The prices listed below are state average prices paid by scrap yards in Colorado CO, 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$2.30
Copper Tubing / Flashing$2.64
Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$2.10
Roofing Copper$1.50
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$1.27
Brass Shells$1.15
Brass Water Meter$0.66-$1.24
Dirty Brass Faucets$0.34
Clean Brass Radiators$1.32
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Clean)$0.87
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty)$0.62
Copper Yokes$0.27
Copper Transformers$0.05-$0.17
Electric Motors$0.13-$0.37
Sealed Units/Compressors$0.15

Scrap Ins. Copper Wire prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)$0.58
Romex® Wire$1.16
Open Eye Hollow Heliax$0.78
THHN Cable$1.37
Insulated Cable$1.19
500-750 MCM (Bare Bright Inside)$1.50
Insulated Steel BX$0.17
Aluminum BX$0.77
Christmas Lights$0.12
Computer Wire$0.27
Cat 5/6 Cross$0.34

Scrap Aluminum prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.34
Sheet Aluminum$0.22
All Aluminum Rims$0.34-$0.48
Aluminum Windows (broken)$0.23
Cast Aluminum$0.18
Clean Aluminum Wire$0.42
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$0.07-$0.20

Scrap Batteries prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Car Batteries$0.17-$0.20
Lead Backup Batteries$0.14-$0.25
Forklift Batteries$0.19-$0.27
Steel Case Batteries$0.17-$0.23
Cell Site Lead Batteries$0.15-$0.28
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$1.27
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$2.27
Telecom Equipment$0.13-$0.28
Low Grade Non PC Boards$0.08
Insulated Wire$0.27-$0.54
Computer Wire$0.27
AL Heat Sinks$0.26

Scrap Rare Earth Metals prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Carbide Inserts/Shapes$5.20-$6.41
FSX 414$5.14
High Speed Steel$10-$27
Hastelloy Shavings$1.31-$2.17
Hastelloy Solids$1.42-$2.17
Tin Solder$1.17-$3.67
Alnico Magnets$1.31-$2.17

Colorado Scrap Metal Laws

Payment Restrictions

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


Colorado does not require fingerprints.

Video Recording

Colorado requires facilities to record video using security cameras.

Tag and Hold

Colorado 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

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

Vehicle Descriptions

Colorado 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:

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

Taking Photographs of Customers Faces

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

Notify Law Enforcement

Colorado does not require law enforcement notification.

NMVTIS Reporting

ALL STATES, not just Colorado 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:

  •  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 make, model and license plate number of sellers vehicle used to transport scrap
  • Keep a record of sellers name, address and date of sale
  • A video or photograph of the seller and the material being sold, including a description and weight of the material. (Must be kept on file for 180 days)
  • 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.
    • 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 (5 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 3 years. 

For purchases over the amount of $300, seller must be paid by check, unless the cash transaction is documented by video, which must be kept for a minimum of 180 days.

Scrap recyclers must sign up with the scrap theft alert system maintained by the institute of scrap recycling industries, incorporated, or its successor organization, to receive alerts regarding thefts of commodity metals in the purchaser’s geographic area.

·         Download daily and maintain scrap metal theft alerts for a minimum of 90 days.

·         Maintain a log that shows the manager has instructed employees on how to access and use the alerts.

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

Be aware there is a Commodity Metals Theft Task Force lead by the Colorado Sherriff’s Department. The task force is specifically directed to consider: Possible policies or practices to aid in tracking or apprehending stolen commodity metals prior to the point of sale in order to assist law enforcement personnel in theft prevention and recovery of stolen materials; recommendations regarding when and how a commodity metals purchaser should be required to apprise local law enforcement authorities if a purchased commodity metal is a potential match of a commodity metal reported stolen in the scrap theft alert system; and the creation and attributes of a civil penalty process for egregious and repeat violators of the record-keeping requirements of this section.

Links to Other Important Information for Colorado Salvage/Recycling

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