Metals We Accept

We Buy Scrap Metal

Astro City Scrap Metal accepts most non-ferrous metals, like copper, aluminum, brass, alloys, and stainless steel. In addition, the scrap we purchase comes in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from large appliances to insulated wiring.

If you are asking why you should bring your scrap metal to Astro City, or whether it is even worth recycling, we can offer answers! Our team has advanced equipment that utilizes technology which can detect the purity of your scrap. This ensures that you are getting the highest, top-dollar amount for your scrap.

Additionally, if you are an electrician, and bring insulated wiring to our facility, we have professional wire strippers that will strip your wire while you wait. These services make our scrap metal yard a preference among individuals and Houston businesses alike.

As to whether scrap metal is worth recycling, it absolutely is! Reports estimate that the energy consumption for recycling or refining scrap metal is 80-90% less than what it takes to directly mine the metal.

Not only that, but you are taking steps to prevent your scrap from ending up in the landfills. Recycling metal is a great way to protect the Earth and ensure we make our metal supply last.

If you have scrap metal that you would like to recycle, consider calling Astro City for more information about what we do and do not accept. In addition, by calling today you can speak with a friendly team member who will take the time to answer any questions you have!

A Few Things to Know!

If this is your first time bringing your scrap metal to a scrap yard, there are a few things to know. First and foremost, most scrap yards take specific types of metals and ask that you sort them ahead of time. This is especially important if you want to get the best dollar amount from your scrap.

For instance, some scrap yards accept both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. However, ferrous metals tend to have a lower payout rate than non-ferrous materials. As a result, sorting one from the other gives you the benefit of getting the most for your scrap.

Additionally, most metals are priced based on their quality ratings. Bare and bright copper, for instance, has a high purity and therefore will bring you a larger payout than copper pipes which may have alloys mixed in.

Astro City Accepts Non-Ferrous Metals

You might be asking ‘what is a non-ferrous metal?’ The primary difference between ferrous and non-ferrous materials is that the former is mostly iron. Additionally, most ferrous metals are magnetic.

Non-ferrous, on the other hand, are typically corrosion resistant and non-magnetic.

A few non-ferrous metals, like copper, have a high conductivity rating which makes them ideal for use in electrical wiring. The high corrosion and rust resistance means that non-ferrous metals like aluminum are used for road signs and roofing.


This precious metal has been in use for thousands of years. Today, the high conductivity of copper means that it is frequently used in electrical wiring. It is also frequently used in non-stick cookware and plumber’s pipes. Astro City accepts all different types of copper scrap including:

  • Bare and bright
  • Insulated wiring
  • Number 1
  • Number 2
  • THHN Cable and Wire, or HR Wire


Aluminum is used for an assortment of items. For instance, it is commonly used to make car parts, soda cans, bicycle frames, and other items. Additionally, you can find it in electronics like gaming consoles, televisions, and computers.

One of the best qualities of aluminum is that it can be recycled many times over without losing volume. It is bought and used for thousands of manufactured goods which means less materials are ending up in the landfill. The following is a sample of aluminum scrap we accept:

  • Wheels
  • Transformers
  • Aluminum sheets and extrusions


An alloy metal is composed of two or more metals in addition to a non-metal material. These metals are known to have a high resistance to corrosion and rust which makes them useful for an abundance of items. Astro City accepts the following types of alloy metals:

  • Hastelloy. Considered a ‘superalloy’ within the metal industry and is made up of two or more corrosion resistant metals.
  • Titanium. This material is one of the most abundant metals on the planet, with most of it being located in the Earth’s crust.
  • Incoloy. Nickel-based ‘superalloys’ that are specifically created to be resistant to corrosion and able to withstand high temperatures.
  • Monel. Is found in sheets, plates, and flat and round bars.
  • Metals with Nickel. Nickel is a popular material that is used in creating alloy metals. Kitchen items, food processing equipment, and medical equipment are often made of nickel or similar material.


This type of metal is frequently used in the manufacturing of hardware, pipes, sprinklers, and weather-stripping. And, if you take a look around your home you might find various home decor that has an element of brass in it. Door knobs and antiques are often made with brass.

Insulated Wires

Astro City Scrap Metal takes materials from large corporations and individuals alike. In today’s digitally driven environment, many electricians turn in pounds of electrical and insulated wiring. Whether this is copper or aluminum wire, we accept it!

Furthermore, our team has professional wire strippers that will perform their job while you wait. Stripping the wire helps us determine what the weight of the actual metal is, and therefore allows us to offer you a better price!

And more!

Most of what Astro City takes in is non-ferrous metal. However, one exception is stainless steel. We are glad to accept this metal along with larger equipment that needs to be recycled. For instance, we will buy your radiators, carbide inserts, and containers.

You can prevent these items and so much more from ending up in the landfill. Recycling is environmentally friendly, and puts extra cash in your pocket. Call Astro City today for more information about our services and location. We look forward to seeing you soon!