Should You Separate Your Scrap Wires?

mixed scrap metal wires

Mixes of wire are common when working on job sites, and sometimes, it is easier to sell the mixes as-is than to separate and sort them out. We talked to multiple scrappers who have sorted and separated, and depending on what types of wires are mixed together, you have to choose what to do.

Separating Steel & Aluminum BX Wire

For example, if you have steel bx mixed in with aluminum bx, you will almost always be better off sorting and separating it. With steel bx normally worth about 20% of aluminum bx price (assuming both have the copper inside), why would you not separate it? Well, when we talked to another scrapper, they said they would not separate it because sometimes the pain of untangling it will be too difficult compared to the increase in money.

Separating Scrap Romex® Wire & Aluminum BX

There are other times when we advise scrappers to sort and separate their material. One of those is when Romex® Wire is mixed with aluminum bx from a demolition or job site. These are always worth sorting and separating because they won’t tangle together as much, and you will make at least 20% more money by sorting them.

When you often try to sell mixed wires to your scrap yard, you will have a problem because your yards won’t want to pay extra. After all, they must take the time to sort and separate it. The moral of the story, scrappers…sort and separate your materials as best as possible, and let us know how it works out!