The prices listed below are state average prices paid by scrap yards in New York NJ, United States.

All Scrap Metal Prices Updated as of

TOP Yards in New York

At Arrow, we purchase and recycle scrap metal and electronics waste. We offer container service for commercial accounts and are open to the public at our two conveniently located recycling facilities and offer nation-wide recycling and e-waste solutions.
Greenblott Metal Co. Inc. is a locally owned recycling facility. Established in 1960, our philosophy has always been to provide the triple cities with an honest, clean, and efficient recycling facility with an emphasis on service.
Welcome to our Niagara Falls yard! Here you’ll find our 55 acre main scrap processing site in the heart of industrial Niagara Falls. Amongst all the hustle and bustle of keeping the metal industry moving, we have a BNBEA award-winning, friendly staff that will assist you in any metal recycling task.

Scrap Copper & Brass prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Bare Bright Wire$2.45
Copper Tubing / Flashing$2.57
Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$1.68
Roofing Copper$1.11
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$1.21
Brass Shells$1.32
Brass Water Meter$0.22-$1.38
Dirty Brass Faucets$0.57
Clean Brass Radiators$1.24
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Clean)$0.76
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty)$0.62
Copper Yokes$0.31
Copper Transformers$0.08-$0.28
Electric Motors$0.12-$0.26
Sealed Units/Compressors$0.44

Scrap Ins. Copper Wire prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)$0.31
Romex® Wire$1.16
Open Eye Hollow Heliax$0.68
THHN Cable$1.35
Insulated Cable$1.19
500-750 MCM (Bare Bright Inside)$1.42
Insulated Steel BX$0.27
Aluminum BX$0.48
Christmas Lights$0.21
Computer Wire$0.36
Cat 5/6 Cross$0.49

Scrap Aluminum prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.31
Sheet Aluminum$0.22
All Aluminum Rims$0.18-$0.32
Aluminum Windows (broken)$0.23
Cast Aluminum$0.19
Clean Aluminum Wire$0.48
AL Thermo-pane/break (Not Glass)$0.66
AL Litho Plates$0.36
AL Machine Cuts$0.14-$0.56
Aluminum Grills$0.25
AL Turnings$0.07-$0.22
Aluminum Transformers$0.10
Dirty Aluminum$0.07-$0.19

Scrap Misc. Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
304 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.33
316 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.51
Lead Wheel Weights$0.31
Scrap Generators$0.08-$0.27

Scrap Batteries prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Car Batteries$0.06-$0.26
Lead Backup Batteries$0.13-$0.32
Forklift Batteries$0.16-$0.32
Steel Case Batteries$0.12-$0.38
Cell Site Lead Batteries$0.12-$0.28
Lithium Ion Batteries$1.15-$2.67

Scrap Catalytic Converters prices per each

MetalPrice Per each
Small Foreign Cat$43-$72
Medium Foreign Cat$88-$138
Large Foreign Cat$133-$278
Foreign Pre-Cat$17-$32
Domestic Cat$41-$67
Pre-Domestic Cat$12-$35
Small GM Cat$56-$112
Large GM Cat$52-$93
Regular Breadloaf Cat$41-$85
Small Chrysler Cat$32-$71
Large Chrysler Cat$44-$105
Ford Cat$55-$82
Ford Pre-Cat$22-$38
Bead Cat$15-$46
Diesel Cat$4.28-$32
Small Wire$17-$42
Large Wire Cat$21-$37
Wire Pre-Cat$6-$15
Aftermarket Cat$7
DPF Catalytic Converter$21-$456
AC Cats$44-$75

Scrap Steel & Iron prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Stainless Steel$0.26
Light Iron$0.06
Cast Iron$0.04-$0.08
Brake Rotors$0.068

Computer Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Clean Green Motherboards$1.18
Non-Green Motherboards$0.47
Memory Chips$4.07-$6.45
CPU Processor Chips$5.11-$27
Whole Computer Towers w/HD$0.17
Power Supplies (w/ wires)$0.16
Harddrives w/Board$0.34
Harddrive PC Board$2.32
Telecom Equipment$0.14-$0.29
Low Grade Non PC Boards$0.13
Insulated Wire$0.18-$0.61
Computer Wire$0.32
AL Heat Sinks$0.22

Scrap Rare Earth Metals prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Carbide Inserts/Shapes$5.17-$5.92
FSX 414$5.25
High Speed Steel$12-$42
Hastelloy Shavings$1.13-$2.44
Hastelloy Solids$1.15-$2.17
Tin Solder$1.27-$3.55
Alnico Magnets$1.14-$2.25

New York Scrap Metal Laws

Payment Restrictions

New York does NOT have special payment restrictions.


New York does not require fingerprints.

Video Recording

New York does not require video recordings.

Tag and Hold

New York requires yards to tag-and-hold certain materials for a period of time to give law enforcement time to locate possibly stolen material matching that description.

License Scanning

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

Vehicle Descriptions

New York 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

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

Taking Photographs of Customers Faces

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

Notify Law Enforcement

New York does not require law enforcement notification.

NMVTIS Reporting

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

Legal Mandates

Updated January 2014

*Please check your local laws, many have increased requirements in 2013.

State Requirements – New York does not have specific state requirements, all scrap yards are regulated through their municipalities. The following is a average listing of requirements, requirements may vary per municipalities.

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

  • Allow a copy of the seller’s a 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 

Buyer’s must:

  • Record year, make, model and license plate number of sellers vehicle used to transport scrap
  • Keep a record of sellers name, address and date of sale
  • All sales tickets must have location of sale, date and time of the sale, as well as the initials of the clerk completing the sale.
    • Must also show the weight, quantity and/or volume of the material.
    • Must show amount paid for materials.
    • 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 on all materials for 5 days

NOTE:  Please be aware that scrap yards in the State of New York are governed by their Municipality; you must refer to your local ordinances.  Many cities and counties have additional ordinances that may not be listed here.

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

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 5-day tag-and-hold policy when notified by law enforcement to do so.

The state law requires anyone involved in the transfer or disposal of 1973 or newer model year junk or salvage vehicles to obtain a registration or certification from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Links to Other Important Information for New York Salvage/Recycling

Auto-Parts Salvage/Recycling