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

All Scrap Metal Prices Updated as of

TOP Yards in Tennessee

CMC Recycling Crossville proudly serves the East Tennessee community, working with our customers, large and small, to fulfill their scrap metal recycling needs.
There is money to be made with the junk laying around your attic, basement and garage.
Harmon Scrap Metal has been serving Columbia, Cornersville, Athens, Hazel Green, and more since 1985. Over the past 35+ years, we’ve worked hard to earn a reputation for being honest, fair, and environmentally-minded.

Scrap Copper & Brass prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Bare Bright Wire$2.17
Copper Tubing / Flashing$2.19
Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$1.62
Roofing Copper$1.44
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$1.14
Brass Shells$1.19
Brass Water Meter$0.52-$1.27
Dirty Brass Faucets$0.51
Clean Brass Radiators$1.31
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Clean)$0.61
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty)$0.57
Copper Yokes$0.25
Copper Transformers$0.08-$0.14
Electric Motors$0.15-$0.24
Sealed Units/Compressors$0.17

Scrap Ins. Copper Wire prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)$0.55
Romex® Wire$1.17
Open Eye Hollow Heliax$0.62
THHN Cable$1.36
Insulated Cable$1.19
500-750 MCM (Bare Bright Inside)$1.53
Insulated Steel BX$0.14
Aluminum BX$0.75
Christmas Lights$0.19
Computer Wire$0.25
Cat 5/6 Cross$0.32

Scrap Aluminum prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.34
Sheet Aluminum$0.26
All Aluminum Rims$0.31-$0.46
Aluminum Windows (broken)$0.27
Cast Aluminum$0.15
Clean Aluminum Wire$0.42
AL Thermo-pane/break (Not Glass)$0.26
AL Litho Plates$0.35
AL Machine Cuts$0.32-$0.57
Aluminum Grills$0.24
AL Turnings$0.13-$0.18
Aluminum Transformers$0.08
Dirty Aluminum$0.06-$0.17

Scrap Misc. Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
304 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.35
316 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.32
Lead Wheel Weights$0.16
Scrap Generators$0.06-$0.28

Scrap Batteries prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Car Batteries$0.12-$0.26
Lead Backup Batteries$0.10-$0.28
Forklift Batteries$0.13-$0.26
Steel Case Batteries$0.12-$0.25
Cell Site Lead Batteries$0.12-$0.28
Lithium Ion Batteries$1.32-$2.30

Scrap Catalytic Converters prices per each

MetalPrice Per each
Small Foreign Cat$70-$85
Medium Foreign Cat$81-$117
Large Foreign Cat$100-$265
Foreign Pre-Cat$20-$47
Domestic Cat$41-$56
Pre-Domestic Cat$14-$28
Small GM Cat$63-$90
Large GM Cat$71-$85
Regular Breadloaf Cat$63-$92
Small Chrysler Cat$40-$66
Large Chrysler Cat$73-$111
Ford Cat$60-$85
Ford Pre-Cat$23-$36
Bead Cat$13-$37
Diesel Cat$4.30-$36
Small Wire$10-$26
Large Wire Cat$32-$54
Wire Pre-Cat$7-$18
Aftermarket Cat$9
DPF Catalytic Converter$38-$430
AC Cats$50-$74

Scrap Steel & Iron prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Stainless Steel$0.27
Light Iron$0.08
Cast Iron$0.03-$0.07
Brake Rotors$0.064

Scrap Computer Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Clean Green Motherboards$1.26
Non-Green Motherboards$0.50
Memory Chips$4.32-$6.40
CPU Processor Chips$5.11-$27
Whole Computer Towers w/HD$0.18
Power Supplies (w/ wires)$0.08
Harddrives w/Board$0.35
Harddrive PC Board$2.27
Telecom Equipment$0.13-$0.26
Low Grade Non PC Boards$0.07
Insulated Wire$0.11-$0.56
Computer Wire$0.27
AL Heat Sinks$0.31

Scrap Rare Earth Metals prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Carbide Inserts/Shapes$5.18-$6.40
FSX 414$5.20
High Speed Steel$6-$32
Hastelloy Shavings$1.31-$2.28
Hastelloy Solids$1.40-$2.15
Tin Solder$1.31-$3.64
Alnico Magnets$1.30-$2.15

Tennessee Scrap Metal Laws

Payment Restrictions

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


Tennessee requires fingerprints, but may vary by county.

Video Recording

Tennessee does not require video recordings.

Tag and Hold

Tennessee has no tag and hold provisions.

License Scanning

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

Vehicle Descriptions

Tennessee 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

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

Taking Photographs of Customers Faces

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

Notify Law Enforcement

Tennessee does not require law enforcement notification.

NMVTIS Reporting

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