Scrap Metal and Copper Prices Per Kilo | UK

Scrap Metal Prices

Here you will be able to find up to date scrap metal prices per kilo for copper, aluminium, steel, iron, lead, brass and a large number of other types of metal too. We are constantly striving to update our prices on a daily basis and we also provide prices for items like car batteries, aluminium cans and wiring or plates too. Scrap metal prices are always changing in the United Kingdom and as a result we make sure that our prices are accurate for different cities within the UK. Currently we support scrap metal dealers in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland too. Some of the major cities that we cover include London, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Dudley, Wigan, Coventry, Belfast, Dublin, Leicester, Coventry, Sunderland, Newcastle, Nottingham and more.

If you would like access to a list of scrap metal prices per kilogram from all scrap metal dealers located close to you then send an email to – After receiving your email we will reply to you with the complete list.

Scrap Copper Prices Per Kilo

In the United Kingdom scrap copper prices per kilo are regularly changing from dealer to dealer, in fact you can receive almost twice as much if you carefully select who you take your copper to. The best way to ensure that you get a good price for your metal is to clean the copper before taking it to a dealer. Doing this will ensure that you don’t get charged any type of fee for the scrap yard needing to clean the metal before they can then sell it on again. This sounds like a time consuming and difficult job, but it isn’t and will only take you an hour or so, depending on how much scrap copper you have. Another thing to note is that you will also get a better price if you separate out all of the different grades of copper you have and remove all pieces of additional materials from it. Essentially you want to be taking only pure copper to be sold, this again is ultimately saving the scrap dealer a job and in return they will offer you a very favourable price for your metal. If you are lucky, you may already have some pure copper and this is the most valuable type you can possibly have. The most valuable types of copper are the purest forms and this can be regularly found in wiring, wires, plates or sheeting.

Scrap Lead Prices Per Kilo

Lead is another one of the most highly valued types of scrap metal that you can find in or around your home. Scrap lead prices are truly dependent on the quality of material that you have. If you have lead in its purest form then you can definitely expect a good price from any scrap yard. However, unfortunately it is hard for anybody to find a significant quantity of this rare scrap metal. In addition to this, whenever you do find a large amount of scrap lead then you should take care as it is a very toxic metal that can easily contaminate the surrounding environment. I would personally not recommend anybody go out of their way to hunt for this metal as a result of this, but if you decide to do so then make sure you check out our price list and get a very good price for it.

Scrap Aluminium Prices Per Kilo

Similarly for scrap aluminium prices, having a very pure piece of metal is highly valued by scrap metal dealers and so if you can source some of this you should make sure you take it to be sold. Pure aluminium is a very valuable type of metal and can be sold for an awful lot of money, however it is very hard to find it in this form these days as it is almost always bound to something else. One other key note about scrap aluminium prices is that they change quite substantially from one day to another. The volatility of these prices is driven by supply and demand across the country, in towns or cities with industry heavy demands you can expect to receive more cash for your metal. As always, it is key to check these prices before taking your scrap aluminium anywhere to be sold. Scrap dealers will accept a wide range of different forms of aluminium including cans, cables, cabling, car wheels, car radiators, sheets, casings, plates and a variety of aluminium based alloys too.

Scrap Steel Prices Per Kilo

Scrap steel prices are actually relatively stable across the entirety of the UK, you will always be able to get a good price for it because it is often in a very pure form, as with many types of ferrous metals. Likewise the demand for scrap steel is always there and it is easy to smelt it down to a reusable form. The most commonly found types of steel are scrap stainless steel and plain scrap steel, these are both utilised in the foundations of houses throughout the country. Due to steel being a fairly heavy material it is recommended that you hire a skip for your house so that you can easily transport bulk parts of the metal to your local scrap dealer. In terms of what prices to expect for this common metal material, scrap stainless steel prices are almost always higher than typical metal, this is simply due to it being much more difficult to refine.

Scrap Metal Calculator

Please utilise our scrap metal weight calculator below to determine how much your material weighs, based upon the dimensions of it. You first have to choose an alloy type and then you will be able to select the metal’s dimensions. Following this you can click the calculate button to get the final weight calculated.

Our scrap metal calculator is designed to be for informational purposes only, we have utilised a pre-determined range of metal densities for each of the available alloy types and so our weight will not be entirely accurate. Additionally, it is important to note that that the weight of your metal can vary substantially from the calculated weight for a number of different reasons.

Scrap Metal Calculator

Scrap Metal Dealers

Scrap metal dealers always generally provide a selection of prices that they will accept for each type of metal and there various types of grades of it. Consequently it is impossible to set a distinct price for each type of metal for a whole country, the prices of scrap metal are determined by supply and demand. Despite this I have provided a list of scrap metal prices below:

Scrap Metal Prices per Kilo
£3.50 to £6.00
Mixed Copper
£3.00 to £6.00
Copper Wire
£3.00 to £6.00
£2.80 to £4.00
Stainless Steel
£2.50 to £3.50
Mixed Steel
£1.00 to £2.00
£1.50 to £2.50
Aluminium Cans
£0.15 to £0.25 per can
£0.30 to £0.60
Cast Iron
£0.15 to £0.30
£2.00 to £3.00
Mixed Brass
£2.00 to £4.00
£0.50 to £2.00
£2.00 to £5.00 per battery

International Prices

UK Cities

What are the current prices of scrap metal in the UK?

As you are probably aware, scrap metal prices are changing continually. These prices are ultimately set by supply and demand at a local level. If you live in a region where businesses are readily accepting scrap metal, then it is likely that prices will remain high all year round. Conversely if this is not the case, then prices may fluctuate continually. It is important to note that the prices can vary considerably from one city to another. As a result of these continual price variations, it is notoriously difficult to understand what is a good price and what is not.

We have provided some guidance on this page using aggregated data from local scrap yards in the UK, however it is only an estimate and so take it with a pinch of salt. We find that the best way to determine a good price in your local area is to phone up all of your dealers and see what they are able to offer you for the metal in question.

How can I work out the weight of my scrap metal?

Fortunately in the UK we use the metric system to weigh up scrap metal. Consequently it is very easy to work out how much you will get for either of these units. Simply put:

1000 kg = 1 tonne

So if you are going to earn £3 per kilo of scrap copper, you will receive £3000 per tonne of it. The opposite also works, you just need to divide the rate per tonne by 1000 to find out how much your scrap metal is worth per kilo.

What is the price of scrap metal per kg?

There are many factors involved in weighing up how much your scrap metal is worth, the main points in order of priority are;

  1. Type of metal
  2. Weight of metal
  3. Metal grading
  4. Location

There are many types of metals which are traded frequently in the scrap metal industry, some of the most popular forms are; copper, aluminium and steel. Once you know what metal you have, you need to figure out how much it weighs, in the UK the scrap metal industry utilises the metric system (kilos and tonnes). Following this, you need to identify what grade of metal you have, there are many variations for each type of metal and so you will need to spend some time researching this. Finally, as discussed in many of the above sections, it is important to recognise that scrap metal prices vary substantially based upon location.

How to work out scrap metal prices per tonne?

If you know what price you are going to receive for a kilo of your scrap metal, then you simply need to multiply this figure by 1000 to find out what a tonne gets you. Please take a look at the below example to see this in action:

  • Metal type: Copper
  • Price per kilo (kg): £3
  • Price per tonne = price per kilo x 1000 = 3 x 1000 = £3000

Will scrap metal prices go up in 2019?

It is extremely likely that scrap metal prices will increase throughout 2019, there are various factors which will impact this in the UK, as outlined below. Firstly, inflation will push the prices up by a marginal amount, this is virtually guaranteed every year. Secondly, the pound is performing poorly against foreign currencies currently and so scrap metal prices will likely see an uplift in cost, in line with the price of importing metals abroad. Furthermore, we’ve seen prices increasing steadily over the past five or so years and so it is not far-fetched to estimate that this will continue. Obviously prices do indeed vary between each type of metal, but generally they are all trending upwards.

What types of scrap metal gradings are there?

This is a very difficult question to answer, simply because there are so many variations of scrap metal gradings within each type of metal. Copper for example has three sub-divisions (grades 1, 2 and 3), aluminium has two main groupings and some other metals have many more. As you can see, there are a significant amount of gradings and so defining what grade you have on any one piece of metal can be challenging. While it may be time consuming work, it is definitely worth it. If you take your metal to your local scrap yard and tell them exactly what weight of scrap you have, split out by grading, you will come across as knowledgeable and therefore should receive a much better final price.

How much is a water heater worth for scrap?

Old water heaters are commonly made using copper and so they can be worth a lot of money to scrap yards in the UK. More modern water heaters are made using cheaper materials and so they are not worth quite as much money. Once you have determined what material the water heater is made from, you should then weigh it and use the pricing estimations per kilo from our scrap metal pricing table.

How much is scrap cable worth?

Scrap cable can be extremely valuable if it is made from certain materials (for example: copper or aluminium), however other materials may be worth considerably less (for example: steel or brass).

Will tariffs affect scrap metal prices?

If you live in the UK, you are unlikely to be impacted by any tariffs that are currently being talked about in the media. These will typically impact people who are trading with the United States and so they are largely not relevant to us over here. This is due to the United Kingdom only exporting very small quantities of our scrap metal to the US.

What are the best things to scrap for money?

The best household items that can be sold as scrap metal are as follows;

  • cars
  • water heaters
  • refrigerators
  • freezers
  • microwaves
  • ovens
  • pans, pots and cutlery
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3 months ago

I would be grateful if you cold forward current buying price for;
Bare Bright Copper, No1 Copper, No 2 Copper, No1 Copper insulated, No 2 Copper insulated,
Aluminium, Aluminium/Copper Radiators, Lead Batteries,
Grimsby, Lincoln, Doncaster, Hull, Sheffield, Leeds,.