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Birmingham Scrap Metal Prices

Understanding the scrap metal prices in Birmingham is crucial to give an accurate estimate as to the value of your metal haul before driving to your local dealership. Scrap metal prices are broadly similar from city to city in the UK, however, each different pence per KG can make a big difference to the value of your scrap metal when you sell it.

We find that there are two key variables that influence scrap metal prices:

  1. Weight of Scrap Metal
  2. Location

Therefore, we have compiled the latest scrap metal prices in Birmingham for you to make an informed decision on which scrap metal to source and sell. Generally, the most common scrap metal to recycle and sell is Aluminium, Copper, Brass, Steel, Iron, Lead, Batteries, Catalytic Converters, which we have included the prices for below.

The scrap metal prices in Birmingham are priced from a variety of different sources, submissions from scrap metal sellers like yourselves, and from local scrap metal dealers we have contact with. Therefore, the prices of scrap metal in Birmingham may differ in each dealership, but our valuations are averaged out to provide the most accurate general prices for you. As ever, it is also worth taking a look at the LME prices, which will give you an indication of market movements in the general metal prices you will get in Birmingham .

Current Scrap Metal Prices in Birmingham

Birmingham, the workshop of the world remains an industrial city, which from the 16th century has had a thriving metal working industry. Historically, Birmingham’s metal industry was focused on brass, however mass production was also focused on toys made of steel and alloys. Scrap metal has significant demand in Birmingham, as it still remains today a city with manufacturing.  With Jaguar, Rover factories situated, alongside Jewellery Quarter where a large proportion of the UK’s jewellery is produced, scrap metal prices in Birmingham remain strong. The city also has ongoing construction projects, with large apartment complexes, and HS2 driving demand for metal. Therefore, one might expect scrap metal prices to be some of the highest in the UK. However, from discussions with local scrap dealers, there has been a surplus in scrap metal supply as of recent in Birmingham, which has led to marginally reduced scrap metal prices (circa 1% below the national UK scrap metal price average).

Locations in Birmingham where we see scrap metal demand are: Aston, near Landor Street, near Redfern Rd, Stirchley, Saltley, Vauxhall

Prices last updated 20th January, 2021

Metal
Price per Kilo
Bare Bright Copper
£4.00 - £4.42
Copper 1
£3.63 - £4.01
Copper 2
£3.45 - £3.81
Copper Tanks
£3.39 - £3.74
Braziery Copper
£2.93 - £3.24
Insulated Wire 1
£1.62 - £1.79
Insulated Wire 2
£1.22 - £1.35
Aluminium Extruded
£0.83 - £0.92
Aluminium Cast
£0.50 - £0.55
Aluminium Turnings
£0.20 - £0.23
Clean Brass
£2.37 - £2.62
Mixed Brass
£1.99 - £2.20
Stainless Steel 3/6
£0.83 - £0.92
Stainless Steel 18/8
£0.60 - £0.67
Lead
£1.01 - £1.12
PB Battery
£0.42 - £0.47
Electric Motors
£0.26 - £0.29
White Goods
£0.13 - £0.15

Local Scrap Metal Dealerships in Birmingham

Some of the largest dealerships in Birmingham, where you can be sure to get the best scrap metal prices are:

  • One Stop Recycling
    • OneStop Recycling collects both ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal, handling +300,000 tonnes of scrap metal every year
    • Significant demand for scrap metal, which ensures you get the best price for your scrap metal in Birmingham
    • Also buys and sells used plant equipment, including cranes, shears, granulators, shredders, trucks etc.
    • Tel: 0121 753 5771
  • Taroni Metal Recycling
    • Taroni Metal Recycling also buys all ferrous and non-ferrous metals, with a free collection service
    • Guarantees the best prices on scrap metal, even if the volume is not substantial
    • Also buying scrap vehicles: boats, caravans, lorries, cars
    • Tel: 0121 333 3356
  • Bridge Metals Birmingham Ltd
    • Bridge Metals Birmingham is open 6 days a week
    • Although purchasing a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, they focus on the purchase of copper, brass, aluminium, steel
    • Tel: 0121 359 6991
  • ISL Waste Services
    • ISL Waste Services has been running for over 30 years, and is focused on ESG (Environment, Sustainability, Governance) targets with a goal to move to 0% landfill
    • Provides skips, with fast collection of scrap metal which will reduce your costs and drive up the total scrap metal profit
    • Also offers glass and food collection if necessary
    • Tel: 0121 4682 150
  • Stirchley Metals
    • Stirchley Metals offers free estimates, collection and buys and sells all types of metals
    • A slightly newer business, at only 10 years old, with no price guarantee like Taroni
    • Tel: 07950 503 895
  • As ever also check our local scrap metal dealers on Yell and Gumtree, as they may have niche demand for your specific metal haul

What is Scrap Metal?

Scrap metal describes metal products that are no longer needed, which are capable of being recycled. These metal products vary in quality and material, which impacts the supply and demand of the metal products, in turn impacting the price.

It's important to know the worth of scrap metal, as many do not, and regularly throw their computers, wiring, piping, cars, cans, without realising their potential lost gains. The most common forms of scrap metal are Aluminium, Copper, Lead, Iron, Catalytic Converters, Batteries. To dig deeper into the types of scrap metal:

 

Aluminium can be of three different types:

a. Extruded Aluminium

  • - Aluminium extrusion is exactly what the name tells you – it is a form of aluminium which has been extruded/pushed through a mold into a shape
  • It is important to note that the scrap metal price for extruded aluminium is not fixed, as it will depend on the grade of aluminium that it is (5000, 6061, 6063 series)
  • Extruded aluminium forms the market for c.50% of total extruded metal products and so is considerably used.

b. Cast Aluminium

  • Again, these are generally found in molds, but differ in that the aluminium is poured in as molten aluminium
  • This might be seen in outdoor furniture, car parts which are clean, cast grills

c. Aluminium Turnings

  • These are a lower quality form of Aluminium, which are shavings of aluminium which are produced in the manufacturing process
  • Although they do tend to be of a lower quality, there are still variations and so it is important to get a scrap metal price from your local dealer

 


Copper is commonly split into:

a. Bare Bright Copper

  • This is the most expensive form of copper
  • ‘Bare bright’ refers to the metal being uncoated or unalloyed
  • It is always referring to wire or cable, which must be a minimum of a 1/16 inch in diameter
  • This is the highest quality form of copper and so it is copper #1

b. Copper #1

  • This is of the same quality as bare bright copper, and it is also unalloyed and uncoated (also including trace oxidation)
  • However, it also includes copper piping, clippings, bus bars as well as wire

c. Copper #2

  • This is copper which is unalloyed, but can be coated (paint or any other coating other than insulation)
  • 94-96% purity of copper

d. Copper Tanks

  • Copper tankers are essentially boilers, made of copper
  • These are typically the older forms of boilers, and have a pretty sizeable weight of 30kg+, thus making them pretty quick earners. A highly valuable piece to source and sell

e. Braziery Copper

  • This is one of the lowest quality forms of Copper, and can be soldered or painted
  • 95% purity of copper, without any Iron

f. Copper Insulated Wire #1

  • This is Copper wire that is unalloyed, uncoated, and would be Copper #1 without insulation
  • Must be a thickness gauge of +16

g. Copper Insulated Wire #2

  • This is Copper wire that is unalloyed, and would be Copper #2 without insulation
  • Usually, a thickness gauge of -16
  • This wire is typically seen in standard electronic wiring in residential homes

 

Brass can be either

a. Clean Brass

  • Clean brass does not include any other metals or plastics, and so is as the name describes: pure brass
  • However, do not fret: the brass can include certain small %’s of metals as long as they are trace
  • This will greatly determine the value of your brass, and will be determined by your local dealership

b. Mixed Brass

  • Mixed brass is brass containing other metals, glass or plastics

 

Stainless steel is:

a. Stainless Steel 316

  • 316 stainless steel is a highly strong and durable stainless steel material, which is austenitic Chromium and Nickel stainless steel
  • This is similar to the 18/8 stainless steel, but differs in that there is 16% chromium, 10% Nickel and 2% Molybdenum: thus 2% of Molybdenum replaces 2% of the Chromium
  • You’ll normally find this type of metal in food processing machinery, boats, and scientific uses as it is non-reactive to water/moisture

b. Stainless Steel 18/8

  • 18-8 is a grade of stainless steel. The 18 refers to Chromium and the 8 refers to Nickel, so that there is 18% Chromium and 8% Nickel

 

Some miscellaneous scrap metals to consider:

a. Lead

  • Lead has a decent scrap metal value, as it is utilised for a wide variety of applications
  • Lead is still commonly used in construction, plumbing, ammunition
  • Be extra careful! Lead poisoning is a real thing, and so handle lead with care

b. PB Battery

c. Electric Motors

  • Electric motors will be found widely, but most commonly will be seen in washing machines and alternators
  • The prices do vary substantially though based on the metals used to form the electric motor. Whilst they are usually copper, they can also be aluminium

d. White Goods

 

It does not matter the source of these metals, as long as they have been legally acquired, meaning they can be either residentially or commercially sourced. In order to ensure that metals have been legally acquired, the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 was introduced. For sellers, this means that they can no longer sell scrap metal for cash as transactions could not be tracked effectively. Therefore, all sales of scrap metal must be made by bank transfer or by cheque.

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