bare bright

Bright and shiny stripped copper wire only. Tarnish, corrosion, any other material excludes it from this grade. VERY strict

#1 copper

#1 copper – stripped copper wire with no thinning. Bright and shiny wire can go with this but if separated is worth more.

#1 copper

#1 – Clean Pipe

no other material — no solder, glue, paint, steel, etc

#1 copper

#1 copper – clean pipe, wire, and bright and shiny flashing. No glue, paint, solder, or any other material is permitted in any amount

#1 copper

#1 copper – corrosion is ok until is it so severe that you can’t tell if solder is present. In that case, it becomes #2 copper

#1 and #2

#2 copper – boiler coils once cut off from steel plate

# 2 copper

#2 copper – rubber gasket inside crimp makes this #2

#2 copper

#2 copper – copper with small amounts of other materials such as chrome, solder, paint, glue, but not steel

#2 copper

#2 copper –  examples of solder paint and glue

# 2 copper

#2 copper – a small amount of solder – a wipe or drop makes this #2

lite copper(sheet copper)

Lite/sheet copper – clean flashing (paint tar ok in very small amounts) copper pots, trays, copper lamps. No other materials. Look for and remove steel in rims of pots.

lite copper

Lite copper – copper lamps – verify not brass by scratching. Yellow is brass, orange is copper. All steel, glass, and sockets need to be removed.

lite copper

copper flashing


dirty lite – ice dam

Ice dam in any amount makes this dirty sheet copper. If you have a large piece with a small bit of ice dam it’s worth cutting the ice dam off.  

dirty lite – wood

sheet copper/ copper flashing with other materials attached. Typically paid at 1/3 of clean sheet price


Composition bronze – alloys with 85% copper or higher. Most DWV and cast sweat fittings, many valves if any brass or other material has been removed

Clean Brass

bronze and copper screens
are paid as brass because of their poor recovery ratio


Brass – copper pots with a steel rod around the rim or brass handle frames is paid brass price.  Any porcelain would need to be removed to be paid as brass. If brass handle and steel rod are removed this would go in sheet copper with clean flashing

Very Clean Brass

brass  with no other materials chromed ok – very strict

Mixed Brass

Brass of all types with small amounts of other materials. Remove handles and it is clean brass and a higher price.

Aluminum rads

aluminum radiators – as aluminum if clean. Worth about 1/4 of aluminum if plastic is still attached.

80% copper wire

THHN or any copper wire larger than 14ga and less than 5/8 inch diameter conductor with thin insulation. Wire with thick insulation or tinned will be a lower value grade

 #2 wire 


Thick rubber insulated wire. very often tinned so once stripped would be #2. Not typically worth stripping and the same price as data, telecom wire


data, tel, power cords

 low % copper wire – thermostat, telephone, data, power cords, extension cords, larger diameter wire with very thick insulation, jumper cables, welding leads, dryer power cords

Aluminum extrusions

Aluminum extrusions

worth about 25% more than aluminum. 6061 alloy is most common. shapes made through a die that can’t be made from folding.

 Aluminum bx

 Aluminum bx with copper wires inside. Check with magnet to verify not steel


Lead flashing

clean lead – very small amounts of paint tar or silicone ok. Ice dam makes this worth close to zero.

Dirty Lead

Lead with any ice dam, shingles or large amounts of other materials. We will take dirty lead but will pay very little for it.

Silver plate

silver plated flatware, trays, bowls, etc. no steel. Keep  knives separately. They are worth a lot less.

Steel bx

steel bx with copper wire inside

white metal

diecast and zinc. It can be recognized by white powdery corrosion and often has mold data stamped or molded into it.

white metal (b)

diecast and zinc – note kitchen faucet housing is sometimes diecast