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

All Scrap Metal Prices Updated as of

TOP Yards in Virginia

We buy, process and sell ferrous and non-ferrous metals by turning raw scrap metal into a clean and mill-ready product<
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Scrap Copper & Brass prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Bare Bright Wire$2.40
Copper Tubing / Flashing$2.14
Copper Tubing / Bus Bar$1.92
Roofing Copper$1.80
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)$1.30
Brass Shells$1.24
Brass Water Meter$0.70-$1.54
Dirty Brass Faucets$0.45
Clean Brass Radiators$1.33
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Clean)$0.90
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Dirty)$0.77
Copper Yokes$0.27
Copper Transformers$0.07-$0.18
Electric Motors$0.10-$0.16
Sealed Units/Compressors$0.16

Scrap Ins. Copper Wire prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)$0.60
Romex® Wire$1.17
Open Eye Hollow Heliax$0.80
THHN Cable$1.42
Insulated Cable$1.54
500-750 MCM (Bare Bright Inside)$1.82
Insulated Steel BX$0.23
Aluminum BX$0.74
Christmas Lights$0.17
Computer Wire$0.33
Cat 5/6 Cross$0.45

Scrap Aluminum prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum Siding / Gutters$0.37
Sheet Aluminum$0.25
All Aluminum Rims$0.41-$0.52
Aluminum Windows (broken)$0.31
Cast Aluminum$0.24
Clean Aluminum Wire$0.47
AL Thermo-pane/break (Not Glass)$0.25
AL Litho Plates$0.45
AL Machine Cuts$0.30-$0.54
Aluminum Grills$0.27
AL Turnings$0.11-$0.15
Aluminum Transformers$0.04
Dirty Aluminum$0.07-$0.17

Scrap Misc. Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
304 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.31
316 Stainless Steel (Non-Magnetic)$0.46
Lead Wheel Weights$0.14
Scrap Generators$0.06-$0.17

Scrap Batteries prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Car Batteries$0.10-$0.22
Lead Backup Batteries$0.13-$0.26
Forklift Batteries$0.12-$0.27
Steel Case Batteries$0.12-$0.27
Cell Site Lead Batteries$0.14-$0.27
Lithium Ion Batteries$1.50-$2.53

Scrap Catalytic Converters prices per each

MetalPrice Per each
Small Foreign Cat$81-$96
Medium Foreign Cat$104-$135
Large Foreign Cat$112-$255
Foreign Pre-Cat$31-$45
Domestic Cat$53-$67
Pre-Domestic Cat$21-$38
Small GM Cat$81-$97
Large GM Cat$86-$118
Regular Breadloaf Cat$84-$103
Small Chrysler Cat$50-$77
Large Chrysler Cat$73-$95
Ford Cat$62-$87
Ford Pre-Cat$21-$28
Bead Cat$21-$37
Diesel Cat$5.04-$40
Small Wire$8-$15
Large Wire Cat$32-$48
Wire Pre-Cat$8-$12
Aftermarket Cat$7
DPF Catalytic Converter$11-$448
AC Cats$63-$77

Scrap Steel & Iron prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Stainless Steel$0.24
Light Iron$0.05
Cast Iron$0.05-$0.09
Brake Rotors$0.077

Scrap Computer Scrap prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Clean Green Motherboards$1.15
Non-Green Motherboards$0.56
Memory Chips$5.51-$7.53
CPU Processor Chips$3.04-$26
Whole Computer Towers w/HD$0.17
Power Supplies (w/ wires)$0.16
Harddrives w/Board$0.47
Harddrive PC Board$2.58
Telecom Equipment$0.15-$0.25
Low Grade Non PC Boards$0.07
Insulated Wire$0.24-$0.67
Computer Wire$0.31
AL Heat Sinks$0.35

Scrap Rare Earth Metals prices per pound

MetalPrice Per Pound
Carbide Inserts/Shapes$6.04-$6.75
FSX 414$5.25
Hastelloy Shavings$1.30-$2.25
Hastelloy Solids$1.43-$2.19
Tin Solder$1.32-$3.64
Alnico Magnets$1.32-$2.16

Virginia Scrap Metal Laws

Payment Restrictions

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


Virginia requires fingerprints, but may vary by county.

Video Recording

Virginia does not require video recordings.

Tag and Hold

Virginia 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

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

Vehicle Descriptions

Virginia 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

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

Taking Photographs of Customers Faces

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

Notify Law Enforcement

Virginia requires law enforcement notifications when certain materials are purchased.

NMVTIS Reporting

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