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Are you a tradesperson who regularly works with metal or wiring? Have you recently renovated your home or updated your household appliances? Then the chances are that you have some scrap metal to hand which could be weighed in at Kas Metal! But did you know that certain metals are worth significantly more than others when it comes to weighing them in? When recycling your scrap metals, it is always helpful to know which are the most valuable. We have put together this handy guide detailing not only the top 5 most valuable metals to weigh in, but where they are typically found.

Which Scrap Metals Are Worth The Most Money?

Firstly, non-ferrous metals, that don’t contain iron are typically worth more than ferrous metals that do, in addition to the obviously high values of pure silver and gold.

  1. Copper
    In terms of metals found around the home, copper is one of the most common and is the most highly sought after at scrap yards. It is often used in the plumbing of kitchens and bathrooms because of its natural antimicrobial properties as well as being found in wiring within house hold electrical appliances. Refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, microwaves and dishwashers all contain copper wiring in addition to the heating elements used in stoves and electric kettles. There are different grades of copper and they can effect it’s pricing. Find out about them here.

  2. Brass
    Brass is a tarnish resistant yellow-coloured metal made from copper and zinc that can be found in objects that have locks, hinges, gears, bearings, zips, plumbing, hose couplings, valves, electrical plugs and sockets. Brass is also commonly used to make ornaments and musical instruments. Learn more about the types of brass that we buy here.

  3. Cable
    A cable is a wire that is contained in a protective casing and is used to carry an electrical current. The most common type of metal used to make a cable is copper although the lower cost price of aluminium and steel is making these metals more frequently used in wiring despite their lower conductivity than copper. Any electrical equipment will contain wires; computer hard drives, microwaves, kettles, televisions and extension cords are common examples of where to find them. The types of scrap cable we buy can be found here.

  4. Aluminium
    Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust making up around 8.1%. It is a silvery-white, lightweight metal that is soft and malleable which makes it ideal for manufacturing a huge variety of products including cans, foils, kitchen utensils, window frames, beer kegs and aeroplane parts. We have an article about scrapping aluminium here.

  5. Lead
    Lead is a heavy metal that is denser than most common materials which can be found in all parts of our environment – the soil, the water and the air. It is used in a wide variety of items found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramic tiles, pipes and plumbing materials, weights, solders, storage batteries, cable covers and cosmetics. Click here for our detailed guide to scrapping lead.

Weighing In Your Scrap Metal With Kas

Weighing in scrap copper, copper cabling, lead, aluminium or any other non-ferrous metals can make for a nice pay day if the quantity and the metal type is right. Weighing-it-in with Kas Metal is quick and simple. The best part is that we pay SAME DAY for items brought to us before 4.00pm.

We base all our prices on the London Metal Exchange, guaranteeing our suppliers the best value.  To get the latest prices, please call 01942 88 33 22.

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