing copper with heavy tar, wood, or attachments.

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Picture of #3 Roofing Copper

#3 Roofing Copper

Roofing/gutter/flashing copper with little tar or attachments like nails or wood.

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Picture of 17-4 Stainless Steel

17-4 Stainless Steel

Must be analyzed and have no attachments. Used in the food and aerospace industries.

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Picture of #1 Heavy Melting Steel

#1 Heavy Melting Steel

Prepared pieces smaller than 60”x 24” over ¼“ thick.

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Picture of #1 HMS

#1 HMS

Prepared pieces smaller than 60”x 24” over ¼“ thick.

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Picture of #1 Prepared

#1 Prepared

Prepared scrap steel smaller than 5 ft by 2 ft and with a heavy gauge of ¼ inch or more.

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Picture of #1 Steel

#1 Steel

Prepared pieces smaller than 60"x 24” over 1/4“ thick.

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Picture of #2 Heavy Melting Steel

#2 Heavy Melting Steel

Black pipe, longer unprepared pieces of #1 HMS.

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Picture of #2 HMS

#2 HMS

Scrap Steel with a lighter gauge and cannot include Light Iron or Sheet Metal.

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Picture of #2 Prepared

#2 Prepared

Scrap Steel with a lighter gauge and cannot include Light Iron or Sheet Metal.

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Picture of Automobiles

Automobiles

Scrap Autos are to be prepared by a licensed “auto recycler,” once processed free of gas tank, fluids, and battery it is densified or “crushed” for transportation purposes.

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Picture of Back Panels

Back Panels

Where many boards connect to higher precious metals.

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Picture of Backup Batteries

Backup Batteries

Also known as UPS’, these systems are what you plug your computers and other networking gear into so you can prevent power surges.

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Picture of Cellphones

Cellphones

Old cell phones with/without batteries attached.

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Picture of Computer Wire

Computer Wire

Wire from PC's, networking, and servers.

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Picture of CPU Chips

CPU Chips

The “brain” of the computer. Different kinds like copper, ceramic, and more.

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Picture of CRT

CRT

Intact screen, not broken, generally costs money to recycle.

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Picture of Empty PC Servers

Empty PC Servers

After many of the networking boards are removed, these will remain and can be sold for some of the gold boards still attached.

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Picture of Hard Drive Boards

Hard Drive Boards

The boards off of the hard drives, while small, can be worth more than normal motherboards.

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