What is the most valuable scrap metal? pile of scrap copper pipes

Short answer: copper is the most valuable scrap metal in the UK. Depending on what form you sell it in (i.e., wire, pipes, etc.) you could get up to £4,5000 per tonne.

The idea of recycling and repurposing scrap metal isn’t anything new – in fact, there’s evidence from as early as 400BC of the romans melting down old copper coins to build statues!

The scrap metal industry really took off in the 1960s with what some call the ‘scrap revolution’, and with the developments in technology between then and now, we’re now able to recycle scrap metal on a much larger scale. Let's take a look at how much you could earn by selling your scrap metal.


What is the most valuable scrap metal?

Here are the top 3 most valuable scrap metals in the UK:


1. Copper

Copper is by far the most valuable scrap metal. Copper wire can sell for anywhere between £3,000 - £4,500 per tonne, and copper in other forms (e.g., pipes) sells at £2,600 - £3,600 per tonne. The third most valuable scrap metal is also copper - specifically braziery copper. Braziery copper is copper that has already been soldered or painted, and sells for £2,300 - £3,500 per tonne. Although not quite as valuable as copper in its purer forms, you can still get quite a pretty penny for it.


2. Brass

Although not quite as valuable as copper, brass is also a relatively valued scrap metal. If you’re interested in selling brass scrap, you can expect to receive anywhere between £2,000 - £3,000 per tonne.



Scrap lead can come in a manner of different forms, from lead pipe to fishing weights. Either way, you can generally expect to receive between £900 - £1,600 per tonne for scrap lead.

If you’d like to compare the prices of various scrap metals from cable to copper, brass to braziery, head on over to the A&L Scrap Recycling website! We have recent prices on all manner of scrap metals, so you can get a straightforward figure as to how much your scrap metal is worth.

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Why sell scrap metal? 

Selling unwanted scrap metal can earn you more money than you might think! There are also a wide range of other benefits that come with scrap metal recycling, including reducing pollution, saving resources, and reducing waste that would otherwise go to land fill. If you find yourself with a heap of unwanted scrap metal, choosing to sell it to a recycling centre like A&L Scrap Dealers is an environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted scrap, and can also leave you with a bit of pocket money for a rainy day.

If you have any questions about scrap prices or would like a quote for scrap metal you’re hoping to sell, reach out and contact A&L Recycling today. We can inform you of the most recent prices, and give you a bespoke quote as to how much we’ll pay for your scrap metal.

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