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What Scrap Metal is Worth the Most?

Whether you’re a contractor that handles large amounts of scrap metal, or simply a homeowner that has some lying around, selling your scrap metal can be incredibly lucrative. 

These days, in the era of recycling, more and more people are making the decision to take their excess metal to scrap metal yards such as ours at Hill Metal Recycling

However, to really get the best price for your metal, it’s important to understand what materials are the most valuable. 

In this article, we’ll outline the most valuable types of scrap metal out there, giving you all the information you need to get a great price for your metal.


Good news. As well as being one of the most common household metals around, it is also one that scrap yards are always willing to take and will frequently pay decent sums for. Old household appliances are a good place to look for old copper parts, and most pipes used in plumbing tend to be made from copper.

So, if you’ve had any plumbing repairs done recently, be sure to grab any leftover copper and get down to your nearest scrap metal yard. 


Another popular metal that scrap metal collectors will welcome is aluminium. Most people think of aluminium in terms of drink cans and other kinds of packaging. But in actual fact, it can be found in all manner of household items, including computers, cars, game consoles and bicycles. 


One of the most profitable metals you’re likely to find is lead. However, it is one of the most difficult to obtain in its pure form. This is because of its toxic nature, so if you do want to scrap lead you need to ensure you take all the relevant precautions. It is also extremely heavy so can be tricky to transport, but most scrap metal merchants will be keen to recycle it.

Often the scrap metal yard will offer a collection service where they can visit your premises and take your lead away in person.

Stainless steel 

While it’s not quite as valuable as the metals previously mentioned, stainless steel is always worth taking to a scrap yard if you can find it. The reason it’s not quite as profitable is due to the fact that it’s extremely accessible and is one of the most common metals around.

However, if the steel also contains other metals (such as chromium, nickel or iron), this can see its value shoot up.   

What to do if you have scrap metal

If your home or business has scrap metal you need to discard, then look no further than Hill Metal Recycling. Our team of experts is well versed in dealing with all manner of scrap metal, including copper, steel, zinc, lead, aluminium and much more. Whether you work for a business that produces an abundance of scrap, a tradesman that wants to sell your scraps at the end of the day, or even just a homeowner who has excess scrap metal at home, feel free to head to our yard where we can offer you a competitive price. Alternatively, we can visit your property in Essex, Harlow or Hertfordshire to collect it directly from you. For more information on what we do, get in touch today.