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

All Scrap Metal Prices Updated as of

TOP Yards in South Carolina

Mid-Carolina Steel & Recycling located at 7425 Fairfield Road in Columbia, SC is the Midlands’ largest privately owned recycling company serving the public and numerous businesses with recycling options, and offering ornamental iron products and new and surplus structural steel.
Adams Scrap Recycling is proud to be your recycling facility. Our goal is greater sustainability for our community.
Charleston Steel and Metal has 4 locations in the region for your convenience.  No other Scrap Metal, Metal Recycling or Metal Processing company has more locations in the area to serve all your organizational and individual needs.

Scrap Copper & Brass prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Bare Bright Wire$2.16
Copper Tubing / Flashing$2.14
Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$1.67
Roofing Copper$1.46
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$1.14
Brass Shells$1.17
Brass Water Meter$0.52-$1.27
Dirty Brass Faucets$0.46
Clean Brass Radiators$1.23
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Clean)$0.67
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty)$0.55
Copper Yokes$0.28
Copper Transformers$0.07-$0.16
Electric Motors$0.13-$0.22
Sealed Units/Compressors$0.17

Scrap Ins. Copper Wire prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)$0.56
Romex® Wire$1.13
Open Eye Hollow Heliax$0.64
THHN Cable$1.34
Insulated Cable$1.19
500-750 MCM (Bare Bright Inside)$1.50
Insulated Steel BX$0.12
Aluminum BX$0.74
Christmas Lights$0.16
Computer Wire$0.27
Cat 5/6 Cross$0.33

Scrap Aluminum prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.34
Sheet Aluminum$0.22
All Aluminum Rims$0.32-$0.43
Aluminum Windows (broken)$0.27
Cast Aluminum$0.17
Clean Aluminum Wire$0.44
AL Thermo-pane/break (Not Glass)$0.22
AL Litho Plates$0.37
AL Machine Cuts$0.30-$0.54
Aluminum Grills$0.22
AL Turnings$0.13-$0.18
Aluminum Transformers$0.08
Dirty Aluminum$0.04-$0.17

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-$0.24

Scrap Batteries prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Car Batteries$0.15-$0.29
Lead Backup Batteries$0.10-$0.22
Forklift Batteries$0.16-$0.27
Steel Case Batteries$0.15-$0.26
Cell Site Lead Batteries$0.15-$0.28
Lithium Ion Batteries$1.30-$2.36

Scrap Catalytic Converters prices per each

MetalPrice Per each
Small Foreign Cat$70-$88
Medium Foreign Cat$81-$117
Large Foreign Cat$112-$266
Foreign Pre-Cat$24-$47
Domestic Cat$43-$57
Pre-Domestic Cat$15-$29
Small GM Cat$60-$94
Large GM Cat$71-$88
Regular Breadloaf Cat$67-$94
Small Chrysler Cat$42-$63
Large Chrysler Cat$70-$112
Ford Cat$60-$85
Ford Pre-Cat$21-$36
Bead Cat$16-$37
Diesel Cat$4.20-$36
Small Wire$10-$24
Large Wire Cat$30-$52
Wire Pre-Cat$8-$18
Aftermarket Cat$9
DPF Catalytic Converter$32-$426
AC Cats$50-$75

Scrap Steel & Iron prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Stainless Steel$0.25
Light Iron$0.06
Cast Iron$0.04-$0.07
Brake Rotors$0.065

Scrap Computer Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Clean Green Motherboards$1.25
Non-Green Motherboards$0.52
Memory Chips$4.34-$6.40
CPU Processor Chips$5.11-$23
Whole Computer Towers w/HD$0.15
Power Supplies (w/ wires)$0.06
Harddrives w/Board$0.33
Harddrive PC Board$2.27
Telecom Equipment$0.16-$0.25
Low Grade Non PC Boards$0.09
Insulated Wire$0.13-$0.56
Computer Wire$0.24
AL Heat Sinks$0.25

Scrap Rare Earth Metals prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Carbide Inserts/Shapes$5.24-$6.41
FSX 414$5.17
High Speed Steel$8-$37
Hastelloy Shavings$1.36-$2.24
Hastelloy Solids$1.41-$2.17
Tin Solder$1.35-$3.67
Alnico Magnets$1.30-$2.17

South Carolina Scrap Metal Laws

Payment Restrictions

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


South Carolina requires fingerprints, but may vary by county.

Video Recording

South Carolina requires facilities to record video using security cameras.

Tag and Hold

South 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

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

Vehicle Descriptions

South 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

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

Taking Photographs of Customers Faces

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

Notify Law Enforcement

South Carolina does not require law enforcement notification.

NMVTIS Reporting

ALL STATES, not just South Carolina 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, military ID 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;

         ·            Provide a thumbprint to be kept on file.

         ·            Effective Aug. 8, 2011, All person transporting and/or selling non-ferrous metals must obtain a permit from the local Sheriff’s Office and must present that permit before any transactions can occur.  (See Permit Law at bottom of page)

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
  • Keep a photograph or video which includes images of the seller and the material being sold (to be kept on file for 2 years)
  • 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 a minimum of 15 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 15-day tag-and-hold policy when notified by law enforcement to do so.

It is illegal to purchase the following materials: manhole covers, brass plumbing fittings or valves, water meters, aluminum guard rails, aluminum ramps, beer kegs, or catalytic converters unless the seller is licensed to sell such items.

Payment for sale can be made by cash or check payable after a waiting period of 3 days.  If check is to be mailed to the seller’s home, the check must be made payable to the seller and mailed to the address on their driver’s license or state ID (unless a utility bill showing a new address can be produced).  No PO Box address may be used.

Links to Other Important Information for South Carolina Salvage/Recycling

Auto-Parts Salvage/Recycling

·         Tires –

·         State EPA on scrap –

·         State laws on scrap yards –

o    Permit law 2011: