Scrap Metal Prices and Copper Per Kilo | South Africa

South Africa has a thriving metal recycling sector, encompassing a broad range of metals from copper to iron. The industry not only promotes environmental sustainability by reducing waste but also bolsters the economy by generating jobs and income. This article provides a detailed overview of the prevailing scrap metal prices in South Africa.

Scrap metal prices per kilogram in South Africa are consistently changing and it is a challenge for us here at Scrap Metal Pricer to keep up with all of those changes. Ultimately, however, we have been around for many years now and are continually updating all of our prices for locations all over South Africa. Currently, we provide scrap metal prices for Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Benoni, Tembisa and East London too.
As you can see, we essentially cover all over the country and all regions from the Western Cape right through to the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal too. We are always making sure that we cover all of the different metals and we are pleased to announce that we now have updated prices for aluminum, copper, lead, iron, steel, silver, and gold.

Finding the Current Scrap Metal Prices in South Africa

Scrap metal prices are dynamic, affected by a multitude of factors like global market trends, local supply and demand, and the quality and type of the scrap metal. For the most accurate and current scrap metal prices in South Africa, it’s recommended to contact local scrapyards or recycling facilities directly, as they adjust their prices regularly based on these factors.

For a broader perspective on scrap metal prices, international trading platforms such as the London Metal Exchange can be a helpful reference. However, it’s important to understand that the prices quoted on these platforms may not reflect local South African prices due to various regional factors like transportation costs and local demand and supply dynamics.

Scrap Copper Prices in South Africa Per KG

Copper is a valuable and widely used metal, essential to industries such as construction, electronics, and electrical engineering. The price for scrap copper in South Africa generally varies between approximately ZAR 70 – ZAR 98 per kilogram, depending on the quality and type of the copper scrap. Unalloyed, clean copper scraps tend to fetch the highest prices.

Type of Scrap CopperPrice Range (Rands per kilo)
Bare Bright Copper WireR70 – R90
Copper Tubing/ FlashingR60 – R75
#1 Copper Heavy ScrapR65 – R80
#2 Copper Wire and TubingR55 – R70
Insulated Copper WireR20 – R50 (based on grade)
Braziery CopperR40 – R55
Copper TurningsR50 – R65

Do keep in mind the following:

  • The purity and cleanliness of the scrap copper can impact the price. For instance, stripped, uncontaminated copper will always fetch a higher price.
  • Local market dynamics, including supply and demand, can cause fluctuations in prices.
  • Some scrapyards may offer slightly different prices based on their own business considerations.

To get the most current and accurate prices, it’s always a good idea to call local scrapyards and get a quote directly from them.

Scrap Aluminium Prices in South Africa

Aluminium, known for its lightweight and resistance to corrosion, is predominantly used in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Although it’s less valuable than copper due to its abundant availability, it still commands reasonable prices. Scrap aluminum prices in South Africa usually range from ZAR 6.5 – ZAR 10 per kilogram.

Type of AluminumPrice Range (Rands per kilo)
Extruded Aluminum (Clean)R15 – R25
Aluminum CansR10 – R18
Aluminum TurningsR10 – R20
Cast AluminumR12 – R22
Sheet AluminumR10 – R20
Aluminum RadiatorsR15 – R25
Insulated Aluminum WireR10 – R15

Scrap Steel Prices in South Africa

Steel, being the most recycled material worldwide, is always in high demand across various sectors like construction, manufacturing, and automotive. Scrap steel prices in South Africa typically fluctuate between ZAR 1.2 – ZAR 2.4 per kilogram. However, stainless steel often commands higher prices due to its increased quality and durability.

Type of SteelPrice Range (R per kilo)
Shreddable SteelR1.50 – R2.50
Stainless SteelR10 – R15
#1 Heavy Melting SteelR2 – R3
#2 Heavy Melting SteelR1.50 – R2.50
Steel TurningsR1 – R2
Plate & Structural SteelR2 – R3
Steel Motor BlocksR1.50 – R2.50

Scrap Iron Prices in South Africa

Iron, due to its wide industrial applications, is a prevalent scrap metal. In South Africa, the price for scrap iron usually falls within ZAR 1.1 – ZAR 2 per kilogram. The type of iron scrap (cast iron, wrought iron) and its contamination level significantly influence the price.

Scrap Brass Prices in South Africa

Brass, a copper and zinc alloy, is highly valued for its resistance to corrosion and aesthetic appeal. It’s used extensively in fixtures, fittings, and musical instruments. The prices for scrap brass in South Africa generally range between ZAR 42.5 – ZAR 52 per kilogram, contingent on the brass scrap’s quality, quantity, and form.

Top 10 scrap yards in South Africa

  1. SA Metal Group
    • Address: 2 Christian Rd, Philippi, Cape Town, 7785, South Africa
    • Phone: +27 21 690 3900
    • Website:
    • Metals Accepted: Ferrous metals, Non-ferrous metals
  2. Universal Recycling Company
    • Address: 12 Birmingham Rd, Benoni South, Benoni, 1501, South Africa
    • Phone: +27 11 845 3258
    • Website:
    • Metals Accepted: Copper, Aluminum, Lead, Brass, Nickel, Zinc
  3. Newco Recycling CC
    • Address: 20 Roger Dyason Rd, Pretoria West, Pretoria, 0183, South Africa
    • Phone: +27 12 327 6373
    • Metals Accepted: Ferrous and Non-ferrous metals
  4. Cape Metal Press
    • Address: 1 Kurland Rd, Perseverance Industrial, Cape Town, 7100, South Africa
    • Phone: +27 21 386 7555
    • Website:
    • Metals Accepted: Aluminum, Brass, Copper, Lead, Stainless Steel, Steel
  5. Collect-a-Can
    • Address: Aeroton, Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Phone: +27 11 466 2939
    • Website:
    • Metals Accepted: Steel cans, Aluminum cans
  6. Benoni Scrap Metal
    • Address: 48 Lake Ave, Benoni, 1501, South Africa
    • Phone: +27 11 421 4062
    • Metals Accepted: Ferrous metals, Non-ferrous metals
  7. Scrapnet Recycling
    • Address: 32 Steele St, Steeledale, Johannesburg, 2197, South Africa
    • Phone: +27 11 613 4116
    • Website:
    • Metals Accepted: All types of metal scrap
  8. All Scrap Metals
    • Address: 337 Main Rd, Wynberg, Cape Town, 7800, South Africa
    • Phone: +27 21 761 5909
    • Metals Accepted: Copper, Aluminum, Brass, Lead, Zinc
  9. Port Elizabeth Scrap Metals
    • Address: 38 Burman Rd, Deal Party, Port Elizabeth, 6012, South Africa
    • Phone: +27 41 486 1911
    • Metals Accepted: Ferrous metals, Non-ferrous metals
  10. Vanderbijlpark Scrap Metals
    • Address: 1 Kobalt St, Vanderbijlpark S. E. 7, Vanderbijlpark, 1911, South Africa
    • Phone: +27 16 932 1490
    • Metals Accepted: Ferrous and Non-ferrous metals

Please be sure to verify this information before making any decisions, as details like addresses, phone numbers, and accepted metals can change over time.

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Top 20 Scrap Metal Types and Estimated Prices in South Africa

Scrap Metal TypeEstimated Price Per Kilogram (ZAR)
Copper – #198.0
Copper – #287.0
Copper Wire83.0
Aluminium – Extruded10.0
Aluminium – Mixed6.5
Stainless Steel – 30414.5
Stainless Steel – 31621.5
Steel – Heavy Melt2.4
Steel – Light Iron1.2
Brass – Yellow52.0
Brass – Red48.0
Iron – Cast2.0
Iron – Wrought1.7
Lead – Soft22.0
Lead – Wheel Weights9.0
Zinc – Old8.5
Zinc – New11.0
Nickel – 30489.0
Nickel – 316107.0
Car Batteries6.0

Please remember that these prices are estimates, and actual prices can vary due to market conditions and the quality of the scrap metal. If you would like some more specific and accurate prices then please navigation to the regional sections of our website

We also provide updated scrap metal prices for other countries across the world here:

United States
New Zealand
United Kingdom

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Port Elizabeth
East London
Somerset West

Trade (Buy and Sell) Scrap Metals in Our Comment Section!

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  • Name: John Doe
  • Metal: Scrap Copper
  • Quantity: 100 kg
  • Price: AUD 800
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2 years ago


I’m very pleased with your price on aluminium cans in Cape town.

Is there a way that I can sell mine
directly to you?

Kind regards

2 years ago

how much is coper price per kg in limpopo currently

2 years ago

Is it true that you get R1 to 2 for each aluminum can?

Branden Vogel
Branden Vogel
2 years ago

Good day I decided to start recycling ♻️ as much as possible and would like to get the necessary information from you guys would like to know with who can I talk to find out more about how it works .. I’m currently living in benoni and would like to know who can I contact to get more information on this matter ..

1 year ago

How much do you buy aluminium used beverage cans per kilogram?

1 year ago

How much for mild steel that you get in your different colours and casings. Scrap price per kg in eastern cape

1 year ago

I would like to know the price of aluminum cans/kg in isipingo

1 year ago
10 months ago

Can I directly sell cans

Suliman bulbulia
Suliman bulbulia
10 months ago

Hi good day could you kindly assist me by forwarding me companies in Johannesburg that you have stated that gives R1.00 a can .
Thanks in advance
Hope to get a reply