The prices listed below are state average prices paid by scrap yards in North Carolina NC, United States.

All Scrap Metal Prices Updated as of

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Scrap Copper & Brass prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Bare Bright Wire$2.31
Copper Tubing / Flashing$2.57
Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$1.61
Roofing Copper$1.11
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$1.29
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)$0.64
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty)$0.62
Copper Yokes$0.31
Copper Transformers$0.79-$0.28
Electric Motors$0.12-$0.26
Sealed Units/Compressors$0.41

Scrap Ins. Copper Wire prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)$0.35
Romex® Wire$1.16
Open Eye Hollow Heliax$0.68
THHN Cable$1.47
Insulated Cable$1.19
500-750 MCM (Bare Bright Inside)$1.42
Insulated Steel BX$0.27
Aluminum BX$0.42
Christmas Lights$0.21
Computer Wire$0.36
Cat 5/6 Cross$0.40

Scrap Aluminum prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.31
Sheet Aluminum$0.23
All Aluminum Rims$0.18-$0.32
Aluminum Windows (broken)$0.23
Cast Aluminum$0.18
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)$0.62
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-$122
Large Foreign Cat$133-$278
Foreign Pre-Cat$14-$32
Domestic Cat$41-$67
Pre-Domestic Cat$12-$35
Small GM Cat$56-$104
Large GM Cat$52-$93
Regular Breadloaf Cat$41-$85
Small Chrysler Cat$32-$71
Large Chrysler Cat$44-$98
Ford Cat$55-$79
Ford Pre-Cat$22-$38
Bead Cat$15-$46
Diesel Cat$4.28-$27
Small Wire$17-$42
Large Wire Cat$21-$45
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$0.21
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$0.17
Insulated Wire$0.11-$0.42
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

North Carolina Scrap Metal Laws

Payment Restrictions

North Carolina has special payment restrictions, see the legal mandates below.


North Carolina requires fingerprints, but may vary by county.

Video Recording

North Carolina requires facilities to record video using security cameras.

Tag and Hold

North Carolina 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

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

Vehicle Descriptions

North Carolina 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

North Carolina requires that each material/purchase have a snapshot image to be taken while the material is being weighed.

Taking Photographs of Customers Faces

North Carolina requires a photograph to be taken of the customers face at the time of payout.

Notify Law Enforcement

North Carolina requires law enforcement notifications when certain materials are purchased.

NMVTIS Reporting

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

Legal Mandates

Updated January 2014

***Changes Effective 12/1/2013

State Requirements

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

         ·            Allow a copy of their 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 

         ·           Allow the buyer to take a finger or thumbprint (can be kept on file for future visits);

Buyer’s must:

  • Make, model, type of vehicle, and state of issuance and license plate number of sellers vehicle used to transport scrap
  • Keep a record of sellers name, address and date of sale
  • A time and date stamped photograph or video of the sellers face and the material being sold.
  • All sales tickets must have 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 and description of the material.
    • Must show the amount paid for the material.
    • Sales tickets must be signed by the seller.  Seller will receive a copy of the receipt and buyer will retain a copy.
  • ***All scrap vehicle purchases must be checked with the DMV first to make sure it is not stolen.  A signed affidavit stating that the seller is the rightful owner and a record of all information above plus VIN, make, model and year of vehicle must be made and held for a period of 2 years.

         ·            ***Buyer must report purchased vehicle information to NMVTIS within 72 hours of sale

         ·            Tag and hold policies are in effect  

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

Any purchases over the amount of $100 must be paid for with a check which will be mailed to the seller’s home or picked up in person.  No person can receive a cash sale more than once per day.

Keep records, certifications, registrations, etc. on site for 2 years. 

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

It is unlawful to purchase or possess the following materials: any wire, pedestal, or other equipment marked as belonging to any public utility, government entity, railroad, school, graveyard or private business without written proof that they are entitled to sell such materials.

No scrap metal business may purchase or receive beer kegs from anyone except a distributor or manufacturer of beer kegs or licensed brewery.

It is unlawful to purchase catalytic converters unless they are part of entire motor vehicle.

No scrap metal business may enter into a transaction to purchase or receive metallic wire that was burned in whole or in part to remove insulation unless the seller can produce written proof to the scrap metal business that the wire was lawfully burned or lawfully recovered from a burned structure.

It is unlawful to purchase scrap metals from persons age 18 or younger.

Metals may not be purchased between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

If the car was made after 1975, a valid vehicle title must be signed over.  If no title is available, a replacement title or abandonment title must be applied for.

It is illegal to buy or hold vehicle parts that have had the VIN number removed.

No item included in a dealer purchase shall be sold, traded or otherwise disposed of, melted, cut or otherwise changed in form for a period of 7 days after the purchased.

Links to Other Important Information for North Carolina Salvage/Recycling

Auto-Parts Salvage/Recycling