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Scrap Metal Prices in the UK [2021 Updated]

Scrap metal prices in the UK differ from city to city, however, we have averaged all of our various sources across different scrap metal dealerships and user submissions to provide you with the below average scrap metal prices in the UK:

Prices last updated 20th January, 2021

Metal
Price per Kilo
Bare Bright Copper
£4.02 - £4.45
Copper 1
£3.65 - £4.03
Copper 2
£3.47 - £3.84
Copper Tanks
£3.41 - £3.77
Braziery Copper
£2.95 - £3.26
Insulated Wire 1
£1.63 - £1.80
Insulated Wire 2
£1.23 - £1.36
Aluminium Extruded
£0.84 - £0.92
Aluminium Cast
£0.50 - £0.55
Aluminium Turnings
£0.21 - £0.23
Clean Brass
£2.39 - £2.64
Mixed Brass
£2.00 - £2.21
Stainless Steel 3/6
£0.84 - £0.92
Stainless Steel 18/8
£0.61 - £0.67
Lead
£1.02 - £1.12
PB Battery
£0.43 - £0.47
Electric Motors
£0.26 - £0.29
White Goods
£0.14 - £0.15

UK Scrap Metal Prices by City

Scrap metal prices in the UK, as mentioned previously, change between cities as they are dependant on local demand and supply. It's expensive to transport large scale quantities of metal, and so your local market is usually your best bet to get the best valuation for your metal haul.

Who's buying your scrap metal? They will be dealers, who are required to be licensed and registered in order to trade scrap metal. Search the register of scrap metal dealers to be certain you are trading with a legal entity - if you can try and ask for their licence number, as dealers tend to be mobile and their addresses can be unreliable.

These dealers in your local area will determine the price of scrap metal you will receive, and in the UK this price will be calculated as a £ per kg in most cases, except where catalytic converters are involved or in some other unique scrap metal cases.  In your local city, you can either opt to trade with individual scrap metal traders who you can find on Yell, or larger companies who you can find on our site under the below city pages.

They will determine their daily prices on a multitude of factors: a. Local Demand and Supply b. Market Trading Prices for the Metals c. If they have treatment facilities for the metal d. Specialisation e. Their own judgement

Let's break down these factors affecting scrap metal prices here:

a. Local Demand and Supply

b. Market Trading Prices for Metals

  • Commodities trading includes the trading of metals which are closely tied to commons crap metal sources. The LME is the international hub for industrial metal trading and you can check the daily metal price updates. This is a great way to understand the specific changes in scrap metal prices in the UK and globally

c. Treatment Facilities for the Scrap Metals

d. Specialisation

  • Different scrap metal dealers focus on different scrap metal materials. One dealer might concentrate on aluminium as they have buyers in Europe with a specific need, whilst another might only purchase aluminium cans. The more your scrap metal matches their specialisation, the higher the price you will get for your scrap metal in the UK!

e. Their Own Judgement

  • Every scrap metal dealer applies their own judgement as to where they believe scrap metal prices in the UK, and globally, will head. Some might also be applying their own competitive pressure on other local dealers. Each way, you'll want to shop around and call a wide variety of dealers. We've seen scrap metal traders in the UK miss out on £10,000s+ due to not considering this. Check out our price averages to know for certain that you're getting a good deal!

Current Scrap Copper Prices UK 2021

Prices last updated 20th January, 2021

Bare Bright Copper

£4.02 - £4.45

per kg

Copper 1

£3.65 - £4.03

per kg

Copper 2

£3.47 - £3.84

per kg

Copper Tanks

£3.41 - £3.77

per kg

Braziery Copper

£2.95 - £3.26

per kg

Insulated Wire 1

£1.63 - £1.80

per kg

Insulated Wire 2

£1.23 - £1.36

per kg

Copper #1 and #2 Scrap Metal Wire Prices
Copper #1 and #2 Scrap Metal
Copper Tanks Scrap Metal
Copper Tanks Scrap Metal Prices UK

Scrap copper tends to have a higher scrap metal price per KG in the UK market. Ranging from £4 per kg,

Current Scrap Aluminium Prices UK 2021

Prices last updated 20th January, 2021

Aluminium Extruded

£0.84 - £0.92

per kg

Aluminium Cast

£0.50 - £0.55

per kg

Aluminium Turnings

£0.21 - £0.23

per kg

Extruded Aluminium Scrap Metal
Extruded Aluminium Scrap Metal
Cast Aluminium Scrap Metal
Cast Aluminium Scrap Metal
Aluminium Turnings Scrap Metal Price
Aluminium Turnings Scrap Metal

Scrap aluminium is relatively cheap compared to some of the other types of scrap metal. Aluminium prices, for most scrap yards in the UK, tend to vary between £0.50 per kilo and £2. This is equivalent to £500 to £2000 per tonne of scrap aluminium. While aluminium is a very commonly used metal in almost all industries, there is no shortage of supply from within the country and via major shipping lanes from Europe and the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the abundance of aluminium has pushed its price right down throughout almost all parts of the UK and this is unlikely to change at any point soon. Over the past 15 years, the price of aluminium has remained relatively stable when taking in to account inflation. Consequently, unless there is suddenly a huge spike in demand for the metal, or a lull in the supply, scrap aluminium prices are likely to remain as they are today.

Scrap aluminium prices, in much the same way as the copper prices described in the previous section, are much higher for the clean variants. Some examples of “clean” aluminium include wire, beams or sheets. If you manage to get your hands on any clean aluminium, make sure that you retain this as it is substantially more valuable than anything which is mixed. Conversely, if you have mixed aluminium, then you should spend some time removing all of the other pieces of scrap from it to boost its price potential. This logic applies to all types of scrap metal, by doing this you can see prices increase by as much as 50% at an average dealer. Aluminium is also graded, however it is not done in the same way as copper, instead it is typically done on a percentage purity basis.

As aluminium and copper are the most commonly recycled pieces of metal, it is very easy to source within the home or in many types of industrial settings too. You will be able to source aluminium for scrapping in the UK from heating or cooling units, natural gas or plumbing pipes, electrical wiring, a wide away of frames (doors or windows) and many more locations too.

Current Scrap Brass Prices UK 2021

Prices last updated 20th January, 2021

Clean Brass

£2.39 - £2.64

per kg

Mixed Brass

£2.00 - £2.21

per kg

Clean and Mixed Brass Scrap Metal
Clean and Mixed Brass Scrap Metal

Scrap brass is another infrequently traded form of scrap metal. In the UK there is sometimes a shortage of the metal and so the prices are known to fluctuate from month to month. As it stands, scrap brass prices are relatively low compared to the other metal types on this page. You can expect to receive anywhere between £2 and £3 for a kilo of the metal, or £2000 to £3000 for a tonne. Most scrap yards in the UK do accept brass, but you will find that the prices between them vary wildly.

Current Scrap Stainless Steel Prices UK 2021

Prices last updated 20th January, 2021

Stainless Steel 316

£0.84 - £0.92

per kg

Stainless Steel 18/8

£0.61 - £0.67

per kg

316 Stainless Steel Scrap Metal
316 Stainless Steel Scrap Metal
18/8 Stainless Steel Scrap Metal
18/8 Stainless Steel Scrap Metal

Scrap stainless steel prices in the UK are often quite strong throughout the year and across the entirety of the country. Obviously, this still depends on the quality of the metal you have to sell, the grading of the steel and what the demand for scrap steel is in your local area. Often stainless steel can be sold for between £0.60 per kilo and £1 per kilo, with the highest prices coming for things such as sheets and beams. Stainless steel is one of the most profitable forms of metal.

Current Scrap Lead Prices UK 2021

Prices last updated 20th January, 2021

Lead

£1.02 - £1.12

per kg

Lead Scrap Metal
Lead Scrap Metal

Scrap lead is a much rarer type of scrap metal and so the prices for it are quite strong in the UK. You will find that it's quite difficult to source lead anywhere in the house, or actually in most industries too. There are a few places where you can readily find lead are in certain types of piping, wires or sheets. Other items which contain large quantities of lead include batteries, however it can be fairly difficult to extract the metal from these and so we do not recommend it. Scrap lead prices in the UK are often around £1-£1.15 kilo, this is equivalent to between £1,000 and £1,150 per tonne.

Current Scrap Iron Prices UK 2021

Iron Scrap Metal
Iron Scrap Metal

Scrap iron prices are also fairly low at the moment. The cause of this price recession for the metal is unknown, however it is likely due to either a drop in demand or increase in supply. In all of the scrap yards across the country, only a small handful were actively seeking out additional supplies of iron for their manufacturers.

Scrap Metal Prices FAQ

What are the current prices of scrap metal?

This is an incredibly difficult question to answer with any degree of certainty as the UK’s scrap metal prices are always evolving. Our recommendation to you is to follow the link through to the page on our website which provides pricing tables for the city closest to your location. This will give you an idea of the prices for each type of metal in your area, however even these are liable to change at a moment’s notice. The prices of scrap metals are driven by demand, this is ultimately set by the needs of businesses who purchase metal from the scrap yards.

Will scrap metal prices increase this year?

Again, it is very difficult for us to predict whether or not prices will increase or decrease on a daily, monthly or yearly basis. Generally, for most forms of scrap metal in the UK, we have seen prices increase over the past ten years. However, given the relatively unstable political climate right now, it is increasingly challenging to make these predictions.

What are the different varieties of scrap metal?

As mentioned previously, there are a number of different types of scrap metal which are frequently traded in the UK. These are a combination of ferrous (containing iron) and non-ferrous metals (not containing iron):

What are the different scrap metal grades?

Every type of metal has a different way of being graded, however the concept for how each of them is graded is broadly the same. The different grades (for example: 1, 2 and 3 for copper) each correspond to a different purity level. In all instances, the more pure the scrap metal in question, the more it is valued by scrap metal recycling facilities, yards or dealers in the UK.

How can I find the best scrap yards near me?

The best way to find scrap yards in the UK is to use the links situated towards the top of this page. These links will help you identify all of the scrap yards and scrap dealers closest to you. Additionally, it will also show you what the prices these dealers are purchasing each type of scrap metal for. This is the most important bit of information as the best dealer is often equivalent to the one giving the best price for scrap, and this changes frequently.

What are the benefits of recycling scrap metal

Aside from the obvious benefits in the form of additional money to play around with or to save. There are actually a whole host of other benefits that scrap metal recycling can deliver. Firstly, it is one of the best ways to stop unnecessary pollution of the environment, as recycling and re-purposing metal is considerably less polluting and damaging than creating products from newly mined metal.

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