Texas TX scrap metal prices

Best scrap yards in Texas, and we can strongly recommend TEXAS BEST RECYCLING, located on 19926 TX-35, Alvin, TX 77511, United States. Here you will get good prices for scrap metal, various categories of scrap – household, industrial, construction. The other yard is Scrapworks Recycling, scrap yard located, 2901 W Farm to Market Rd 365, Port Arthur, TX 77640, United States.

You can hand over scrap metal of any type and volume: alloys, non-ferrous and ferrous metals, cars, batteries, cables, etc.

Scrap Metal Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Alloy$0.64
Steel Scrap$0.15
Steel Rebar$0.23

Scrap Aluminum Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum 1100$0.63
Aluminum 3003$0.63
Aluminum 356 Wheels (clean)$0.63
Aluminum 356 Wheels (dirty)$0.45
Aluminum 5052 Scrap$0.85
Aluminum 6061 Extrusions$0.55
Aluminum 6063 Extrusions$0.74
Aluminum 6063 Extrusions/Fe$0.54
Aluminum/Cu Radiators$1.47
Aluminum/Cu/Fe Radiators$1.36
Aluminum Radiators$0.35
Aluminum/Fe Radiators$0.26
Breakage 50% Recovery$0.20
Chrome Wheels$0.59
E.C. Wire$0.97
Litho Sheets$0.63
Mixed Turnings$0.36
MLC Clips$0.62
Aluminum Old Cast$0.60
Aluminum Old Sheet$0.59
Painted Siding$0.58
Zorba 90% NF$0.59
Aluminum Cans (clean)$0.45
Aluminum Cans (dirty)$0.23

Scrap Brass Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Red Brass$1.71
Yellow Brass$1.61
Brass Rod$1.57
Brass Hair Wire$1.69
Brass Pipe$1.54
Brass Radiators$1.31
Brass Shells$1.45
Brass Turnings$1.48
Bronze Turnings$0.92
Dirty Brass$0.77
Dirty Brass Radiators$0.77
Plumbers Brass$1.54
Semi-Red Brass$1.56

Scrap Copper Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
#1 Bare Bright Copper Wire$2.89
#1 Copper Tubing$2.70
#1 Flashing Copper$2.70
#2 Copper Tubing$2.54
#2/3 Mix Copper$2.46
#3 Copper with Tar$2.31
#3 Roofing Copper$2.39
Dirty Roofing Copper$2.23
Electric Motors – Copper$2.00
Enameled Copper$2.27
Insulated Copper Wire$2.31
Lead Coated Copper$1.95
Silver Plated Copper$2.46
Tin Coated Copper$2.16
Tin Insulated Copper Wire$2.16

Scrap Lead Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Lead Batteries$0.18
Lead Shot$0.41
Lead Wheel Weights$0.26
Solid Lead$0.55
Soft Lead$0.56

Scrap Zinc Prices per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
New Zinc Die Cast$0.63
Old Zinc Die Cast$0.54

Scrap Gold Prices

MetalPrice per GramPrice per Troy Ounce
9ct Gold$20.50$637.59
14ct Gold$31.98$994.62
18ct Gold$41.00$1,275.14
22ct Gold$50.07$1,557.40
24ct Gold$54.66$1,700.04

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$0.09
#1 HMS$0.06
HMS 80/20$0.05
Sheet Metal$0.05
Shredded Auto Scrap$0.07
Structural Steel$0.06

Scrap Prices for Stainless Steel per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
201 SS$0.25
301 SS$0.38
304 SS Solid$0.54
304 SS Turning$0.47
309 SS$0.70
310 SS$1.07
316 SS Solid$0.70
330 SS$1.74

Scrap Prices for other Ferrous Metals per Pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Scrap #1 Prepared$0.07
Scrap #2 Prepared$0.07
Scrap #1 Unprepared$0.05
Scrap #2 Unprepared$0.06
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$0.18
Scrap Washing Machines$0.06
Scrap Water Heaters$0.06

Texas Scrap Metal Laws

Updated January 2014

State Requirements

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

         ·            Present and allow a photocopy of a driver’s license, military ID or state ID card;

         ·            Present and allow a photocopy of HVAC or Contractors license to be kept on file (if applicable);

         ·            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;

         ·            Provide a right thumbprint to be kept on file.

Buyer’s must:

  • Record vehicle make, model and license plate number (including issuing state) of sellers vehicle used to transport scrap
  • Keep a record of sellers name, address, phone number and date of sale
  • Keep a photograph (keep on file for 181 days) or video (keep on file for 91 days) of the sellers face and materials being sold
  • All sales tickets must have date and time of the sale, as well as the name of the clerk completing the sale and address including county of the scrap yard.
    • Must also show the type of metal, weight, quantity and/or volume of the material
    • Sales tickets must show dollar amount paid to seller.
    • 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

         ·            There is a tag-and-hold policy on all materials for a period of 3 days

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

Keep records, certifications, registrations, etc. on site for 3 years.

Scrap recyclers must maintain a record of all purchases for a minimum of two years and is subject to inspection by any law enforcement at any time. There is a tag-and-hold policy on all materials for a period of 3 days, which may be extended to 60 days by law enforcement if the item is suspected of being unlawfully obtained. 

If a metal recycling entity purchases bronze material that is a cemetery vase, receptacle, memorial, or statuary or a pipe that can reasonably be identified as aluminum irrigation pipe, the entity shall notify the department of the purchase by the close of the business day via program’s website.  These materials must be held for a period of 7 days.  All other materials must be reported to law enforcement within 2 business days.

It is unlawful to purchase the following regulated materials without express written proof that the seller is legally permitted to sell such items.  All purchases of the following materials must be reported to local law enforcement within 7 days:  Manhole covers, road and bridge guard rails, metal cylinders that contain(ed) gasses or oxygen, historical markers, grave markers and vases, any scrap metal marked as belonging to a public utility or private business, street light poles and fixtures, traffic or street signs or signals, water meter covers, safes, communication wire or cable, railroad equipment, and catalytic converters not attached to a vehicle.

No recycler, scrap metal dealer, or scrap yard operator may purchase any metal beer keg, whether damaged or undamaged, except from the brewer or its authorized representative, if: (1) The keg is clearly marked as the property of a brewery manufacturer; or (2) The keg’s identification markings have been made illegible

It is unlawful to purchase air conditioner coils or condensers from anyone who is not HVAC certified and legally permitted to sell such items.  Proof of licensure must be kept on file.  Payment must be made by check and sent to the business address.  If seller is a private citizen, they must provide a bill, receipt or other documentation that the person purchased the coils/condensers or that they purchased a replacement central air/air conditioning unit.

It is unlawful to purchase any wire that has been burned, melted or smelted without documentation that the wire was destroyed in a fire.

All regulated metal must be held for a period of 72 hours before disposal, processing, sale or removal.

All scrap metal dealers/recyclers must send a daily log of activities electronically by the end of the next business day (unless the material purchased was a cemetery marker or vase, or an irrigation pipe, those items must be reported on the same day of purchase.  These items must also be held for a period of 8 days before recycling/destroying).  

Only registered dealers can make cash payments.

Links to Other Important Information for Texas Salvage/Recycling

Auto-Parts Salvage/Recycling

·         Tires – http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/compliance/tires/recycling.html

·         State EPA on scrap – http://www.tceq.texas.gov/assistance/industry/auto/salvage.html

·         State laws on scrap yards –http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/pdf/SB00694F.pdf#navpanes=0

o   http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/RSD/metalsRegistration/recordsRetained.htm

o    DPS Sign Up Process: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DpsWebsite/Metals/Documents/MetalsUserGuide.pdf

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