California Scrap Metal Prices - USA

Selling Scrap in California

The most populated state in the whole of the US, California has over 40 million residence. This makes one the best states for finding and selling scrap metal. Before we go through the best locations that will give you the best scrap metal price in the California, we need to discuss the laws surrounding the buying and selling of scrap metal. Firstly is ID, those selling scrap must present a valid driving license that the scrap yard will need to make a copy. In addition, a record of the car that the seller visits the scrap yard in will be kept by taking the license plate a brief description (make, model, color, etc.). The scrap yard will also need to take fingerprints, normally the right index, photo or video of the seller and any material that they purchase. All this may seem intrusive for the seller; however, it is vital in protecting the market from scrap theft. Scrap yards are legally required to keep records of all purchase for 2 years and law enforcement have the right to inspect these records at any time. Payments will be made via cheque, which can be picked up or sent to the seller home address 3 days after the sale. The final law specific to California and probably the strictest is that law enforcement can force a scrap yard to hold any materials with a value of over $20 for up to 90 days. This is over 10 times longer than most states. The state capitol, Sacramento and its largest city by population Los Angeles are home to over half the states residence.

We will give you a couple recommended scrap yards in each of these cities plus a few other large cities in California. If you need more info on a scrap in California that is closer to you please contact us. The scrap yards in Sacramento that we recommend are Rudy's metals and Junk King Sacramento. In Los Angeles, the most reliable are C & M Metals and Los Angeles Scrap Metal Buyers. For those in the San Diego area we recommend Ekco Metals, SA Recycling and Ecology Recycling. These scrap yards offer great prices and the staff are helpful. If you are in the San Jose are the scrap yards that we recommend are Alco Iron & Metal Company, Sims Metal Management and San Jose Metals Recycling. Each of these scrap yards have great customer service and competitive prices. If you are in the San Francisco are Circosta Iron & Metal Co, A-1 Scrap Metals and GreenWorx. These have the most competitive prices in the San Francisco area. Finally, for those in the Fresno area we recommend Western Metal Co, Bruno's Iron and Metal and Schnitzer Recycling Centre. You will not regret visiting any of the scrap yards that we recommended; all offer the best prices and have helpful staff.

Scrap Metal Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum$1.12
Aluminum Alloy$0.97
Copper$4.45
Brass$3.40
Lead$0.98
Nickel$8.20
Tin$14.89
Zinc$1.36
Steel Scrap$0.23
Steel Rebar$0.32

Last Updated On 2021-06-11

Non Ferrous Scrap Metal Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Scrap #1 Bare Bright Copper Wire$1.47
Scrap #1 Copper Tubing$1.56
Scrap #1 Flashing Copper$3.08
Scrap #2 Copper Tubing$1.25
Scrap #2/3 Mix Copper$3.45
Scrap #3 Copper with Tar$6.87
Scrap #3 Roofing Copper$2.23
Scrap Aluminum Cans$2.28
Scrap Aluminum Copper Radiators$4.36
Scrap Aluminum Siding$3.73
Scrap Aluminum Extrusion$2.96
Scrap Aluminum Extrusion w/ Attachments$4.51
Scrap Aluminum Thermopane$3.31
Scrap Aluminum Copper Cutoffs$2.12
Scrap Aluminum 6061$1.77
Scrap Aluminum 6063$3.87
Scrap Aluminum New Cast$3.09
Scrap Aluminum Old Cast$2.32
Scrap Aluminum Old Sheet$1.63
Scrap Aluminum Wheels Clean$3.54
Scrap Aluminum Wheels w/ Attachments$2.73
Scrap Aluminum Turnings$3.96
Scrap Aluminum Breakage$3.32
Scrap Aluminum Shavings$3.76
Scrap Aluminum Boat$3.41
Scrap Aluminum Bumpers$2.86
Scrap Aluminum Clips$4.87
Scrap Aluminum Copper Coil$3.62
Scrap Aluminum Diesel Tank$2.26
Scrap Aluminum Engine Block$1.28
Scrap Aluminum Litho$3.45
Scrap Aluminum Radiators$2.69
Scrap Aluminum Rims$3.89
Scrap Aluminum Wire$2.32
Scrap Aluminum Transformers$3.28
Scrap Ballasts$4.69
Scrap Brass (Red)$3.34
Scrap Brass (Yellow)$2.89
Scrap Brass Rod$1.12
Scrap Brass Hair Wire$1.11
Scrap Brass Pipe$2.66
Scrap Brass Radiators$2.45
Scrap Brass Shells$2.67
Scrap Brass Turnings$3.23
Scrap Bronze$3.79
Scrap Bronze Turnings$2.64
Scrap Car/Truck Batteries$2.55
Scrap Catalytic Converters$2.69
Scrap Christmas Lights$1.64
Scrap Cast Aluminum$1.53
Scrap Carbide$3.86
Scrap CATV Wire$2.89
Scrap Circuit Breakers$2.54
Scrap Cobalt$3.05
Scrap Communications Wire$2.46
Scrap Compressors$2.41
Scrap Clean ACR$3.39
Scrap Clean Aluminum Wire$3.79
Scrap Dirty ACR$2.49
Scrap Dirty Aluminum Extrusion$2.78
Scrap Dirty Aluminum Radiators$2.86
Scrap Dirty Aluminum Turnings$3.99
Scrap Dirty Brass$1.83
Scrap Dirty Brass Radiators$1.60
Scrap Dirty Roofing Copper$3.79
Scrap Double Insulated Cable$3.30
Scrap EC Wire$2.66
Scrap Electric Motors - Aluminum$2.48
Scrap Electric Motors - Copper$2.58
Scrap Elevator Wire$2.63
Scrap Enameled Copper$2.95
Scrap Forktruck Battery$2.97
Scrap F 75$2.93
Scrap Fire Wire$3.11
Scrap Gold$1.43
Scrap Hastelloy Solids$3.72
Scrap Hastelloy Turnings$2.56
Scrap Heliax Wire$1.65
Scrap Inconel$2.41
Scrap Inconel 792$1.53
Scrap Inconel 800$4.62
Scrap Inconel 825$4.92
Scrap Insulated Aluminum Wire$1.72
Scrap Insulated Copper Wire$1.76
Scrap Insulated Steel BX$2.96
Scrap Lead Batteries$3.87
Scrap Lead Coated Copper$2.56
Scrap Lead Shot$2.12
Scrap Lead Wheel Weights$1.44
Scrap MarM247$1.98
Scrap Monel$1.09
Scrap Nickel$1.81
Scrap Non Magnetic Stainless Steel$2.72
Scrap Painted Aluminum$2.77
Scrap Plumbers Brass$1.67
Scrap Prepared Aluminum$1.00
Scrap Pewter$1.36
Scrap Platinum$4.12
Scrap Romex Wire$2.39
Scrap Sealed Units$5.40
Scrap Silver Plated Copper$2.80
Scrap Semi-Red Brass$3.56
Scrap Silver$3.59
Scrap Solid Core Heliax$3.32
Scrap Stainless Steel$3.95
Scrap Stainless Steel Heatsinks$4.11
Scrap Stainless Steel Sinks$1.50
Scrap Stainless Turnings$3.21
Scrap Starters$1.50
Scrap Steel Case Batteries$2.73
Scrap THHN Wire$2.56
Scrap Tin Coated Copper$2.98
Scrap Tin Insulated Copper Wire$3.10
Scrap Titanium 6-4 Clips$3.12
Scrap T-1,4,5,15$3.74
Scrap Tantalum (Air-Vac melt)$2.98
Scrap Tungsten$3.00
Scrap Tungsten Carbide$3.12
Scrap Wiring Harness$2.16

Scrap Gold Prices

In the table below you'll find today's scrap gold price for the different purities of gold.

MetalPrice per GramPrice per Troy Ounce
9ct Gold$22.03$685.20
14ct Gold$34.37$1,068.95
18ct Gold$44.06$1,370.44
22ct Gold$53.81$1,673.78
24ct Gold$58.74$1,827.05

Scrap Prices for other Precious Metals

Below are today's scrap prices for silver, palladium and platinum.

MetalPrice per GramPrice per Troy Ounce
Palladium$64.66$2,011.27
Platinum$26.70$830.39
Silver$0.73$22.80

Precious metal prices are usually set in troy ounces. One troy ounce (Oz) is equal to around 31.1 grams.

Ferrous Scrap Metal Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Scrap #1 Prepared$3.56
Scrap #2 Prepared$1.88
Scrap #1 Unprepared$3.90
Scrap #2 Unprepared$1.24
Scrap Auto Slabs Whole$1.64
Scrap Busheling$2.85
Scrap Cast Iron$2.11
Scrap Dishwashers$1.31
Scrap Dryers$3.58
Scrap Oversize Torch$2.09
Scrap Rebar$2.63
Scrap Washing Machines$3.48
Scrap Water Heaters$3.51

Scrap Electronics Prices per Pound

ElectronicsPrice Per Pound
Scrap Back PanelsContact local scrap yard
Scrap Cellphones
Scrap Computer Wire
Scrap CPU Chips
Scrap CRT Monitors
Scrap Empty PC Servers
Scrap Graphics Cards
Scrap Hard DrivesContact local scrap yard
Scrap Hard Drive Boards
Scrap Laptops
Scrap LCD Monitors
Scrap Low Grade Boards
Scrap Mainframes
Scrap Memory
Scrap Mice
Scrap MotherboardsContact local scrap yard
Scrap Non-Green PC Boards
Scrap PC Boards
Scrap PC Tower
Scrap Power Supplies
Scrap Printers/Fax Machines
Scrap Servers
Scrap Speakers
Scrap Telecom EquipmentContact local scrap yard