Current Scrap Metal Prices
Scrap Metal Scrap Price Updated Price Date
Copper National Average $3.42/lb Updated 08/16/2022
Steel National Average $158.00/ton Updated 08/16/2022
Aluminum National Average $0.53/lb Updated 08/16/2022

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.

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Rotors

Rotors are a heavy steel and are from car and truck wheels. Most scrap yards that buy ferrous metals will accept them.

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Steel Shavings

Clean steel turnings, new production scrap smaller than 12" and nothing coated on.

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Shreddable Steel

Household appliances (“white” goods), hot water heaters, and misc sheet steel.

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Tin

Household appliances (“white” goods), hot water heaters, and misc sheet steel.

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Uncleaned Auto Cast

Whole or particle cast iron auto or truck engines. Transmissions may or may not be attached. Also can be called rotors and drums with plastic bare engine blocks.

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Incomplete Car

A vehicle that is missing one or more of the following: radiator, battery, catalytic converter, motor, transmission, wheels and/or tires. Required to have a title for the vehicle.

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Complete Car

A vehicle that has the radiator, battery, catalytic converter, motor, transmission, wheels and tires. A title for the vehicle is required.

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#2 Heavy Melting Steel

Black pipe, longer unprepared pieces of #1 HMS.

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Light Iron

Household appliances (“white” goods), hot water heaters, and misc sheet steel.

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#1 Heavy Melting Steel

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

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#1 Steel

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

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