Scrap Metal Prices UK

Scrap MetalPrice Per KiloPrice Per TonneUpdated
Stainless Steel£0.67£67003/12/2020

Scrap metal prices in the United Kingdom are often difficult to distinguish because they are continually changing based upon the demand in any one city. Often websites report the prices for London alone and ignore the rest of the UK, however in most instances we find that this is a very poor approximation. Scrap metal demand varies based upon local inaccessibility to specific types of metal (e.g. copper), or lack of trade routes to these regions for metal which cannot be mined locally. As a result, we feel that it is important to provide prices for all of the major cities. We have achieved this by contacting a significant number of local scrap yards for each city and averaging their prices, these are then updated daily. Please find the list of cities which we provide prices for in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, below:

Current Scrap Copper Prices UK

Scrap MetalPrice Per KiloPrice Per TonneUpdated
Braziery Copper£3.74£374003/12/2020
Copper Coils£2.15£215003/12/2020
Copper Cutoffs£4.60£460003/12/2020
Copper Cylinders£3.19£319003/12/2020
Copper Tanks£2.61£261003/12/2020
Copper Tubing£2.98£298003/12/2020
Copper Turnings£2.64£264003/12/2020
Copper Wire£4.90£490003/12/2020
Dry Bright Copper£3.48£348003/12/2020
Enameled Copper£1.96£196003/12/2020
Heavy Copper£4.49£449003/12/2020
No.1 Copper£2.54£254003/12/2020
No.2 Copper£3.90£390003/12/2020

Scrap copper is one of the more valuable forms of metal traded with scrap yards or dealers in the UK, despite it being relatively common. The demand for copper is always high and there is not enough of it found naturally in the UK. As a consequence, the prices remain high for large portions of the country throughout the whole year and prices for some high quality copper can exceed £5 per kilo, or £5000 per tonne.

Scrap copper prices are, as you can see from the pricing table above, higher for the cleaner copper variants (copper wire, for example). This is ultimately because the scrap yards will not have to process this metal very much and they can recycle it or sell it off very quickly. What you need to take away from this article is that it is important to remove all unnecessary pieces of metal, plastic or other materials from your scrap copper. If you do this and save the dealer some time, then the fee you will receive will be much higher. We also recommend reading up about the different types of grading that is given to pieces of scrap copper. Some grades are worth considerably more than others and so it is worth seeking this out, this will ensure that you get an optimal amount of money for your scrap copper.

Copper can be found in many different places throughout the household and in many businesses too. The most common locations for finding some is undoubtedly old style boilers. These were almost exclusively made out of copper and so this makes up a large proportion of what is sold as scrap copper today. Other places where you can find copper includes cylinders, fittings, joints, pipes and tanks. Many old pieces of electronic equipment are great places to look for copper; computers, hairdryers, microwaves, heaters and basically anything else too. The hardest bit about selling scrap copper is taking apart the components that have it within them. If you are keen on learning more about scrap copper, click the link below for more information.

Scrap Copper Prices UK

Current Scrap Aluminium Prices UK

Scrap MetalPrice Per KiloPrice Per TonneUpdated
Aluminium Radiators£0.51£51003/12/2020
Aluminum Cable£0.40£40003/12/2020
Aluminum Cans£0.34£34003/12/2020
Aluminum Cuts£0.52£52003/12/2020
Aluminum Extrusions£0.68£68003/12/2020
Aluminum Radiators£0.40£40003/12/2020
Aluminum Rims£0.58£58003/12/2020
Aluminum Shavings£0.89£89003/12/2020
Aluminum Transformers£0.76£76003/12/2020
Aluminum Tubing£0.90£90003/12/2020
Aluminum Turnings£0.55£55003/12/2020
Aluminum Wheels£0.35£35003/12/2020

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 Iron Prices UK

Scrap MetalPrice Per KiloPrice Per TonneUpdated
Cast Iron£0.54£54003/12/2020
Heavy Iron£0.53£53003/12/2020
Iron Cable£0.91£91003/12/2020
Iron Cans£0.21£21003/12/2020
Iron Shearing£0.49£49003/12/2020
Iron Turnings£0.21£21003/12/2020

Scrap iron prices are also fairly low at the moment and haven’t averaged out above the £1 per kilo or £1000 per tonne mark for almost 5 years now. 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. 

Current Scrap Steel Prices UK

Scrap MetalPrice Per KiloPrice Per TonneUpdated
No.1 Steel£2.47£247003/12/2020
No.2 Steel£1.67£167003/12/2020
Steel Beams£2.76£276003/12/2020
Steel Casing£0.85£85003/12/2020
Steel Radiators£1.3£130003/12/2020
Stainless Steel£3.10£310003/12/2020
Steel Turnings£1.43£143003/12/2020
Steel Wire£2.6£260003/12/2020

Scrap 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 steel and stainless steel can be sold for between £1 per kilo and £4 per kilo, with the highest prices coming for things such as sheets and beams. The capacity to make over £3000 per tonne of metal is only possible in a few different types of metals and steel or stainless steel are some of the most profitable forms.

Current Scrap Lead Prices UK

Scrap MetalPrice Per KiloPrice Per TonneUpdated
Lead Piping£1.79£179003/12/2020
Lead Sheets£1.42£142003/12/2020
Lead Wire£2.60£260003/12/2020

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 between £1 and £3 per kilo, this is equivalent to between £1000 and £3000 per tonne.

Current Scrap Bronze Prices UK

Scrap MetalPrice Per KiloPrice Per TonneUpdated
Bronze Ball Bearings£1.11£111003/12/2020
Bronze Boring£1.69£169003/12/2020
Bronze Casing£0.13£13003/12/2020
Bronze Cutoffs£1.24£124003/12/2020
Bronze Shavings£1.73£173003/12/2020

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 £1 and £2 for a kilo of the metal, or £1000 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 Brass Prices UK

Scrap MetalPrice Per KiloPrice Per TonneUpdated
Brass Beams£3.63£363003/12/2020
Brass Borings£1.49£149003/12/2020
Brass Radiators£1.68£168003/12/2020
Brass Rods£3.67£367003/12/2020
Brass Tubing£3.50£350003/12/2020
Brass Turnings£2.68£268003/12/2020
Brass Wiring£3.76£376003/12/2020

Scrap brass is the final metal on our list, this is simply because it is very rare to trade in the UK. Most scrap dealers do not accept it willingly and those that do often offer a low price. Despite this, the information that we gathered showed that the average price in the UK is still quite high, this is due to the rarity of the metal. Scrap brass prices in the UK are often between £3 and £4 for a kilo, or £3000 to £4000 for a tonne.

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.