If you want to know what the latest Harris County TX scrap prices near me are, give the experts at Astro City Scrap Metal a call. We’ll give you the most up-to-date scrap metal market prices.
At Astro City Scrap Metal, we know you may not have time for a phone call just to hear the latest scrap prices. That’s a-ok! Let’s take a look at some basic questions about scrap metal.
What are current Harris County TX scrap prices near me?
We know you don’t want to hear this, but scrap metal prices are constantly changing because they are based on the current market demand. But don’ despair! We can give you price ranges, as well as some general standards about which metals are considered valuable.
Also, scrap metal is almost universally priced by the pound. You almost certainly won’t be paid by scrap.
Ferrous versus non-ferrous
Non-ferrous metals are almost always worth more than ferrous metals. Non-ferrous metal is a metal that is not magnetic. Ferrous metals, on the other hand, are magnetic.
Thankfully, there’s an easy way to test your metal. Use a magnet–even one off the fridge!
If a magnet sticks to your metal, it’s ferrous, and you probably won’t want to sell it. However, if a magnet does not stick, you have a non-ferrous metal that is likely worth selling. Typical non-ferrous metals include copper, most stainless steel, brass, many alloys, aluminum, insulated wires, and more.
Copper is one of the most valuable scrap metals out there. Depending on the type of copper scrap, you can get anywhere from 50 cents to $4.00 per pound. The more copper your scrap has, the higher the selling price.
There are two types of brass: yellow and red. Red brass often sells for more, around $2.75 per pound, while yellow may sell around $2.30 per pound. However, both are considered higher-paying scrap metals.
Selling prices for wires vary quite a bit. A high recovery wire will sell very high, about $3.75 per pound. On the other hand, you may only get $1.65 per pound for a No. 2 insulated wire.
Aluminum is very common and has a lower selling price. Both extruded aluminum and 60/61 aluminum will typically sell for less than $1 per pound. So, you’ll need a lot of aluminum to make a decent profit.
Why does copper scrap sell for so much?
There two reasons copper will give you the most bang for your buck: high demand and low inventory.
Copper is la creme de la creme for a number of reasons. In fact, it’s actually become even more popular in recent years. Here are the top reasons why.
Copper is a metal superhero. It can kill and prevent bacterial growth!
This is particularly helpful in the medical realm, where copper is currently trending. A copper surface will remain sterile far longer than any other metal surface.
The cooking industry is another place where copper’s antimicrobial properties come in handy. When other metals degrade, they allow bacteria to start growing in your pots and pans. That won’t happen with copper.
In fact, electricians say copper is the best electrical conductor out there. Copper transfers electricity very quickly and safely. Further, it actually uses less electricity than other metals, so your energy bills will be lower.
Copper objects last far longer than other metals. Pure copper pots and pans can last a lifetime. With copper cookware, you won’t get wartorn pots and pans every few years.
You can recycle copper a thousand times over without losing any properties. Other metals lose properties each time they are recycled. Some you can’t recycle.
So, we know how valuable copper is, but there’s one more crucial factor that drives those prices up: copper is hard to come by.
Copper mines are closed. In addition, there are no longer simple ways to get copper from the earth. You’d have to do some major, controversial exploding to mine copper.
Further, there are few copper factories left. When you combine high demand with low inventory, you get price hikes. People desperately want copper and know it’s hard to find, so they are willing to pay top dollar for it.
Is selling scrap metal worth it?
It would be pretty difficult to make you’re living solely by finding and selling metal scrap to a local scrap yard. You’d also be doing some hard labor and not-so-fun activities like dumpster diving. However, recycling your own scrap metal is definitely worth the trouble.
Metal truly is all around us. Window frames, fridges, drill bits, plumbing fixtures and fittings, pipes, automobile and aircraft parts, wires, cars, etc. all have metal. Each time you replace home fixtures or auto parts, check to see if it has metal before you toss it.
In addition, ask your friends and family if you can collect their scrap metal and recycle it for them. Most people would love for you to take scrap metal off their hands, but you may have to share the spoils.
Our scrap metal prices are unbeatable. We guarantee to meet or beat competing scrap yards in Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas. We keep our prices up-to-date, so if you’re searching for Harris County TX scrap prices near me, give us a call.
We accept all non-ferrous metals
At Astro City Scrap Metal, we accept all non-ferrous scrap, which are metals that are not magnetic. If you’re unsure whether you have a non-ferrous metal, bring it over! We’ll test your metal for free, and if it’s non-ferrous, we’ll give you the best price per pound, guaranteed.
Metals we cannot buy or recycle
In addition to ferrous metals, there are products we cannot accept for legal and safety reasons. These include hazardous materials, such as freon, mercury, radioactive material, batteries, etc. You can view our full list of metals we d0 accept on our site.
Choose Astro City Scrap Metal as your local scrap yard
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Fun Facts about Harris County
- Harris County is home to 11 parks, including an arboretum, botanic gardens, and nature preserve.
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