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Metal List with Glossary of Common Scrap Metals

Get a visual understanding of all the various metals and materials available for scrapping. Choose between Non-Ferrous, Ferrous and Electronic Metals. We make it easy!

Picture of #1 Bare Bright Copper Wire

#1 Bare Bright Copper Wire

Bare, uncoated, unalloyed copper wire free of attachments. All the insulation has been removed from the wire and it is free of solder and paint.

Picture of #1 Copper Tubing

#1 Copper Tubing

Bare, uncoated, unalloyed copper bus bar/pipe free of attachments.

Picture of #1 Flashing Copper

#1 Flashing Copper

Bare, uncoated, unalloyed copper bus bar/pipe free of attachments.

Picture of #2 Copper Tubing

#2 Copper Tubing

Burnt copper wire, copper with light tin coating or solder.

Picture of #2/3 Mix Copper

#2/3 Mix Copper

When Copper Tubing and Roofing Copper are mixed together instead of separated.

Picture of #3 Roofing Copper

#3 Roofing Copper

Roofing/gutter/flashing copper with little tar or attachments.

Picture of #3 with Tar

#3 with Tar

Roofing copper with heavy tar, wood, or attachments.

Picture of 17-4 Stainless Steel

17-4 Stainless Steel

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of 300 Series Stainless Steel

300 Series Stainless Steel

Most common form of Stainless Steel, will not stick to a magnet.

Picture of 304 Stainless Steel

304 Stainless Steel

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of 310 Stainless Steel

310 Stainless Steel

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of 316 Stainless Steel

316 Stainless Steel

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of 321 Stainless Steel

321 Stainless Steel

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of 400 Series Stainless Steel

400 Series Stainless Steel

Contains no nickel and is magnetic.

Picture of 500/750 Insulated Cable

500/750 Insulated Cable

Insulated Copper Cable with rubber jacket.

Picture of ACR

ACR

Free of brass/iron/plastic.

Picture of ACR Ends

ACR Ends

Ends from the ACR/Copper Fins, usually contain iron or steel.

Picture of AL Extrusion

AL Extrusion

Must not contain other alloys of aluminum and be free of zinc corners, iron attachments, felt, plastic, paper, cardboard, and thermo break.

Picture of AL Thermopane

AL Thermopane

Aluminum with plastic insulated running through the middle.

Picture of AL/ Copper Rads w/Iron

AL/ Copper Rads w/Iron

Plastic/iron/steel attached.

Picture of AL/Copper Cutoffs

AL/Copper Cutoffs

Ends from the ACR/Copper Fins, usually contain iron or steel.

Picture of Alternators

Alternators

Found in cars, trucks, and other vehicles, they are filled with wound copper wire.

Picture of Aluminum 6061

Aluminum 6061

Clean cutoff 6061 material.

Picture of Aluminum 6063

Aluminum 6063

Clean cutoff 6063 material.

Picture of Aluminum Boat

Aluminum Boat

Many boats will have wood, debris, foam, or other contaminants in them. It is recommended you clean out all non-aluminum items to maximize your returns.

Picture of Aluminum Bumpers

Aluminum Bumpers

No plastic/foam/steel attached.

Picture of Aluminum Cans

Aluminum Cans

Free of foil/tin/plastic/liquid/ garbage/etc. Can be crushed or whole.

Picture of Aluminum Clips

Aluminum Clips

Clean cutoff 6061 material.

Picture of Aluminum Copper Coil

Aluminum Copper Coil

Free of steel, rubber, plastic, generally from air conditioning units.

Picture of Aluminum Copper Radiators

Aluminum Copper Radiators

Free of brass/iron/plastic.

Picture of Aluminum Diesel Tank

Aluminum Diesel Tank

The fuel tanks off of diesel trucks, make sure that there is a hole cut in it and that it was drained correctly.

Picture of Aluminum Engine Block

Aluminum Engine Block

From cars, trucks, other vehicles, make sure that they are free of oil and remove plastic attachments.

Picture of Aluminum Litho

Aluminum Litho

No paper/plastic/ink or other contaminants.

Picture of Aluminum Radiators

Aluminum Radiators

Auto radiators free of steel/plastic/liquid.

Picture of Aluminum Rims

Aluminum Rims

Free of rubber tire/dirt/attachments. Free of Lead Wheel Weights.

Picture of Aluminum Scrap

Aluminum Scrap

Aluminum Scrap: Many variations of aluminum, ask scrap yard.

Picture of Aluminum Siding

Aluminum Siding

Clean of plastic coating/foam/dirt/steel.

Picture of Aluminum Thermo-pane/break

Aluminum Thermo-pane/break

Aluminum with plastic insulated running through the middle.

Picture of Aluminum Thermopane/break

Aluminum Thermopane/break

Aluminum with plastic insulated running through the middle.

Picture of Aluminum Transformers

Aluminum Transformers

Has a steel core with aluminum windings surrounding it. Could have an outer case surrounding the aluminum as well.

Picture of Aluminum Turnings

Aluminum Turnings

The excess from machine cut aluminum free of oil or steel.

Picture of Aluminum Wire w/Steel

Aluminum Wire w/Steel

Clean aluminum wire can sometimes have a steel core going through or around it. Use your magnet to find out.

Picture of Ballasts

Ballasts

Consist of copper inside of them, found in lighting fixtures.

Picture of Bare Bright Copper

Bare Bright Copper

Bare, uncoated, unalloyed copper wire free of attachments.

Picture of Brass

Brass

Mixed Brass castings, taps, valves, rod brass, chrome plated brass.

Picture of Brass Hair Wire

Brass Hair Wire

Brass wire, zinc plated or clean, from EDM machine.

Picture of Brass Pipe

Brass Pipe

Free of solder/cast iron connections/free of sediment inside.

Picture of Brass Radiators

Brass Radiators

Free of steel sides and no coolant inside.

Picture of Brass Scrap

Brass Scrap

Many variations of copper, ask scrap yard.

Picture of Brass Shells

Brass Shells

Little plastic/dirt/steel attached or residue inside w/out primers.

Picture of Brass Turnings

Brass Turnings

The excess from machine cut brass free of oil or steel.

Picture of Bronze

Bronze

Free of high lead contamination or steel.

Picture of Bronze Turnings

Bronze Turnings

The excess from machine cut bronze, free of oil or steel.

Picture of Burnt Copper

Burnt Copper

Copper wire that has been burnt and has residue/contamination.

Picture of Car/Truck Batteries

Car/Truck Batteries

No holes, battery intact.

Picture of Carbide

Carbide

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Cast Aluminum

Cast Aluminum

Clean casted aluminum without steel/rubber/attachments.

Picture of Catalytic Converters

Catalytic Converters

Must have both ends of exhaust cut off so scrap yard can see inside.

Picture of CATV Wire

CATV Wire

Must be separated white from black.

Picture of Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Separate these from other wire due to the higher plastic content from the bulbs and other insulation.

Picture of Circuit Breakers

Circuit Breakers

Many scrap yards will buy these as low bearing copper material.

Picture of Clean ACR

Clean ACR

Free of brass/iron/plastic.

Picture of Clean AL Wire

Clean AL Wire

Free of steel, plastic, rubber.

Picture of Clean AL/Copper Fin

Clean AL/Copper Fin

Free of brass/iron/plastic.

Picture of Clean Brass Radiators

Clean Brass Radiators

Free of steel sides and no coolant inside.

Picture of Clean Brass Turnings

Clean Brass Turnings

No aluminum/steel mixed in, free of oil.

Picture of Clean Roofing Copper

Clean Roofing Copper

Roofing/gutter/flashing copper with no tar or attachments.

Picture of Cobalt

Cobalt

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Communications Wire

Communications Wire

CAT 5/6, Data wire, Insulated copper with plastic.

Picture of Composition Scrap

Composition Scrap

Red Brass free of high lead contamination or steel.

Picture of Compressors

Compressors

Drained from oil/fluids from AC Units/Cooling Units.

Picture of Copper Scrap

Copper Scrap

Many variations of copper, ask scrap yard.

Picture of Copper Transformers

Copper Transformers

Has a steel core with copper windings surrounding it. Could have an outer case surrounding the copper as well.

Picture of Copper Turnings

Copper Turnings

No aluminum/steel mixed in, free of oil.

Picture of Die Cast

Die Cast

Free of steel/iron/platic and melted pieces.

Picture of Dirty ACR

Dirty ACR

Plastic/iron/steel attached.

Picture of Dirty AL Extrusion

Dirty AL Extrusion

Dirty aluminum with plastic, rubber, contaminants on or as part of it.

Picture of Dirty AL Radiators

Dirty AL Radiators

Auto radiators with steel/plastic (no liquids).

Picture of Dirty AL/Copper Fin

Dirty AL/Copper Fin

Plastic/iron/steel attached.

Picture of Dirty Aluminum Turnings

Dirty Aluminum Turnings

Containing traces of steel or oil.

Picture of Dirty Brass

Dirty Brass

Contaminated with heavy iron, castings, plastic.

Picture of Dirty Brass Radiators

Dirty Brass Radiators

Plastic or iron attached to radiators (no coolant).

Picture of Dirty Roofing Copper

Dirty Roofing Copper

Roofing copper with heavy tar, wood, or attachments.

Picture of Double Insulated Cable

Double Insulated Cable

Used in many high voltage situations to ensure that copper is protected due to heavy electrical current.

Picture of EC Wire

EC Wire

Free of steel, plastic, rubber.

Picture of Electric Motors (Aluminum)

Electric Motors (Aluminum)

Whole motor without heavy steel attachments (pumps, bases, loose iron).

Picture of Electric Motors (Copper)

Electric Motors (Copper)

Whole motor without heavy steel attachments (pumps, bases, loose iron).

Picture of Elevator Wire

Elevator Wire

Insulated copper wire used in powering and running elevators, this will have a heavy cloth insulation as well as a steel core.

Picture of Enameled Copper

Enameled Copper

Coated copper, similar to a dirty copper pipe.

Picture of F 75

F 75

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Fire Wire

Fire Wire

Used for running fire alarm systems.

Picture of Forktruck Battery

Forktruck Battery

Steel encased lead acid batteries, they will be bought for less than a normal car battery price.

Picture of FSX 414

FSX 414

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Fuses

Fuses

Many scrap yards will buy these as low bearing copper material.

Picture of Gold

Gold

Please call dealer for their description on buying gold scrap. Most will require State ID.

Picture of Hastelloy Solids

Hastelloy Solids

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Hastelloy Turnings

Hastelloy Turnings

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Heliax Wire

Heliax Wire

Cell Phone Wire, several kinds, contact your yard to explain which you have.

Picture of High Speed Steel

High Speed Steel

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Housewire

Housewire

Romex, CAT 5/6, Aluminum Jacketed BX w/copper inside, and other insulated wire.

Picture of Inconel

Inconel

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Inconel 792

Inconel 792

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Inconel 800

Inconel 800

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Inconel 825

Inconel 825

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Insulated Aluminum Wire

Insulated Aluminum Wire

AL Wire covered by jacket free of steel.

Picture of Insulated Copper Cable

Insulated Copper Cable

Copper cable with heavier jacket or coating.

Picture of Insulated Copper Wire

Insulated Copper Wire

Romex, CAT 5/6, Aluminum Jacketed BX w/copper inside.

Picture of Insulated Steel BX

Insulated Steel BX

Steel clad jacket with copper wire inside.

Picture of Invar

Invar

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Junkshop Extrusion

Junkshop Extrusion

An extrusion, painted or not, containing no more than 3% iron.

Picture of Kovar

Kovar

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Lead

Lead

Soft Scrap lead with no steel/foil/paper/brass or attachments.

Picture of Lead Batteries

Lead Batteries

No holes, battery intact.

Picture of Lead Coated Copper

Lead Coated Copper

Roofing Copper/Bus bar with lead coating.

Picture of Lead Shot

Lead Shot

Lead from bullets.

Picture of Lead Wheel Weights

Lead Wheel Weights

No iron clips attached.

Picture of Light Copper

Light Copper

Roofing/gutter/flashing copper with little tar or attachments.

Picture of MarM247

MarM247

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Monel

Monel

Must be analyzed and be free of attachments.

Picture of Ni-Cad Batteries

Ni-Cad Batteries

Non broken and no holes.

Picture of Nickel

Nickel

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Non Magnetic Stainless Steel

Non Magnetic Stainless Steel

Must not stick to a magnet, have steel or other items attached.

Picture of Old Sheet Aluminum

Old Sheet Aluminum

No plastic/steel/glass/dirt on the material.

Picture of Painted Aluminum

Painted Aluminum

Window Frame, AL Siding, that has been painted.

Picture of Pewter

Pewter

With many types and grades of pewter, most scrap yards will have to analyze it before giving you a price.

Picture of Platinum

Platinum

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Plumbers Brass

Plumbers Brass

Mixed Brass castings, taps, valves, rod brass, chrome plated brass.

Picture of Prepared Aluminum

Prepared Aluminum

No dirt/steel/attachments.

Picture of Red Brass

Red Brass

Free of high lead contamination or steel.

Picture of Rod Brass

Rod Brass

Cutoffs from machine shops and new brass production.

Picture of Rod Brass Turnings

Rod Brass Turnings

The excess from machine cut brass free of oil or steel.

Picture of Romex Wire

Romex Wire

Most common in homes, has two jackets on the copper.

Picture of Sealed Units

Sealed Units

Drained from oil/fluids from AC Units/Cooling Units.

Picture of Semi-Red Brass

Semi-Red Brass

A good example is a water meter, ask your scrap yard for their classification.

Picture of Sheet Aluminum

Sheet Aluminum

No plastic/steel/glass/dirt on the material.

Picture of Silver

Silver

Please call dealer for their description on buying silver scrap. Most will require State ID.

Picture of Silver Plated Copper

Silver Plated Copper

Copper with a small amount of silver as the coating.

Picture of Solid Core Heliax

Solid Core Heliax

Used in cell phone systems, they have a solid aluminum core running through them along with copper on the outside.

Picture of Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Must not stick to a magnet, have steel or other items attached.

Picture of Stainless Steel Heatsinks

Stainless Steel Heatsinks

Used in computers to cool them, they are often grouped in with aluminum copper radiators.

Picture of Stainless Steel Kegs

Stainless Steel Kegs

Many states will not let you scrap these, so check with your local laws before trying to scrap them. Make sure that they are empty before scrapping them.

Picture of Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless Steel Sinks

Most sinks will have a steel ring going around the bottom and will be bought lower than clean stainless.

Picture of Stainless Turnings

Stainless Turnings

The excess from machine cut stainless steel free of oil or steel.

Picture of Starters

Starters

Found in cars, trucks, and other vehicles, they are filled with wound copper wire.

Picture of Steel BX

Steel BX

Steel clad jacket with copper wire inside.

Picture of THHN Wire

THHN Wire

10-14 gage wire, Spaghetti Wire, Solid copper inside.

Picture of Tin

Tin

Must be analyzed and have no attachments.

Picture of Tin Coated Copper

Tin Coated Copper

Copper with a small amount of tin as the coating.

Picture of Tin Insulated Copper Wire

Tin Insulated Copper Wire

Tin Coated copper with insulation of any kind.

Picture of Unclean Brass Radiators

Unclean Brass Radiators

Plastic or iron attached to radiators (no coolant).

Picture of Wire Scrap

Wire Scrap

Many variations of copper, ask scrap yard.

Picture of Wiring Harness

Wiring Harness

Wires inside of a heavy plastic from cars.

Picture of Yellow Brass

Yellow Brass

Mixed Brass castings, taps, valves, rod brass, chrome plated brass.

Picture of Zinc

Zinc

Pure Zinc without any foreign material.

Picture of #1 Heavy Melting Steel

#1 Heavy Melting Steel

Prepared pieces smaller than 60”x 24” over ¼“ thick.

Picture of #1 HMS

#1 HMS

Prepared pieces smaller than 60”x 24” over ¼“ thick.

Picture of #1 Prepared

#1 Prepared

Prepared scrap steel smaller than 5 ft by 2 ft and with a heavy gauge of ¼ inch or more.

Picture of #1 Steel

#1 Steel

Prepared pieces smaller than 60”x 24” over ¼“ thick.

Picture of #2 Heavy Melting Steel

#2 Heavy Melting Steel

Black pipe, longer unprepared pieces of #1 HMS.

Picture of #2 HMS

#2 HMS

Scrap Steel with a lighter gauge and cannot include Light Iron or Sheet Metal.

Picture of #2 Prepared

#2 Prepared

Scrap Steel with a lighter gauge and cannot include Light Iron or Sheet Metal.

Picture of Automobiles

Automobiles

Scrap Autos are to be prepared by a licensed “auto recycler,” once processed free of gas tank, fluids, and battery it is densified or “crushed” for transportation purposes.

Picture of Busheling

Busheling

Unpainted, new production scrap smaller than 12” and nothing coated on, no rust, or paint.

Picture of Car w/Tires

Car w/Tires

Ask dealer.

Picture of Cast Iron

Cast Iron

Coil or old water piping, castings or plates from machinery.

Picture of Crushed Cars

Crushed Cars

Scrap Autos are to be prepared by a licensed “auto recycler,” once processed free of gas tank, fluids, and battery it is densified or “crushed” for transportation purposes.

Picture of Dishwashers

Dishwashers

Could be sold as is for scrap.

Picture of Dry Automobile

Dry Automobile

Vehicle is drained of all fluids and the tires/wheels have been removed.

Picture of Dryers

Dryers

Could be sold as-is for scrap.

Picture of Light Iron

Light Iron

Household appliances (“white” goods), hot water heaters, and misc sheet steel.

Picture of Machine Shop Turning/Iron Borings

Machine Shop Turning/Iron Borings

Unpainted, new production scrap smaller than 12" and nothing coated on.

Picture of Plate & Structural Steel

Plate & Structural Steel

Prepared I-Beams, channels, angles and/or plates, steel gerters, and structural steel from demolition scrap. Clean/dry plate- not to be over 24” wide and 36-60” in lengeth depending on a “3 foot” or “5 foot” specification.

Picture of Refrigerators

Refrigerators

Could be sold as-is for scrap.

Picture of Scrap Iron

Scrap Iron

All scrap ferrous materials, light or heavy in gauge, free of glass/plastics/debris & contamination.

Picture of Sheet Iron

Sheet Iron

Household appliances (“white” goods), hot water heaters, and misc sheet steel.

Picture of Unprepared Cast Iron

Unprepared Cast Iron

Assorted iron castings.

Picture of Unprepared HMS

Unprepared HMS

Black pipe, longer unprepared pieces of HMS.

Picture of Unprepared P&S

Unprepared P&S

Beam (I-Beams), channels, angles and/or plates, steel gerters, and structural steel from demolitition scrap. Material is over 36-60” in length dpending on a “3 or 5 foot” specification.

Picture of Washing Machines

Washing Machines

Could be sold as-is for scrap.

Picture of Water Heaters

Water Heaters

Could be sold as-is for scrap.

Picture of Wet Automobile

Wet Automobile

Has fluids & tires still attached to the vehicles.

Picture of Back Panels

Back Panels

Where many boards connect to higher precious metals.

Picture of Backup Batteries

Backup Batteries

Also known as UPS’, these systems are what you plug your computers and other networking gear into so you can prevent power surges.

Picture of Cellphones

Cellphones

Old cell phones with/without batteries attached.

Picture of Computer Wire

Computer Wire

Wire from PC's, networking, and servers.

Picture of CPU Chips

CPU Chips

The “brain” of the computer.

Picture of CRT

CRT

Intact screen, not broken, generally costs money to recycle.

Picture of Empty PC Servers

Empty PC Servers

After many of the networking boards are removed, these will remain and can be sold for some of the gold boards still attached.

Picture of Hard Drive Boards

Hard Drive Boards

The boards off of the hard drives, while small, can be worth more than normal motherboards.

Picture of Hard Drives

Hard Drives

Where the content is stored.

Picture of Hard Drives without Boards

Hard Drives without Boards

These will be worth much less than normal hard drives, many scrap yards might buy them as a dirty aluminum.

Picture of Ink Cartridges

Ink Cartridges

Ask dealer.

Picture of Keyboards

Keyboards

Ask dealer.

Picture of Laptops

Laptops

Old laptops with/without battery is buyers preference.

Picture of LCD Monitors (not working)

LCD Monitors (not working)

Intact screen, not broken, generally costs money to recycle.

Picture of LCD Monitors (working)

LCD Monitors (working)

Intact screen, not broken, generally costs money to recycle.

Picture of Low Grade Boards

Low Grade Boards

From household electronics, little metal.

Picture of Mainframes

Mainframes

Massive computer storage unit with hard drives, power supplies, PC boards & generally all in a large case.

Picture of Memory

Memory

Used to store data.

Picture of Mice

Mice

Ask dealer.

Picture of Non-Green PC Board

Non-Green PC Board

Found in many newer computers, make sure that they have aluminum heatsinks and other attachments removed.

Picture of PC Board with Steel

PC Board with Steel

Many PC boards will have a steel plate, if you sell them as is, be prepared to get a much lower price.

Picture of PC Boards

PC Boards

Holds crucial components and connects all the pieces.

Picture of PC Tower

PC Tower

Towers must be intact with motherboard, power supply, hard drive, and all other components inside.

Picture of Power Supplies

Power Supplies

What cools the computer and powers it.

Picture of Printers/Fax Machines

Printers/Fax Machines

Ask dealer.

Picture of Servers

Servers

Used to store massive amounts of data.

Picture of Speakers

Speakers

Ask dealer.

Picture of Telecom Equipment

Telecom Equipment

Ask dealer.

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