Scrap metal prices in Alabama

Scrap Metal Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Alloy$0.61
Steel Scrap$0.15
Steel Rebar$0.23

Scrap Aluminum Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum 1100$0.60
Aluminum 3003$0.60
Aluminum 356 Wheels (clean)$0.60
Aluminum 356 Wheels (dirty)$0.43
Aluminum 5052 Scrap$0.81
Aluminum 6061 Extrusions$0.53
Aluminum 6063 Extrusions$0.71
Aluminum 6063 Extrusions/Fe$0.52
Aluminum/Cu Radiators$1.42
Aluminum/Cu/Fe Radiators$1.31
Aluminum Radiators$0.34
Aluminum/Fe Radiators$0.25
Breakage 50% Recovery$0.19
Chrome Wheels$0.57
E.C. Wire$0.94
Litho Sheets$0.60
Mixed Turnings$0.35
MLC Clips$0.60
Aluminum Old Cast$0.58
Aluminum Old Sheet$0.57
Painted Siding$0.56
Zorba 90% NF$0.57
Aluminum Cans (clean)$0.44
Aluminum Cans (dirty)$0.22

Scrap Brass Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Red Brass$1.62
Yellow Brass$1.53
Brass Rod$1.49
Brass Hair Wire$1.60
Brass Pipe$1.46
Brass Radiators$1.24
Brass Shells$1.38
Brass Turnings$1.41
Bronze Turnings$0.87
Dirty Brass$0.73
Dirty Brass Radiators$0.73
Plumbers Brass$1.46
Semi-Red Brass$1.48

Scrap Copper Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
#1 Bare Bright Copper Wire$2.73
#1 Copper Tubing$2.55
#1 Flashing Copper$2.55
#2 Copper Tubing$2.40
#2/3 Mix Copper$2.33
#3 Copper with Tar$2.18
#3 Roofing Copper$2.26
Dirty Roofing Copper$2.11
Electric Motors – Copper$1.89
Enameled Copper$2.15
Insulated Copper Wire$2.18
Lead Coated Copper$1.84
Silver Plated Copper$2.33
Tin Coated Copper$2.04
Tin Insulated Copper Wire$2.04

Scrap Lead Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Lead Batteries$0.18
Lead Shot$0.40
Lead Wheel Weights$0.26
Solid Lead$0.54
Soft Lead$0.56

Scrap Zinc Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
New Zinc Die Cast$0.61
Old Zinc Die Cast$0.52

Scrap Gold Prices

MetalPrice per GramPrice per Troy Ounce
9ct Gold$18.68$580.99
14ct Gold$29.14$906.35
18ct Gold$37.36$1,161.98
22ct Gold$45.63$1,419.17
24ct Gold$49.81$1,549.18

Scrap Prices for other Precious Metals

MetalPrice per GramPrice per Troy Ounce

Scrap Prices for Steel per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
#1 Bundle$0.08
#1 Busheling$0.08
#1 HMS$0.06
HMS 80/20$0.05
Sheet Metal$0.05
Shredded Auto Scrap$0.06
Structural Steel$0.06

Scrap Prices for Stainless Steel per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
201 SS$0.24
301 SS$0.37
304 SS Solid$0.52
304 SS Turning$0.45
309 SS$0.68
310 SS$1.03
316 SS Solid$0.68
330 SS$1.68

Scrap Prices for other Ferrous Metals per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Scrap #1 Prepared$0.06
Scrap #2 Prepared$0.07
Scrap #1 Unprepared$0.05
Scrap #2 Unprepared$0.05
Scrap Auto Slabs Whole$0.06
Scrap Cast Iron$0.09
Scrap Dishwashers$0.06
Scrap Dryers$0.06
Scrap Oversize Torch$0.08
Scrap Rebar$0.17
Scrap Washing Machines$0.06
Scrap Water Heaters$0.06

Legal Mandates

Updated: January 2014

***Changes effective May 10, 2012

State Requirements

In order to sell scrap metal, sellers will be required to:

         ·            Allow a copy of their driver’s license or state ID card;

         ·            Sign a statement indicating that they are the owner of or are authorized to sell the metal;

         ·            Sign a statement that they have not been convicted of metal theft 

         ·            Allow the buyer to take a thumbprint;

Buyer’s must:

  • Make, model, type of vehicle, and state of issuance and license plate number of sellers vehicle used to transport scrap
  • Keep a record of sellers name, address and date of sale
  • ***A time and date stamped photograph or video of the seller and the material being sold, which clearly shows the sellers face.
  • ***All sales tickets must have date and time of the sale, as well as the name of the clerk completing the sale.
    • Must also show the weight, quantity and/or volume and description of the material.
    • Must show the amount paid for the material.
    • Sales tickets must be signed by the seller.  Seller will receive a copy of the receipt and buyer will retain a copy.
  • Buyer must report purchased vehicle information to NMVTIS
  • Tag and hold policies are in effect

NOTE:  Please be aware of your local ordinances.  Many cities and counties have additional ordinances that may not be listed here.

*Effective March 1, 2013: All secondary metal recyclers must be registered and prepared to submit sales-related information to the statewide database ACJIC by 9:00 p.m. the day of the sale.  Register beginning Jan. 1, 2013 at

Any purchases over the amount of $50 (for copper, air conditioners or parts or catalytic converters) or $500 for all other metals must be paid for with a check which will be mailed to the seller’s home or picked up in person.

Keep records, certifications, registrations, etc. on site for 1 year. 

Scrap recyclers must maintain a record of all purchases for a minimum of one year and is subject to inspection by any law enforcement at any time. There is a 15-day tag-and-hold policy when notified by law enforcement to do so.

It is unlawful to purchase or possess the following materials: any wire, pedestal, or other equipment marked as belonging to any public utility, government entity, railroad, school, graveyard or private business without licensure that they are entitled to sell such materials.

No scrap metal business may purchase or receive beer kegs from anyone except a distributor or manufacturer of beer kegs or licensed brewery.

It is unlawful to purchase catalytic converters unless they are part of entire motor vehicle.

No scrap metal business may enter into a transaction to purchase or receive metallic wire that was burned in whole or in part to remove insulation unless the seller can produce written proof to the scrap metal business that the wire was lawfully burned or lawfully recovered from a burned structure.

***It is unlawful to possess any of the following when it is thought to be stolen: metal property marked with the initials of a company (i.e. wire, cable, beer kegs, manhole covers, etc.), street light poles and fixtures, guard rails, water meter covers, unused/undamaged building materials, grave markers, or condenser coils without proper licensure to do so.

***It is unlawful to purchase any condenser coils without valid HVAC license.

It is unlawful to purchase scrap metals from persons age 18 or younger.

Metals may not be purchased between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

***If the car was made after 1975, a verifiable vehicle title must be signed over.  If no title is available, a replacement title or abandonment title must be applied for.

It is illegal to buy or hold vehicle parts that have had the VIN number removed.

Links to Other Important Information for Alabama Salvage/Recycling

Auto-Parts Salvage/Recycling

         ·            Scrap yard regulations – under Article 1. and,HB278-eng.pdf


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