California Scrap Metal Prices

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

All Scrap Metal Prices Updated as of

TOP Yards in California

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P&T Metals specializes in metal recycling for companies in various industries and provides convenient pickup and full industrial scrap management services to make the process seamless.
Ekco Metals has been buying scrap metal from the public since 1966. We buy both non-ferrous and ferrous metals. Copper, Aluminum, Stainless, Brass, Iron, Steel more.

Scrap Copper & Brass prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Bare Bright Wire$2.32
Copper Tubing / Flashing$2.65
Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$2.12
Roofing Copper$1.53
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$1.28
Brass Shells$1.18
Brass Water Meter$0.66-$1.28
Dirty Brass Faucets$0.37
Clean Brass Radiators$1.36
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Clean)$0.84
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty)$0.67
Copper Yokes$0.28
Copper Transformers$0.05-$0.18
Electric Motors$0.13-$0.39
Sealed Units/Compressors$0.14

Scrap Ins. Copper Wire prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)$0.57
Romex® Wire$1.13
Open Eye Hollow Heliax$0.77
THHN Cable$1.36
Insulated Cable$1.18
500-750 MCM (Bare Bright Inside)$1.59
Insulated Steel BX$0.18
Aluminum BX$0.75
Christmas Lights$0.13
Computer Wire$0.28
Cat 5/6 Cross$0.37

Scrap Aluminum prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.37
Sheet Aluminum$0.21
All Aluminum Rims$0.34-$0.47
Aluminum Windows (broken)$0.27
Cast Aluminum$0.18
Clean Aluminum Wire$0.44
AL Thermo-pane/break (Not Glass)$0.29
AL Litho Plates$0.37
AL Machine Cuts$0.30-$0.58
Aluminum Grills$0.24
AL Turnings$0.10-$0.18
Aluminum Transformers$0.06
Dirty Aluminum$0.06-$0.18

Scrap Misc. Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
304 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.36
316 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.34
Lead Wheel Weights$0.18
Scrap Generators$0.05-$0.20

Scrap Batteries prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Car Batteries$0.17-$0.22
Lead Backup Batteries$0.14-$0.25
Forklift Batteries$0.19-$0.28
Steel Case Batteries$0.17-$0.122
Cell Site Lead Batteries$0.15-$0.27
Lithium Ion Batteries$1.32-$2.36

Scrap Catalytic Converters prices per each

MetalPrice Per each
Small Foreign Cat$77-$86
Medium Foreign Cat$96-$120
Large Foreign Cat$100-$255
Foreign Pre-Cat$24-$47
Domestic Cat$46-$54
Pre-Domestic Cat$18-$27
Small GM Cat$76-$94
Large GM Cat$76-$95
Regular Breadloaf Cat$76-$98
Small Chrysler Cat$47-$68
Large Chrysler Cat$77-$110
Ford Cat$60-$85
Ford Pre-Cat$21-$38
Bead Cat$17-$32
Diesel Cat$3.00-$37
Small Wire$10-$24
Large Wire Cat$31-$68
Wire Pre-Cat$5-$17
Aftermarket Cat$6
DPF Catalytic Converter$25-$520
AC Cats$57-$77

Scrap Steel & Iron prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Stainless Steel$0.22
Light Iron$0.04
Cast Iron$0.04-$0.08
Brake Rotors$0.068

Scrap Computer Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Clean Green Motherboards$1.25
Non-Green Motherboards$0.58
Memory Chips$4.57-$6.49
CPU Processor Chips$5.00-$28
Whole Computer Towers w/HD$0.19
Power Supplies (w/ wires)$0.07
Harddrives w/Board$0.30
Harddrive PC Board$2.24
Telecom Equipment$0.13-$0.28
Low Grade Non PC Boards$0.08
Insulated Wire$0.27-$0.54
Computer Wire$0.28
AL Heat Sinks$0.26

Scrap Rare Earth Metals prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Carbide Inserts/Shapes$5.20-$6.40
FSX 414$5.14
High Speed Steel$10-$28
Hastelloy Shavings$1.31-$2.17
Hastelloy Solids$1.42-$2.13
Tin Solder$1.17-$3.65
Alnico Magnets$1.31-$2.15

California Scrap Metal Laws

Payment Restrictions

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


California requires fingerprints, but may vary by county.

Video Recording

California requires facilities to record video using security cameras.

Tag and Hold

California 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

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

Vehicle Descriptions

California 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

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

Taking Photographs of Customers Faces

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

Notify Law Enforcement

California requires law enforcement notifications when certain materials are purchased.

NMVTIS Reporting

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