Current Recycling Prices

May 4 2014

Recently reference copper scrap prices are: #1 Bare Bright Wire $2.80/lb.; #1 Copper Tubing/Flashing $2.64 /lb. ; #2 Copper Tubing/ Bus Bar $2.43 /lb. For Ferrous general pricing steel depending on the grade is between $0.07-0.12/lb and Light Iron is around $0.07-$0.08/lb.

Below, we have provided scrap metal prices for copper, steel, aluminum and other metals as well as news on the recycling market, LME, iron ore prices, and other related markets. Please explore the pages of this site for specific metal pricing and information.

here are the current reference scrap metal prices in the United States.


Light Iron $8.30
Heavy Iron $11.10
#1 Busheling $345.00 gt
#1 Baling $295.00 gt
Plate and Struct 2′x 5′ $295.00 gt
Heavy Melt 2′x 5′ $270.00 gt
Heavy Melt scrap (unprep) $230.00 gt
automobiles (must have title) $200.00 gt
Sheet Iron $190.00 gt
#1 Shredder Frag $255.00 gt
Engine Block (clean) $300.00 gt


#1 Copper $2.90
#2 Copper $2.60
Light Copper $1.95
Brass $1.65
Dirty Brass $0.60
Brass Car Rads $0.75
Al Clean $0.50
Al Dirty/Irony $0.15
ACR Clean $1.10
ACR Dirty $0.90
ACR Ends $0.20
Electric Motors $0.15
Lead $0.30
Wheel Weights $0.15


Scrap metal prices vary on a daily basis depending on numerous factors including economics, supply and demand, LME and COMEX.  There are non ferrous metals which include copper, aluminum, brass, bronze and then there are ferrous metals which include iron, HMS, steel.  There are also nickel alloys which include stainless steels, inconel, titanium and other exotic metals.

To ensure you get the best pricing on your scrap metals you can utilize our site as a reference.  Other recycling tips include:

* Always sort your metals – keep non ferrous metals separated from ferrous metals
* Keep your scrap metals clean and free of debris and garbage
* Strip your copper cable – use a copper stripping machine to get the best price for your copper scrap

Steel Scrap Metal Weight per SF

Scrap Steel Plate weight per sf  |  1 lb/ft2 = 4.88 kg/m2
Nominal Size Thickness         Weight
(inches)                      (lb/ft2)

3/16                             7.65
1/4                              10.20
5/16                             12.75
3/8                              15.30
7/16                             17.85
1/2                              20.40
9/16                             22.95
5/8                              25.50
3/4                              30.60
7/8                              35.70
1                                40.80
1 1/4                            51.00
1 1/2                            61.20