A Complete Guide To Scrap Metals: What You Need To Know

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There is a lot of money in scrap metal; indeed, scrap metal is a billion-dollar industry and if you have accumulated a lot of junk and unwanted items on your property, calling in a scrap metal dealer will reduce or remove the material. As you would expect, each metal has a per-kg.-price and you can find this on the dealer’s website.

Common Metals

The scrap metal dealers accept copper, aluminium, lead, iron, steel, brass and if the metals have not been separated or sorted, this would affect the price. Copper scrap prices are high; if you have some old electrical wiring or plumbing pipes, you can expect a good cash payment when the dealer arrives. Things like old domestic appliances contain copper, which always fetches top dollar and take a look around the home to see if you have other unwanted items.


If you have just replaced your old aluminium windows, you will get a good price from a local scrap dealer or even from Sydney scrap metal yards, if you are located in the city, regardless of the condition of the windows. If you are a beer drinker, save all those beer cans and you’ll be able to buy a few cases of beer with the money you get.

Old Vehicles

The scrap dealer will not only pay you a fair price for your old car, they will also come and collect the vehicle. We all know how easy it is to forget about a car you no longer use and with a leading online car buyer, you get paid a fair price and the car is towed away.

Tyres & Batteries

Most scrap metal dealers will not accept old tyres (rims are fine) or batteries; check with the state as to how to dispose of old tyres and car batteries. When you arrive on the scrap metal dealer’s website, they list materials they accept and a list of things they do not accept, which means you know exactly where you stand and should you have any questions, a staff member would be able to help.

Metals Accepted

Most scrap metal dealers accept the following metals:

  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Lead
  • Stainless-steel
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Iron
  • Wrought iron

If you have old digital devices or home appliances, it isn’t necessary that you sort the scrap, as the dealer has a sort team at the yard. The dealer weighs everything and you are paid in cash, what could be simpler?

Efficient Recycling

The days of landfills are long gone; around 90% of your scrap would be recycled and the dealer has associations with the large recycling plants. They have a very effective system to sort scrap metal and you can rest assured that your waste is responsibly handled, with a high percentage being recycled.

If you are in any doubt regarding brass, lead, steel and copper prices in Sydney that you have, leave a message on their website and they will get back to you. The website will tell you what is classed as ‘hazardous material’ and what materials they do not accept.