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What Are the Most Valuable Scrap Metals?

While scrap metal value is subject to a lot of fluctuation, there are still some metals that are more valuable when sold as scrap than others. Naturally, the most valuable scrap metal is copper, which is common knowledge, but what other scrap metals are valuable?

Here at Craddock Metal Recycling Limited, we have over 75 years of experience as scrap metal dealers, so we use our expertise to tell you about the most valuable scrap metals in our latest blog post below.


As mentioned above, copper is the most valuable metal and that is pretty common knowledge. While the market may fluctuate – as it does with anything – copper is almost always a safe bet for being the most valuable scrap metal you can hope to sell. Copper also has an almost infinite recycling life, meaning it doesn’t lose quality when recycled, which makes it lucrative for scrap metal dealers.

Pipes, wires, and electrical goods are all where you can find copper for recycling.


Second to copper is brass, which can look a bit like gold when polished but don’t be fooled. You can get a great price for brass at scrap yards, although not as much as gold, and it can be found in ornamental items such as door furniture and musical instruments.


Found in many places such as packaging, car parts, and bicycles, aluminium is one of the most valuable scrap metals. Part of this value is because of how efficient it is to be recycled: it can be recycled almost infinitely without losing quality.

Stainless Steel

Steel is perhaps one of the most common metals, which means it can’t really be classed among the most valuable. However, stainless steel is much more valuable and can sell for a great price at a scrap yard – especially if it’s a higher grade, clean, and well-maintained.

Stainless steel is most commonly found in the kitchen, with cutlery, kitchen equipment, and there might even be some in your fridge.


Lead is not very common at all anymore because it can be highly toxic. However, if you have lead knocking around, it can be of value to scrap yards because it is still used in the production of some things, such as larger batteries for cars. You might find old, lead pipes and perhaps old lead weights that you can take to a scrap yard.

If you do have lead to scrap, be careful when handling it and beware that it may be extremely heavy.


An unexpected addition to this list, and not something very common, silver is extremely valuable to scrap yards and you may even get a higher price scrapping it than selling it to a jeweller. Not all scrap yards will accept silver, or they may need you to bring a decent quantity to make it worth their while, though, so keep that in mind.

Worth Keeping in Mind

There are plenty of metals that have a substantial value to scrap metal dealers, so it’s always worth remaining aware of what you can get for your money. If you can, keep an eye on the trading prices, although these tend not to affect dealers too much.

That’s said, if you have an amount of any of the metals above, it’s definitely a good idea to take it to be scrapped. For more information on where to look, we have a blog post about where to find recyclable metals in your home.

Craddock Metal Recycling Limited

If you’re based in Warwickshire, Bromsgrove, or Stratford and have metal to scrap, contact Craddock Metal Recycling Limited today by calling 01527 66866 or filling out our simple contact form and we will be able to help.