Numerous things in our home are made from metal parts, and many of these things can be broken down and traded in for some extra cash. Old appliances, decorations, gutters, roofing, and anything else made of metal can be taken to a junkyard and turned in for money. Even small metal scraps are worth something. The price of scrap metal recycling may surprise you. This article will cover everything you need to know about turning almost any kind of scrap metal into money.

Included in This Article:

  • Exactly What Is Scrap Metal?

  • Common Types of Scrap Metal

  • How to Identify the Various Types of Scrap Metal

  • Price of Scrap Metal per Pound, Per Ton

  • Where to Sell Scrap Metal

Exactly What Is Scrap Metal?

Scrap metal is the general name given to any recyclable material leftover from product manufacturing and consumption. Scrap metal can come from sources such as vehicles, building supplies, construction projects, and consumer purchases. The great thing about scrap metal is that unlike other types of waste, it has monetary value — sometimes quite a bit of value.

Typically, scrap metal is salvaged and sold to a scrapyard (also known as a junkyard, wrecking yard, or breaker’s yard), where it will be processed and melted down. Several different types of metals are commonly labeled as scrap and the following section of this article will go over the most common types of scrap metal.

Common Types of Scrap Metal

Typically, scrap metal can be divided into three categories: ferrous metal, non-ferrous metal, and e-scrap (electronic scrap that contains various metals, including precious metals like gold). Ferrous metals contain iron; they are magnetic and prone to corrosion. Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron, are not magnetic, and are more resistant to corrosion than ferrous metals.

Scrap metals are usually referred to by a universal number and name, which helps with sorting and pricing. When sorting through scrap metal, be sure to make note of the exact type of metal that you have in your lot. It’s useful to have a magnet on hand to help with accurate identification of your scrap metal. This article will cover the most common types of scrap metal, but there are many more scrap items that may be accepted for money.

Price of Scrap Metal Recycling

There isn’t a blanket price for scrap metal, as different metals will have different prices attached to them. To further add to the price discrepancies, things like the grade of the metal, the quality, the size, and the cleanliness of the scrap can influence how much a piece of scrap will be worth. Additionally, different scrap yards will quote different prices. In order to maximize your profits, it’s best to call around to different scrap yards. Scrap metal dealers are basically local to anyone.

To help you get a feel for what kinds of prices to expect when selling your scrap, we’ve compiled current (as of January 2016) and historical price data for the most common types of scrap metal. It’s important to note that scrap metal prices fluctuate often, and the current spot price may be very different from what is listed here.

A few sites that provide prices for scrap metal are Scrap Monster, Scrap Register, Metalprices, and Scrap Index. (Note that while these sites are great resources for finding out prices specifically for scrap metals, current and historical prices aren’t accessible without a subscription. Scrap Monster and Scrap Register have price information publicly available that is a few months old.) The prices listed here were compiled and calculated from InvestmentMine, Scrap Monster, and Investing.com. All weight units are in pounds, while all currency is in US dollars. (Note that some scrap resources will provide a price per ton. One US ton is 2,000 pounds, while one metric ton is 2,204.62 pounds. You can use these ratios to convert appropriately from the prices listed here.)

It’s worth noting that a scrap yard will never pay the full spot price of a particular metal. Expect to receive 30% – 50% of the going market value for each type of metal.

Ferrous Scrap Metals Prices

“Scrap iron” is the name given to all ferrous scrap materials, which includes light and heavy gauge pieces. Any type of scrap iron needs to be free of glass, plastic, debris, and contamination in order to be sold as scrap. Scrap iron can come from household appliances, scrap leftovers from new productions, or pieces from a construction site or demolition project. Since scrap iron covers a broad range of materials, the following section of the article covers the common types of scrap iron you may find.

#1 Heavy Melting Steel (HMS) (Also called #1 Prepared Steel)

  • Identifying Markers: #1 HMS is prepared pieces of steel smaller than 60″x24″ and over 1/4″ thick in size. To be considered #1, the HMS must not contain any galvanized or blackened steel.
  • Where It Comes From: HMS will typically come from construction work sites.
  • Price: Price for #1 HMS depends on the size of the pieces and the prices of the individual scrap yard. Public information on Heavy Melting Steel is somewhat limited.
    • Current (From December 2016)
      • Average: ~$0.11
    • Historical (From October 2016)
      • Average: ~$0.09
  • How To Maximize Profit: Make sure your HMS pieces are already prepared before bringing them to a scrapyard. Try to have the steel cut into 4” lengths to increase the value.

#2 Heavy Melting Steel (HMS)

  • Identifying Markers: #2 HMS is heavy melting steel that is larger than 60″x24″ and over 1/4″ thick in size. The larger size of #2 HMS makes it unprepared steel. #2 HMS can include blackened steel, but cannot include light iron or sheet metal.
  • Where It Comes From: #2 HMS is typically found at construction sites after a demolition.
  • Price: Since #2 HMS is larger (and therefore not ready for use) and includes blackened steel, it will be valued less than #1 HMS. Price for #2 HMS depends on the size of the pieces and on the prices of the individual scrap yard. Public information on #2 HMS is very limited, as it’s most commonly associated with heavy industry and is likely to be salvaged by casual scrappers, but expect prices to be slightly lower than prices for #1 HMS.
  • How To Maximize Profit: Call around to find the best offer on #2 HMS, and be sure to ask for special prices for large loads of #2 HMS.

Busheling (Includes Machine Shop Turnings, Steel Shavings, and Iron Borings)

  • Identifying Markers: Busheling is typically new production scrap smaller than 12”. It must be bright and shiny without any coatings or rust. It is typically one of the highest grades of scrap steel.
  • Where It Comes From: Busheling is the small scraps that come from steel cut sheets in machine shops and factories.
  • Price: Busheling prices are always changing and you will need to contact a scrapyard for current pricing. To give you an idea of how much you can earn from busheling scrap, here is some information about the price of Iron Ore Fines:

    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $0.04
      • Low: $0.02
      • Average: ~$0.03
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $0.07
      • Low: $0.02
      • Average: ~$0.04
  • How To Maximize Profit: In order to get the top price for busheling, it needs to be in perfect condition, free of rust, coating, or paint.

Cast Iron

  • Identifying Markers: Cast iron is the name given to the group of iron-carbon alloys with a carbon content greater than 2%. Cast iron is often used to form pipes, machinery, and automotive parts.
  • Where It Comes From: Cast iron scrap can typically be found at demolition sites and construction sites. Grates, sewer plates, pipes, radiators, bathtubs, and old stoves may also contain cast iron.
  • Price: Price for cast iron scrap varies by scrapyard. To give you an idea of how much you can earn from cast iron scrap, here is some information about the price of cast iron from Acier Century:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • Average: ~$0.09
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • Not available
  • How To Maximize Profit: Be sure to separate cast iron from scraps of other iron as it will fetch a different price.

Tin (also known as Light Iron)

  • Identifying Markers: Light iron is very thin gauged steel that is often used to build household appliances. As the name suggests, light iron will be much lighter in weight than other types of scrap. Tin is one of the most common types of scrap. It is one of the cheaper grades of steel.
  • Where It Comes From: Light iron typically comes from household appliances (also known as white goods) like refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers, air conditioners, etc.
  • Price: Price for light iron scrap varies by scrapyard. To give you a better idea of how much you can earn from your tin scrap, here is some information about the price of tin:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $9.95
      • Low: $6.00
      • Average: ~$7.67
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $11.70
      • Low: $5.84
      • Average: ~$8.97
  • How To Maximize Profit: Light iron from any source can be brought into a scrap yard and exchanged for cash. Be sure to take any old appliances and small pieces of light iron from removals, tear outs, or construction jobs to a scrap yard first before throwing it in the garbage. Since tin is so light and priced at a per ton basis, it’s a good idea to collect a large pile before taking it to a scrap yard. Sometimes a scrap yard will give you a higher price on tin if you bring in a large quantity.

Plate and Structural Steel

  • Identifying Markers: Plate and structural steel includes prepared I-Beams, channels, angles and/or plates, steel girders, and structural steel from demolition scrap. The material should be clean, dry plate that is not over 24” wide and 36” – 60” in length (depending on the requirements of the scrap yard). Plate and structural steel that is longer than 36” – 60” will be labeled as unprepared P&S.
  • Where It Comes From: Plate and structural steel typically comes from large construction projects and demolition.
  • Price: Price varies depending on the type metal, weight of the pieces, and the individual scrap yard. Unprepared P&S will be priced a little lower than the prepared plate and structural steel. Public information on plate and structural steel is limited.
    • Current (From December 2016):
      • Average: ~$0.09
  • How To Maximize Profit: Since several different items fall under plate and structural steel, try to sort out the different pieces as much as you can. Knowing which categories your pieces fall under will help you fetch the best prices.

Non-ferrous Scrap Metals

Non-ferrous scrap metals are materials that do not contain any iron. As a result, non-ferrous scrap is not magnetic. Common non-ferrous scrap metals include copper, brass, aluminum, bronze, stainless steel, and carbide. The following section will provide details about the most common types of non-ferrous metals you will come across while scrapping.

Copper

Scrap copper will come in several different grades and forms. No matter the form, copper prices can fluctuate from day to day.

#1 Bare Bright Copper

  • Identifying Markers: #1 bare bright copper wire is bare, uncoated, unalloyed copper wire that is free of attachments. Additionally, all insulation should be removed from the wire. Bare bright should also be free of solder and paint. The color of bare bright copper wire should be an orange reddish shade all the way through.
  • Where It Comes From: Bare bright copper wire can be found inside of THHN wire (also known as 10 – 14 gauge wire, or spaghetti wire) and insulated wire, such as in the brands Romex, fire wire, and Cat 5/6. Some places to look for copper wire are on appliances, at construction sites, and in internet and computer cords.
  • Price: Bare bright copper wire is one of the highest priced scrap metals. Prices will vary depending on the scrapyard. Read more about copper wire here. To give you a better idea of how much you can earn from your bare bright copper scrap, here is some information about the price of copper:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $2.69
      • Low:$1.96
      • Average: ~$2.10
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $3.90
      • Low: $1.96
      • Average:~$2.93
  • How To Maximize Profit: Any type of insulated scrap wires should be stripped to determine what kind of metal lies inside. You want to be sure that your bare bright copper wire is not tin coated (it will have a silver color on the outside if it is). To get the highest price on bare bright, you want to be sure that the wire is as clean as it can be. Bare bright should never be burned, should not be mixed with other copper, cannot be green or heavy with corrosion, and cannot be held together by heavy tape or shrink wrap.

#1 Copper Tubing

  • Identifying Markers: #1 copper tubing is bare, unalloyed, uncoated bus bar/pipe free of attachments. To be considered #1, the copper tubing must be free of corrosion, solder, paint, or brass fittings.
  • Where It Comes From: There are a few different types of copper that fall under #1 copper tubing. #1 Hair Wire, which is copper wire that is too thin to be considered bare bright, will fall under #1 copper tubing. Clean bus bar, which comes from electrical systems, that has no coating or tin plating will also fall under #1 tubing.
  • Price: #1 copper tubing is quite valuable, although not as much as bare bright copper wire. Price will vary by scrapyard. To give you a better idea of how much you can earn from your #1 copper tubing scrap, here is some information about the price of copper:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $2.69
      • Low:$1.96
      • Average: ~$2.10
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $3.90
      • Low: $1.96
      • Average:~$2.93
  • How To Maximize Profit: To make the most money, all #1 tubing should be as clean as possible. Be sure that it is free of any contamination and that all attachments have been removed.

#1 Flashing Copper

  • Identifying Markers: #1 flashing copper is bare, unalloyed, uncoated copper that is free of tar, corrosion, and paint. Flashing copper is typically used for house decor and roofing.
  • Where It Comes From: Flashing copper is typically found on roofs, gutters, and solar panels. It can also be used for outdoor trimmings. Contractors will often have scraps of flashing copper from previous jobs.
  • Price: Price for flashing copper will vary by scrapyard. Imperfections on the flashing copper will lower the value. To give you a better idea of how much you can earn from your flashing copper scrap, here is some information about the price of copper:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $2.69
      • Low:$1.96
      • Average: ~$2.10
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $3.90
      • Low: $1.96
      • Average:~$2.93
  • How To Maximize Profit: Flashing copper should be free of tar and any adhesives. It should also be clean and free of paint, solder, and rust.

#2 Copper Tubing

  • Identifying Markers: Burnt copper, or copper with light tin coating, solder, or brass fittings still attached, is considered #2 copper tubing.
  • Where It Comes From: #2 copper tubing comes from the same places as #1 tubing. The only difference is that #2 copper tubing is usually damaged in some way and has brass fittings. #2 tubing is typically used in plumbing.
  • Price: #2 copper tubing will be priced lower than #1 and prices will vary by scrapyard. To give you a better idea of how much you can earn from your #2 copper tubing scrap, here is some information about the price of copper:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $2.69
      • Low:$1.96
      • Average: ~$2.10
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $3.90
      • Low: $1.96
      • Average:~$2.93
  • How To Maximize Profit: Be sure to separate clean tubing from dirty tubing as the cleaner #2 tubing may be worth more. If it is possible, cutting off the brass fittings may move #2 tubing to #1 tubing if it meets the other criteria.

#3 Roofing Copper

  • Identifying Markers: #3 roofing copper is roofing, gutter, or flashing copper that has little tar and small attachments like nails or wood. If the roofing copper has heavy tar, wood, or other attachments, it will be marked as dirty and priced much lower than clean #3 roofing copper. Be sure to separate the dirtier roofing copper from the cleaner pieces as the prices will be different.
  • Where It Comes From: As the name suggests, #3 roofing copper comes from roofs, gutters, flashing, and other outside areas of a home.
  • Price: Price for #3 roofing copper will be less than #2 as the copper is less pure and harder to process for recycling. Prices will vary by scrapyard. To give you a better idea of how much you can earn from your roofing copper scrap, here is some information about the price of copper:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $2.69
      • Low:$1.96
      • Average: ~$2.10
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $3.90
      • Low: $1.96
      • Average:~$2.93
  • How To Maximize Profit: Since #3 roofing copper has attachments and adhesives, be sure to separate the non-copper pieces as much as you can. You may be able to earn relatively more on larger weights of roofing copper.

#2/3 Mix Copper

  • Identifying Markers: When copper tubing and copper roofing are mixed together instead of separated, a scrap yard may mark it as #2/3 mix copper. Usually solder and paint is present on the pieces of #2/3 mix.
  • Where It Comes From: #2/3 mix comes from construction or electrical jobs and occurs when a plumber, electrician, contractor, or construction worker does not have the time to properly separate out the copper scrap.
  • Price: Since #2/3 mix typically has solder, paint, or other materials attached to it, prices will be fairly low. However, it might be worth it to sell the mix when you consider how much time it takes to separate out all the scrap. Prices will vary by scrap yard. Be sure to call ahead to make sure the scrap yard accepts #2/3 mix. To give you a better idea of how much you can earn from mix copper scrap, here is some information about the price of copper:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $2.69
      • Low:$1.96
      • Average: ~$2.10
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $3.90
      • Low: $1.96
      • Average:~$2.93
  • How To Maximize Profit: Although #2/3 mix may have adhesives and attachments, you should make sure that the pieces are as clean and free of dirt as possible.

300-Series Stainless Steel (304, 310, 316, and 321)

  • Identifying Markers: All stainless steel from the 300 series should not be magnetic. Due to its shiny silver appearance, it may be mistaken for clean cast aluminum. However, stainless steel will be stronger and shinier than aluminum. 300-series stainless steel can be further sorted into the following categories and will need to be analyzed at the scrapyard:
    • 304: One of the most common forms of stainless steel scrap. To be marked as 304 stainless steel, the pieces should contain the following percentages of metals:
      • 8% – 10.5% Nickel (Ni)
      • 18% – 20% Chromium (Cr)
      • 0% – 2% of each: Cabon (C), Sulfur (S), Phosphorus (P), Manganese (Mn), Silicon (Si)
    • 310: This type of stainless steel will be heavier than 304. To be marked as 310 stainless steel, the pieces should contain the following percentages of metals:
      • 19% – 22% Nickel (Ni)
      • 24% – 26% Chromium (Cr)
      • Under 3% each: small traces of Manganese (Mn), Tin (Sn), Phosphorus (P), Carbon (C)
    • 316: To be marked as 316 stainless steel, the pieces should contain the following percentages of metals:
      • 10% – 14% Nickel (Ni)
      • 16% – 18% Chromium (Cr)
      • 2% – 3% Molybdenum (Mo)
      • 0% – 1% of each: Carbon (C), Manganese (Mn), Phosphorus (P), Sulfur (S), Silicon (Si)
    • 321: This is a heavy grade of stainless steel that contains titanium to tie up the carbon and avoid chromium carbide precipitation in welding.
  • Where It Comes From: 300-series stainless steel will usually come from appliances, kitchenware, automotive parts, and aerospace technology.
    • 304: This type is commonly found in machine shops, kitchenware, and exhaust systems. 304 is also commonly used in the dairy, citrus, and fruit juice industries.
    • 310: This type is often used for furnace parts, oil burner parts, and welding filler wire.
    • 316: This type is typically used in food preparation equipment, boat fittings, water filtration screens, and springs.
    • 321: This type is often used for aircraft exhaust manifolds, furnace parts, spiral welded tubes for burner pipes, and flues.
  • Price: The different types of 300 series stainless steel will be priced differently. Prices will vary by scrap yard and by the form of the metal (drawn bar, hot rolled coil, cold rolled coil, etc.). You can read more about the prices of 304 and 316 stainless steel here.
    • Current (From November 2016):
      • Average: Roughly $0.43 for stainless steel scrap solids
  • How To Maximize Profit: To ensure that 300-series stainless steel is properly sorted, you will need to ask a scrapyard to analyze your scrap stainless steel. Today, most scrapyards will have an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer. The analyzer will be able to accurately identify what kind of stainless steel you have.

400-Series Stainless Steel

  • Identifying Markers: Unlike other types of stainless steel, 400-series stainless steel contains no nickel and is magnetic because of the carbon content. Due to these properties, it will need to be analyzed at a scrapyard.
  • Where It Comes From: 400-series is typically used in exhaust systems. It can also be found in grills and certain appliances.
  • Price: 400-series stainless steel will be priced less than other types of stainless steel. Prices will vary by scrapyard, by the specific type of 400-series steel, and by the form of the metal. Read more about 430 stainless steel here.
    • Current (from September 2016):
      • Average: ~$0.75 for cold rolled coil (430)
  • How To Maximize Profit: Telling the scrapyard where you got this type of stainless steel from will help in the identification process. Be sure to ask the scrapyard to use an analyzer to be sure that your scrap is 400-series stainless steel.

Aluminum

  • Identifying Markers: There are many different types of aluminum scrap and it will be hard to tell the difference without an analyzer. In general, aluminum scrap should be non-magnetic, lightweight, and a light silver color. Aluminum will never be rusty, but it will tarnish with age. Some common types of aluminum scrap include:
    • Aluminum 6061
    • Aluminum 6063
    • Aluminum Breakage
    • Aluminum Clips which come from Al 6061
    • Aluminum Rims
    • Aluminum Cans
    • Aluminum Turnings
    • Aluminum #3 which is a mid-grade aluminum that is not clean enough to fetch a top aluminum price, but not dirty enough to be considered breakage.
  • Where It Comes From: Aluminum can be used for machine equipment, engines, kitchenware, construction, house siding and frames, and more.
  • Price: Different types of aluminum will fetch different prices. The condition of the aluminum will also affect price. Clean aluminum will earn more money while aluminum with paint on it will earn less. Prices will vary by scrapyard. Read more about scrap aluminum here. To give you a better idea of how much you can earn from your aluminum scrap, here is some information on the price of aluminum:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $0.81
      • Low: $0.66
      • Average: ~$0.74
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $1.05
      • Low: $0.68
      • Average: ~$0.82
  • How To Maximize Profit: Although it’s hard to tell what kind of aluminum you have, you should try your best to sort it all out. At the very least, make sure that you separate your cleaner aluminum from pieces that may be tarnished or have paint. Sometimes aluminum pieces may be marked with a grade, which will help make sorting easier.

Brass

  • Identifying Markers: Brass is an alloy mainly composed of copper with zinc added. Brasses can have a varying amount of zinc and other elements added to it. The color of brass can range from red to yellow depending on the amount of zinc. It will not be as red orange as unalloyed copper is. There are many different types of brass and include the following:
    • Brass Hair Wire
    • Brass Pipe
    • Brass Heater Cores
    • Brass Radiators
    • Brass Shells
    • Brass Turnings
    • Yellow Brass
    • Chrome Plated Brass.
  • Where It Comes From: Brass scrap can come from plumbing fixtures, decorations, tools, and automotive parts.
  • Price: Since brass is an alloyed form of copper, its price will be lower than copper’s. Different types of brass will fetch different prices. Prices will vary by scrap yard and by the form of the brass. Read about scrap brass prices here.
    • Current (From December 2015):
      • High: $1.38
      • Low: $1.35
      • Average: ~$1.36
  • How To Maximize Profit: Do your best to sort out your brass scraps and make sure that the pieces are as clean as possible.

Bronze

  • Identifying Markers: Bronze is an alloy consisting primarily of copper with other things added to it. Typically tin is used, but arsenic, phosphorus, aluminum, manganese, and silicon can be added to the mixture to produce different properties. The additional ingredients make bronze harder and heavier than pure copper. The color of bronze is a dull gold color. You can tell the difference between bronze and brass by the faint rings visible on the surface of bronze. There are different types of bronze, but all bronze scrap should be free of high lead contamination or steel.
  • Where It Comes From: Bronze is used for sculptures, plumbing fixtures, instruments, medals, and nautical applications.
  • Price: Since bronze has many different things added to it, the price will be lower than it is for scrap copper and brass. Different types of bronze will fetch significantly different prices. As a general rule, the more copper a bronze piece has, the more valuable it will be. Prices will vary by scrapyard. Read about bronze scrap prices here. 
    • Current (From June 2016):
      • Average: $1.44 for red brass scrap
  • How To Maximize Profit: Do your best to sort out your bronze pieces and make sure that all pieces are as clean as possible.

Lead

  • Identifying Markers: Lead scrap is a soft metal that should have no steel, brass, foil, or paper attached to it. There are different types of lead scrap, including:
    • Lead Shot
    • Lead Batteries
    • Lead Wheel Weights
    • Lead Pipes
  • Where It Comes From: Lead scrap can come from old lead pipes, construction sites, and household items.
  • Price: Different types of lead will fetch different prices. Prices will vary by scrapyard. Read more about scrap lead here. To give you some idea on how much you can earn from your lead scrap, here is some information about the price of lead:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $1.10
      • Low: $0.72
      • Average: ~$0.86
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $1.16
      • Low: $0.70
      • Average: ~$0.91
  • How To Maximize Profit: To get a good price on lead scrap, it should be as clean as possible and free of dirt and contamination.

Carbide

  • Identifying Markers: Carbide scrap is not a very common material found while scrapping. It is made from tungsten, and it is a very hard and dense material. It should have a grayish color.
  • Where It Comes From: Carbide is used in machine shops and to make tools. Some drill bits and other equipment are made from carbide.
  • Price: The price of carbide scrap fluctuates often and depends on the price of tungsten, which is a rare metal. Prices will vary by scrapyard. To give you some idea of how much you can earn from your carbide scrap, here some information about the price of tungsten:
    • Current (From January 2016 – December 2016):
      • High: $59.24
      • Low: $47.86
      • Average: ~$53.47
    • Historical (From 2012 – 2016):
      • High: $121.25
      • Low: $47.86
      • Average: ~$83.89
  • How To Maximize Profit: Any pieces that you may suspect are carbide will need to be analyzed at a scrapyard. Contrary to popular belief, most drill bits are not made from carbide since carbide bits are not commonly sold at regular home improvement stores.

Where to Sell Scrap Metal

The best place to sell your scrap metal is at a local scrap yard or junkyard. There will most likely be several scrap yards in your area, which means that as long as you have the time and patience, you can call around to get the best price for your scrap. The following websites are directories of scrap yards across the U.S.:

Scrap Metal Prices Conclusion

We hope the price of scrap metal matches your expectations. As you can see, the number of materials that are considered potentially valuable scrap metal are numerous. The best scrap metal prices come from the best metals.

Whether you’re a professional scrapper or a homeowner working on a remodel, chances are your old metal junk is actually worth something. Remember that sorting and cleaning your scrap metal will help you fetch the highest price. Be sure to keep a few magnets on hand to help with sorting. When you’re ready to sell your scrap, shop around and don’t be afraid to ask your scrap yard to analyze your pieces to make sure you’re getting the appropriate pricing. We hope this article helps you put a few extra dollars in your pocket!