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.

Picture of Stainless Steel Breakage

Stainless Steel Breakage

Consists of stainless steel, but allows for small percentages of plastic and contaminants. Must be at least 50% stainless steel.

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Aluminum Breakage

Aluminum recyclables with greater than 8% of foreign attachments but less than 40%

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Picture of Refined Rebrass & Copper

Refined Rebrass & Copper

Brass and copper recyclables that consist of 50% or more of red metals.

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Aluminum #3

Mid-grade aluminum that is not considered breakage but not as clean as aluminum.

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A heterogeneous mixture of aluminum and copper that remains after the shredded car has passed through the entire downstream operation.

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

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Picture of Brass Heater Cores

Brass Heater Cores

Brass heater cores from automobiles, no steel.

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Picture of Uncleaned Auto Cast

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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Picture of Steel Case Batteries

Steel Case Batteries

Used in machinery like forktrucks and forklifts, with lead-acid.

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