See our Scrap Metal Prices (click here) page for current prices on all types of aluminum.
Cast Aluminum is one of the most common aluminum types. See the picture below for an example of what it can look like. Cast AL is a lower value aluminum and is produced by casting a molten mix of grades 356 and 380 aluminum.
- To receive full value you must clean the AL by removing all contaminants such as iron, glass, wood excessive glue or caked on paint.
- Aluminum is non-magnetic and so be sure to check with a good magnet for iron contaminants.
Sheet Aluminum is a widely used type of 3000 and 3003 grade aluminum. See the picture below for an example of what it can look like.
- The sheet aluminum category encompasses all the different products made from sheet aluminum, even though many of them don’t look like sheet.
- Sheet is a lower value aluminum like cast AL.
- Sheet AL must also be kept free of non-aluminum metals, glass, wood or other contaminants.
- Use your magnet if you are unsure because all aluminum is non-magnetic.
Aluminum Beverage Cans is the most famous and commonly used type of aluminum. See the picture below for an example of what aluminum cans look like.
- Cans can be crushed or uncrushed, just make sure they are empty.
- Cans must be free of dirt, ice, or other debris.
- Pet food cans may be included with beverage containers.
- Note that aluminum foil or other aluminum sheet food containers are typically considered sheet aluminum and must be kept separate from your cans.
- Note that the value of aluminum cans is different in each state and that the CRV value printed on the can is not currently valid in Utah or in many other states that do not have what is called a “Bottle Bill” instituted.
- Be sure to keep other types of aluminum, such as foil wrap etc. out of your cans. Each type of aluminum has a different value and should be kept separate.
Extruded 6063 Aluminum is typically used in window and climbing ladder applications. See the photo below for an example of what Extruded Aluminum looks like.
- As the name implies, this type of aluminum is formed by extruding it.
- It can be difficult to differentiate Extrusions from folded and formed sheet aluminums. Look for faint brush like lines or 90 degree angles that are the result of the extruding process.
- All glass, wood, and insulators must be removed from the Extruded Aluminum for it to be considered clean.
Insulated EC Wire is used throughout the world as an important current carrying wire. EC stands for Electrical Conductor. See the photo below for an example of what Insulated EC Wire looks like.
- Almost always insulated with a black enamel/plastic.
- Never reinforced by steel, should only be aluminum and insulation.
- We do not recommend you strip this type of wire. Although the bare aluminum doubles in value, there is so much insulation weight lost that it doesn’t merit the labor required to strip the wire.
EC Wire (Non-Insulated) is a very pure, high grade aluminum wire. EC stands for Electrical Conductor. See the picture below for an example of what Aluminum EC Wire can look like.
- Must be stripped of all enamel/rubber/plastic insulation and other contaminants.
- The aluminum used in EC Wire is usually at least 99.5% pure.
- Holds a relatively high value compared to other aluminums.
6061 Aluminum is the most commonly used aluminum alloy. See the picture of 6061 below for an example of what it looks like.
- 6061 AL is found in auto rims, bicycle frames, aircraft, scuba tanks, yachts, automobiles and many other applications.
- Often tooled or extruded during manufacturing.
- 6061 is a high value aluminum alloy.
Aluminum Alloy Rims are a high-end 356 grade aluminum item that are in wide use. See the picture below for an example of what it can look like.
- We do not require the removal of lead wheel weights to receive full value for you rims.
- The tire must be removed to receive full value for the rim, however we will still buy aluminum rims with tires on them, but at a considerably reduced price (generally around 30% of full value).
- Watch for chromed steel rims that can look like AL rims, but are not. (Use your magnet)
ACSR is stranded cable that is commonly recycled due to its usage by power line companies for overhead and ground wire installations, river crossings, and ground wire. ACSR stands for Aluminum Conductors Steel Reinforced. See the picture below for an example of what aluminum ACSR wire can look like.
- The center strand is steel, while the outer strands are aluminum.
- Be sure to check the wire with your magnet in order to tell the difference between ACSR and the 100% aluminum EC Wire.
MLC CLIP is a common mix of 1100, 3003, 3004, 5005, 5052, 6061 and 6063 aluminums. MLC stands for Mixed Low Copper. See the picture below for an example of what it can look like.
- This is an aluminum product with a sheet like appearance, free of any forien elements such as paint etc.
- Clip usually holds a mid range price, better than Sheet or Cast but not as high as Extrusions and Alloy Rims.
Aluminum Turnings and Slag are common byproducts from factories and shops using various grades of aluminum. See the picture below for an example of what Aluminum Turnings and Aluminum Slag look like.
- Both these items are priced on a case by case scenario due to their varying levels of contamination.
- AL Turnings has excessive weight caused from cooling liquids, which lowers its scrap value.
Dirty Aluminum/Aluminum Breakage is the industry term for aluminum that is contaminated with iron, glass, wood or any other excessive particulate.
- Common examples are auto parts, AL pots and pans, sheet metal with staples or wood and glue, window frames that have glass or screws etc.
- We don’t recommend you spend the time to clean your aluminum, but if you chose to then you will usually see its value double.
- AL Transmissions are given a separate, lesser value category due to the high levels of steel and low level of of aluminum.
For information about Aluminum Transmissions and Aluminum Radiators please see our Cars/Trucks page.