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Brighton Scrap Metal Prices

There are many places where it is possible for people to buy or sell scrap metal in Brighton and Hove. Most of these locations are scrap yards and scrap metal recycling centres. You can find these outside the city, there aren’t many available close to the centre of the town. There are a few situated to the east of Kemptown and North of Hove. The yards which had Brighton’s highest scrap metal prices were; Geo. E. Richardson & Sons Ltd (53 New England Street – 01273 570246), Aaron Motors (Waldron Place, 3 Waldron Avenue – 07810 436844) and Harpnard Limited (150 Elm Grove – 07787 449399). Most of these locations had scrap copper and aluminium prices far exceeding the local and national average. This makes them prime locations for trading metal locally and so we would highly recommend them to amateur and professional scrappers alike. You can make a living by selling the more commonly sought after materials in Brighton and Hove, it can be difficult to do this in some other regions of the country, particularly the north where there are more scrap recycling centres. Generally, the further south you go (and Brighton is at the southernmost tip of the country), the more viable selling metal to dealers is as a way of life. The metals which tend to fetch the most revenue are aluminium, brass, bronze, copper, iron, lead and a few other types of rarer earth metals. In reality, it’s quite easy to sell any metal variant to a scrap yard and so you should definitely enquire about an items value before discarding it.

Current Scrap Metal Prices in Brighton

Prices last updated 20th January, 2021

Price per Kilo
Bare Bright Copper
£3.98 - £4.40
Copper 1
£3.61 - £3.99
Copper 2
£3.44 - £3.80
Copper Tanks
£3.37 - £3.73
Braziery Copper
£2.92 - £3.23
Insulated Wire 1
£1.62 - £1.79
Insulated Wire 2
£1.22 - £1.34
Aluminium Extruded
£0.83 - £0.91
Aluminium Cast
£0.50 - £0.55
Aluminium Turnings
£0.20 - £0.23
Clean Brass
£2.36 - £2.61
Mixed Brass
£1.98 - £2.19
Stainless Steel 3/6
£0.83 - £0.92
Stainless Steel 18/8
£0.60 - £0.66
£1.01 - £1.11
PB Battery
£0.42 - £0.47
Electric Motors
£0.26 - £0.29
White Goods
£0.13 - £0.15

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.

See also: Scrap Metal Prices in the US

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