The prices listed below are state average prices paid by scrap yards in Rhode Island RI, United States.

All Scrap Metal Prices Updated as of

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Metal Services, LLC is a scrap metal recycling company located at 199 Branch Avenue in Providence, RI.

Scrap Copper & Brass prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Bare Bright Wire$2.13
Copper Tubing / Flashing$2.12
Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$1.62
Roofing Copper$1.44
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$1.13
Brass Shells$1.19
Brass Water Meter$0.54-$1.23
Dirty Brass Faucets$0.47
Clean Brass Radiators$1.22
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Clean)$0.66
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty)$0.58
Copper Yokes$0.27
Copper Transformers$0.05-$0.14
Electric Motors$0.11-$0.21
Sealed Units/Compressors$0.18

Scrap Ins. Copper Wire prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)$0.54
Romex® Wire$1.11
Open Eye Hollow Heliax$0.62
THHN Cable$1.35
Insulated Cable$1.18
500-750 MCM (Bare Bright Inside)$1.53
Insulated Steel BX$0.14
Aluminum BX$0.71
Christmas Lights$0.16
Computer Wire$0.28
Cat 5/6 Cross$0.32

Scrap Aluminum prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.32
Sheet Aluminum$0.23
All Aluminum Rims$0.31-$0.44
Aluminum Windows (broken)$0.28
Cast Aluminum$0.19
Clean Aluminum Wire$0.45
AL Thermo-pane/break (Not Glass)$0.24
AL Litho Plates$0.36
AL Machine Cuts$0.32-$0.56
Aluminum Grills$0.24
AL Turnings$0.11-$0.17
Aluminum Transformers$0.09
Dirty Aluminum$0.05-$0.19

Scrap Misc. Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
304 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.37
316 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.32
Lead Wheel Weights$0.17
Scrap Generators$0.06-$0.28

Scrap Batteries prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Car Batteries$0.17-$0.28
Lead Backup Batteries$0.11-$0.22
Forklift Batteries$0.17-$0.28
Steel Case Batteries$0.14-$0.24
Cell Site Lead Batteries$0.14-$0.26
Lithium Ion Batteries$1.32-$2.38

Scrap Catalytic Converters prices per each

MetalPrice Per each
Small Foreign Cat$71-$87
Medium Foreign Cat$82-$115
Large Foreign Cat$117-$276
Foreign Pre-Cat$27-$48
Domestic Cat$42-$59
Pre-Domestic Cat$14-$28
Small GM Cat$62-$95
Large GM Cat$72-$94
Regular Breadloaf Cat$67-$96
Small Chrysler Cat$45-$62
Large Chrysler Cat$72-$117
Ford Cat$62-$88
Ford Pre-Cat$20-$33
Bead Cat$17-$38
Diesel Cat$4.25-$38
Small Wire$11-$26
Large Wire Cat$33-$55
Wire Pre-Cat$7-$19
Aftermarket Cat$8
DPF Catalytic Converter$22-$438
AC Cats$52-$78

Scrap Steel & Iron prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Stainless Steel$0.27
Light Iron$0.05
Cast Iron$0.05-$0.08
Brake Rotors$0.060

Scrap Computer Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Clean Green Motherboards$1.22
Non-Green Motherboards$0.57
Memory Chips$4.36-$6.42
CPU Processor Chips$5.13-$22
Whole Computer Towers w/HD$0.16
Power Supplies (w/ wires)$0.05
Harddrives w/Board$0.32
Harddrive PC Board$2.26
Telecom Equipment$0.15-$0.24
Low Grade Non PC Boards$0.08
Insulated Wire$0.11-$0.55
Computer Wire$0.28
AL Heat Sinks$0.26

Scrap Rare Earth Metals prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Carbide Inserts/Shapes$5.23-$6.40
FSX 414$5.16
High Speed Steel$8-$36
Hastelloy Shavings$1.35-$2.22
Hastelloy Solids$1.40-$2.16
Tin Solder$1.34-$3.64
Alnico Magnets$1.31-$2.18

Rhode Island Scrap Metal Laws

Payment Restrictions

Rhode Island does NOT have special payment restrictions.


Rhode Island does not require fingerprints.

Video Recording

Rhode Island does not require video recordings.

Tag and Hold

Rhode Island 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:

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

Vehicle Descriptions

Rhode Island does not require vehicle information to be recorded.

Taking Photographs of Materials

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

Taking Photographs of Customers Faces

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

Notify Law Enforcement

Rhode Island does not require law enforcement notification.

NMVTIS Reporting

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

Legal Mandates

Updated January 2014

State Requirements

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

         ·            Present and allow a photocopy of 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 vehicle license plate number of sellers vehicle used to transport scrap
  • Keep a record of sellers name, address, phone number and date of sale
  • All sales tickets must have date and time of the sale, as well as the name of the clerk completing the sale.
    • Must also show the weight, quantity and/or volume of the material
    • Sales tickets must show dollar amount paid to seller.
    • 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 precious metals and catalytic converters for up to 14 days.

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

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

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

Links to Other Important Information for Rhode Island Salvage/Recycling

Auto-Parts Salvage/Recycling

·         Tires –

·         State EPA on scrap –

·         State laws on scrap yards –