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

All Scrap Metal Prices Updated as of

TOP Yards in North Dakota

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Scrap Copper & Brass prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Bare Bright Wire$2.22
Copper Tubing / Flashing$2.57
Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$1.63
Roofing Copper$1.17
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$1.17
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)$0.55
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty)$0.64
Copper Yokes$0.37
Copper Transformers$0.79-$0.28
Electric Motors$0.12-$0.27
Sealed Units/Compressors$0.41

Scrap Ins. Copper Wire prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)$0.34
Romex® Wire$1.16
Open Eye Hollow Heliax$0.61
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$0.27
Computer Wire$0.34
Cat 5/6 Cross$0.40

Scrap Aluminum prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.35
Sheet Aluminum$0.23
All Aluminum Rims$0.18-$0.32
Aluminum Windows (broken)$0.23
Cast Aluminum$0.18
Clean Aluminum Wire$0.41
AL Thermo-pane/break (Not Glass)$0.66
AL Litho Plates$0.36
AL Machine Cuts$0.14-$0.56
Aluminum Grills$0.29
AL Turnings$0.09-$0.22
Aluminum Transformers$0.13
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)$0.67
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-$0.37
Forklift Batteries$0.16-$0.32
Steel Case Batteries$0.13-$0.38
Cell Site Lead Batteries$0.12-$0.27
Lithium Ion Batteries$1.15-$2.67

Scrap Catalytic Converters prices per each

MetalPrice Per each
Small Foreign Cat$43-$74
Medium Foreign Cat$88-$1111
Large Foreign Cat$133-$278
Foreign Pre-Cat$14-$38
Domestic Cat$47-$67
Pre-Domestic Cat$12-$37
Small GM Cat$56-$112
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-$47
Diesel Cat$4.24-$29
Small Wire$17-$42
Large Wire Cat$21-$45
Wire Pre-Cat$6-$17
Aftermarket Cat$9
DPF Catalytic Converter$21-$417
AC Cats$44-$75

Scrap Steel & Iron prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Stainless Steel$0.27
Light Iron$0.05
Cast Iron$0.04-$0.07
Brake Rotors$0.068

Computer Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Clean Green Motherboards$1.24
Non-Green Motherboards$0.67
Memory Chips$4.11-$6,23
CPU Processor Chips$5.11-$26
Whole Computer Towers w/HD$0.22
Power Supplies (w/ wires)$0.17
Harddrives w/Board$0.37
Harddrive PC Board$2.37
Telecom Equipment$0.14-$0.24
Low Grade Non PC Boards$0.19
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$5.28-$6,05
FSX 414$5.36
High Speed Steel$11-$47
Hastelloy Shavings$1.17-$2.44
Hastelloy Solids$1.15-$2.12
Tin Solder$1.17-$3.42
Alnico Magnets$1.14-$2.25

North Dakota Scrap Metal Laws

Payment Restrictions

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


North Dakota does not require fingerprints.

Video Recording

North Dakota does not require video recordings.

Tag and Hold

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

Vehicle Descriptions

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

Taking Photographs of Customers Faces

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

Notify Law Enforcement

North Dakota does not require law enforcement notification.

NMVTIS Reporting

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

Legal Mandates

Updated January 2014

***Effective May 1, 2013

In order to sell scrap metal, sellers should:

         ·            Allow a copy of their driver’s license or state ID card (may be kept on file for future transactions);

         ·            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 should:

  • 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
  • ***All sales tickets must have date, time and place 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.
    • If purchasing a vehicle, sales ticket must include VIN.
    • Must show the amount paid for the material and method of payment (cash, check, etc.).
    • 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 for a minimum of 7 days.

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

Keep records, certifications, registrations, etc. on site for 7 years. 

All purchases over the amount of $1000 must be made by check payable to the seller.

Scrap recyclers must maintain a record of all purchases for a minimum of two years and is subject to inspection by any law enforcement at any time. There is a 7-day tag-and-hold policy when notified by law enforcement to do so.

North Dakota does require that all scrap metal business may not purchase or receive beer kegs from anyone except a distributor or manufacturer of beer kegs or licensed brewery.

 Links to Other Important Information for North Dakota Salvage/Recycling

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