Let’s go over the different types of aluminum your typical metal scrap yard will take!
First, let’s look at everyone’s favorite, aluminum cans! You guys already know all about these I’m sure, In the United States, approximately 100 billion aluminum cans are consumed each year.
Right now our yard is buying aluminum cans from our customers for around $.50, but for us here we typically will pay more for higher amounts of quantity.
Another type of metal we should go over is aluminum siding which we are also paying $.50 for right now! You can typically find it on the side of commercial and residential homes and it is a popular choice due to its durability and low maintenance requirements.
The next type of aluminum scrap yards typically take is aluminum extrusion or in other words “clean” aluminum, this metal is free from any significant contamination, such as paint, coatings, or other non-aluminum materials like steel.
We pay $.60 for this type of aluminum, which is the most we pay out of all the different types of aluminum we take!
Finally, we have mixed aluminum, which is pretty much like aluminum extrusion, but just with too many contaminants on it, whether that be paint or steel. Right now we are paying $.32 for mixed aluminum.
These are the four basic categories we and most other scrap yards out there buy aluminum for!