Scrap Metal Prices in Lancaster, PA

Current Prices


Cast Iron Rotors: .08

Prepared Steel: .07

Unprepared Steel: .06

Lite Iron: .06

Machinery: .05

Loose Wire: .01


Aluminum 6063 extrusion .65 Aluminum 6061 Sheet Plate Clip .55

Aluminum Cans: .60

Aluminum Siding: .55

Cast Aluminum: .35

Mixed Aluminum: .35


Bare Brite: 3.35

#1 Copper: 3.25

#2 Copper: 2.95

Sheet Copper: 2.50

Copper Aluminum Rads: 1.30

85% Ins Wire: 2.25, THHN: 2.10, Romex (#1):1.45

#2 Ins Wire: .80

Electric Motors: .15

Brass: 1.70

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel: .30


Lead: $0.25

Lead Batteries: $.09

Lead Wheel Weights: $0.05

Sahd Metal Recycling believes in transparent pricing for all of our customers! We committed to giving you a fair price for your scrap metal every time you bring in excess metal from your home or business and with every pickup in our commercial recycling program.

Steel pricing typically remains consistent for the month following the mill and foundry steel buys. Copper, aluminum, stainless steel, and associated metals can change daily as the market changes. Our commitment to you is pricing that is current and updated, and easily accessible to you!

Feel free to reach out to us with pictures for quantity and quality pricing; we look forward to hearing from you! And bookmark this page for the latest updates to our copper, aluminum, stainless steel, and steel pricing.

What Our Customers Say

Giving this place 5 stars! Just went there today for the 1st time to scrap copper. Every employee was very nice excellent customer service. I highly recommend going here for any business u need taking care of from them. I will definitely be going to them from now on, to me customer service goes a long way and for that reason alone I will be returning to give them my business! Thank you Sahd metal Recycling keep doing what your doing!

L. Hunts

Lancaster, PA

How We Price Scrap Metal

Transparent Scrap Metal Pricing

First, we always publish our prices, right on our website.  Some scrapyards refuse to publish their prices or make you call in or in some cases drive-in with your metal to know the value of the metal.  Whether you are cleaning out your house, garage, business, or have an established industrial recycling program with us you will always have the ability to know the value of your metal before you decide to work with us.  We aren’t afraid of competition, we hope you look at us compared to all of our competitors and hope you feel we have the right mix of integrity, service, and sustainable values to be your long-term recycling solution!

For our industrial metal recycling customers, scrap metal pricing is communicated at the beginning of the month. Our customer service rep sends out a pricing sheet to each of our customers.  Steel prices will stay steady for the month and formulas for copper, brass, aluminum and stainless steel will display the percentage of the day of pickup metal price that will be given.  Aileen gives customers the pricing formula and a brief overview of what we know about pricing which is very helpful to our commercial metal recycling customers.

How Scrap Metal Prices are Calculated

If you are wondering how in the world do they come up with the pricing there are many different variables involved.  Non-ferrous metals, such as aluminum prices, copper prices, brass prices, and stainless steel prices are all determined on a daily basis.  Sahd Metal Recycling commercial recycling program customers have a formula percentage for their metals that is applied to dynamic live pricing.  Metals are priced on the London Metal Exchange and stream on  Non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, copper, brass, and stainless steel can be very volatile and change minute by minute.  Sahd Metal Recycling will honor pricing deals no matter the market and if you lock in a number we will stand by our commitment.  As always, ask for a bump in pricing for large quantities, we will give it if we can.

Commercial account pricing is established for each metal an industrial recycler typically scraps.  An example is brass: if it is always pegged at 40% of the copper LME on if copper is at $1.00 per pound the customer will earn .40/lb.  At $5.00 per pound that same brass is worth $2.00 per pound.  Each metal is based on a percentage based on cleanliness and quality of the alloy and how well the industrial customer can segregate the item.

Steel scrap pricing is typically established at the beginning of the month when the steel mills establish scrap pricing.  Industrial recycling customers will have metal prices hold for the entire month based again on a formula percentage for their type of metal.  Steel dumpsters can often include many different types of scrap steel and Sahd Metal Recycling is committed to sorting the metals to give us and our customers the greatest value for their load.

The steel, lite iron, cast iron, and rotors pricing is all considered ferrous metal pricing.  It is based on the American Metal Market’s Fastmarkets publication.  That publication takes numbers that are given by buyers and sellers of various grades of metals.  Sahd Metal Recycling sets scale pricing and industrial scrap customer formulas on percentages of these categories.  Here is a description of the process of the American Metal Market:

Founded to establish transparency in the metals markets, Fastmarkets AMM set the standard for price reporting over 130 years ago and, in the process, defined the benchmarks widely quoted today. Companies across the globe use our prices to negotiate contracts, purchase materials, understand future raw material costs, estimate project costs in proposals, perform inventory valuations, and create forecast models. Here’s why you should reference Fastmarkets AMM prices in your next report or contract. Learn more about how you can license our price data.

Why reference our scrap metal prices?

Honest principles. Strict adherence to an editorial code of conduct, pricing procedures, and clearly defined methodologies power every price published. These guiding principles lead our reporters to remain the most trusted in the business. Above and beyond our principles, Fastmarkets AMM’s pricing practices align with core IOSCO Principles for Price Reporting Agencies — a set of guidelines and best practices for price reporting promoted by the International Organization of Securities Commissions.

Distinguished price assessment. Pricing is the pinnacle of what we do. The prices we publish are a fair reflection of transaction values in the spot market. We maintain a rich network of contacts and apply a comprehensive price formation process. The assessed prices are not published until they have been peer-reviewed to ensure adherence to methodologies and pricing rigor.

Trusted benchmarks. We excel at assessing metals prices. No other brand offers more metals prices or a deeper price history than Fastmarkets AMM. Hedge financial risk, manage asset recovery, control material costs or negotiate your next contract using our prices. If you’d like to use our pricing and analysis in your contracts, reports, and calculations, you need a data license.

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Fastmarkets AMM publishes more than 1,400 proprietary metal prices including established benchmark prices trusted and used across the metals supply chain. In addition to our proprietary prices, we report on exchange prices for the London Metal Exchange, Nymex, Comex, Nasdaq, and Shanghai futures. (Separate data fees may apply.)

Referencing our pricing ensures continuity, consistency, and transparency in all your financial transactions. Supporting and enforcing our commitment to pricing integrity is an auditable database that allows us to monitor, review and approve every step in the price assessment process. The customer-facing product that resulted from our investment in this system, Price Tracker, is accessible through a license to Fastmarkets AMM pricing.

Sahd Metal Recycling is proud to partner with such a trusted source of pricing, giving our customers the transparency they deserve, building a stronger relationship!

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Contact us with any questions you may have about our services, or visit our guide page if it’s your first time visiting us. We value our customers greatly and are dedicated to giving you the best price possible for your metal. To do this, we frequently update our current scrap metal prices online so you know ahead of time what we will pay. Our promise at Sahd’s is to give you the most transparent pricing and provide excellent service!

The key to getting the best price for your scrap metal is to log onto all local dealers and see what they are paying per pound for metal.  Price comparison can help you to get the best deal for your metal. Our prices are always posted at in order to be as transparent as possible about our services. Feel free to call Shelbie, Mike and Dan at 717-684-8506 and ask for a special rate for quantity, or email pictures to! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about our pricing formulas.

Scrap metal prices can be very volatile or stay consistent for months!  In general steel pricing is set monthly based on the price we get for our scrap from the local steel mills and foundries.  Non-ferrous metal pricing (copper, aluminum, stainless steel, etc) can change daily, based on market conditions. We update our prices each time they change, so whatever is on our website is our current offers. Often customers look up general trends in pricing at for comparison as well.

The scrap metal price we are able to pay is based on the price we can get from the companies we sell to. As a scrap metal processor our role in the recycling process is to accept, sort and clean metals from industry and residents and create truckloads for sale to mills, foundries and other metal consumers for producing ingots, sows and billets of metal for reuse.  

In general outside of some high nickel content stainless steel alloys, carbide and other more rare scrap metals the highest value metal that we recycle is bare brite copper scrap.  Bare brite copper wire is shiny without oxidation or copper pateen and free of it’s rubber insulation and has a hard to bend nature unlike stripped welding lead which is copper hair wire.  Other grades of metal are still very valuable and worth plenty of money but bare brite copper is often considered the top of the grade. 

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