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How much is scrap metal worth?

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Scrap pricing moves with the market and can be worth differing amounts of money at different times, mostly dependent on supply and demand for commodities, the value of the US Dollar, and influence of the economic conditions and other financial considerations.

In general, steel pricing is established monthly, based on the price we get from the steel mills and shredders that buy our scrap metal.  Our pricing is always online at https://recycleyourmetal.com/sell-metal/.  Outside of low-value wire steel can range between 7-15 cents per pound depending on market volatility.

Non-ferrous metal does not stick to a magnet and is worth more money per pound.  Copper by grade can be worth up to four dollars per pound and can be extremely volatile, it has recently been as low as 1.50 per pound in 2009.  Again, all metals vary and move in time, but aluminum extrusion has been valued between 60 cents and 1.00 per pound and stainless steel has generally been valued between 30-75 cents per pound recently.

On the lower end of non-ferrous metals, mixed aluminum can vary between 10-50 cents per pound based on non-aluminum content.  Copper mixed with steel (electric motors, ballast, sealed units) generally can be valued between 5-20 cents per pound and lead-based car batteries can range between 10-15 cents per pound.  

For industrial customers, Sahd Metal Recycling can build you a pricing formula that will automatically bounce with the market’s ups and downs.  This transparent policy allows the customer to have the tools to always know what their scrap metal is worth.  

Most local scrap metal dealers will all be within a general range of pricing at all times.  Often the biggest differentiator to keep in mind is which companies are transparent with pricing and give all of the information upfront and easy to find.  

At Sahd Metal Recycling our pricing is always posted on our website and inquiries for large quantities are entertained with a call or emailed pictures to dan@recycleyourmetal.com.

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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