The prices listed below are state average prices paid by scrap yards in Iowa IA, United States.

All Scrap Metal Prices Updated as of

TOP Yards in Iowa

JP is one of the Midwest's newest scrap metal recyclers, committed to the eco-friendly collection and disposal of unwanted vehicles and scrap metal.

McDonald Bone Yard & Auto Recycling, L.L.C., in Keota, IA, is the area's leading auto salvage specialist serving Keokuk, Johnson, Washington, Henry and surrounding counties since 2005.

SPI is one of Central Iowa’s leading recyclers and processors of scrap metal, cars, appliances, electronics, and more.

Scrap Copper & Brass prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Bare Bright Wire$2.10
Copper Tubing / Flashing$2.14
Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$1.67
Roofing Copper$1.48
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$1.12
Brass Shells$1.18
Brass Water Meter$0.54-$1.27
Dirty Brass Faucets$0.46
Clean Brass Radiators$1.21
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Clean)$0.64
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty)$0.57
Copper Yokes$0.20
Copper Transformers$0.06-$0.13
Electric Motors$0.11-$0.24
Sealed Units/Compressors$0.18

Scrap Ins. Copper Wire prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)$0.51
Romex® Wire$1.14
Open Eye Hollow Heliax$0.66
THHN Cable$1.33
Insulated Cable$1.17
500-750 MCM (Bare Bright Inside)$1.57
Insulated Steel BX$0.16
Aluminum BX$0.70
Christmas Lights$0.19
Computer Wire$0.23
Cat 5/6 Cross$0.31

Scrap Aluminum prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.36
Sheet Aluminum$0.20
All Aluminum Rims$0.30-$0.48
Aluminum Windows (broken)$0.25
Cast Aluminum$0.17
Clean Aluminum Wire$0.44
AL Thermo-pane/break (Not Glass)$0.23
AL Litho Plates$0.31
AL Machine Cuts$0.30-$0.56
Aluminum Grills$0.22
AL Turnings$0.10-$0.15
Aluminum Transformers$0.08
Dirty Aluminum$0.06-$0.17

Scrap Misc. Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
304 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.31
316 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.37
Lead Wheel Weights$0.16
Scrap Generators$0.05-$0.23

Scrap Batteries prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Car Batteries$0.15-$0.22
Lead Backup Batteries$0.13-$0.27
Forklift Batteries$0.17-$0.21
Steel Case Batteries$0.12-$0.28
Cell Site Lead Batteries$0.17-$0.26
Lithium Ion Batteries$1.31-$2.31

Scrap Catalytic Converters prices per each

MetalPrice Per each
Small Foreign Cat$73-$89
Medium Foreign Cat$96-$127
Large Foreign Cat$107-$257
Foreign Pre-Cat$23-$40
Domestic Cat$40-$57
Pre-Domestic Cat$13-$27
Small GM Cat$68-$93
Large GM Cat$70-$92
Regular Breadloaf Cat$66-$93
Small Chrysler Cat$44-$67
Large Chrysler Cat$71-$115
Ford Cat$60-$81
Ford Pre-Cat$21-$32
Bead Cat$18-$37
Diesel Cat$4.20-$35
Small Wire$10-$27
Large Wire Cat$31-$54
Wire Pre-Cat$7-$17
Aftermarket Cat$5
DPF Catalytic Converter$21-$440
AC Cats$51-$71

Scrap Steel & Iron prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Stainless Steel$0.28
Light Iron$0.04
Cast Iron$0.04-$0.07
Brake Rotors$0.066

Scrap Computer Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Clean Green Motherboards$1.24
Non-Green Motherboards$0.58
Memory Chips$4.37-$6.44
CPU Processor Chips$5.12-$24
Whole Computer Towers w/HD$0.13
Power Supplies (w/ wires)$0.08
Harddrives w/Board$0.30
Harddrive PC Board$2.21
Telecom Equipment$0.14-$0.26
Low Grade Non PC Boards$0.07
Insulated Wire$0.18-$0.55
Computer Wire$0.21
AL Heat Sinks$0.23

Scrap Rare Earth Metals prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Carbide Inserts/Shapes$5.21-$6.45
FSX 414$5.19
High Speed Steel$9-$37
Hastelloy Shavings$1.34-$2.21
Hastelloy Solids$1.44-$2.18
Tin Solder$1.35-$3.61
Alnico Magnets$1.30-$2.14

Iowa Scrap Metal Laws

Payment Restrictions

Iowa has special payment restrictions, see the legal mandates below.


Iowa does not require fingerprints.

Video Recording

Iowa does not require video recordings.

Tag and Hold

Iowa has no tag and hold provisions.

License Scanning

Iowa requires each customers drivers license, ID card, consulate ID or passport to be scanned and kept on file.

Vehicle Descriptions

Iowa requires every purchase of scrap metal to also have the customer or drivers vehicle information recorded as part of the transaction.

Taking Photographs of Materials

Iowa does not require images to be taken of materials. However, it is always a good idea for law enforcement.

Taking Photographs of Customers Faces

Iowa does not require facial photographs. However, it is always a good idea for law enforcement.

Notify Law Enforcement

Iowa does not require law enforcement notification.

NMVTIS Reporting

ALL STATES, not just Iowa are required to report vehicle purchases to NMVTIS through services like