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Exploring the Different Types of Aluminum Accepted at Your Local Scrap Yard!!


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! 


Acceptable Materials

Appliances including:
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • FOR A $10 FEE—Air Conditioners

End of Life Items Including:
  • Machinery (all fluids,pans and cylinders removed)
  • Farm Equipment
  • Farm Machinery
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cast Iron Patio Furniture
  • Cast Iron Outdoor Railing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steel Wheels
  • Steel

Nonferrous Scrap:
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Pots and Pans
  • Aluminum Siding/Gutters/Downspouts
  • Aluminum Patio Furniture
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Aluminum Wire
  • Auto Batteries
  • Brass Fixtures/Lamps Decorative items
  • Cable, Fence and Wire
  • Christmas Lights
  • Copper
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Pipes
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Valves and Connectors
  • Copper Tubing
  • Copper Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Insulated Wire
  • Radiators
  • Screen Doors/Windows (glass removed)
  • Stainless Steel

Prohibited Materials

  • Acetylene Cylinders
  • Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)- applies to both fibrous and solid materials
  • Any Scrap Containing Refrigerants (CFC or HCFC) (Freezers, Refrigerators)  Air Conditioners are accepted for a $10 fee
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT/tube-style computer monitors or televisions)
  • Closed Compressed Gas Cylinders – high pressure cylinders with valve intact
  • Combustible or Flammable Materials – fuels, paints, degreasers, unpunctured aerosol cans
  • Corrosive Materials – highly acidic or caustic materials (battery acid, caustic soda, etc.)
  • Explosive Materials, Munitions, Shell Casings – includes suspect military scrap
  • Free Flowing Liquids (including water)
  • Hazardous Waste – toxic or poisonous materials or wastes
  • Infectious Materials – blood-soaked or biohazard items
  • Liquids or Scrap Containing Free Flowing Liquids – fuels, antifreeze, oils, hydraulic fluid, paints
  • Mercury Containing Materials – mercury-containing thermostats, switches or fluorescent light bulbs
  • Non-Metallic Items – concrete, wood, asphalt, dirt, debris, tires (more than 5 per auto)
  • PCB-Containing Materials
  • Whole tanks uncut
  • Radioactive Scrap – anything exhibiting radiation levels above background
  • Scrap with Small Capacitors that contain 50 ppm of PCBs