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The Best Kinds Of Scrap Metal To Sell For Highest Prices In Sydney

Most Scrap Metals that metal recycling facilities buy and process are usually non-ferrous metals.

A simple definition of non-ferrous metal is a metal that does not contain iron (Fe). Nonferrous metals include copper, aluminium, lead, zinc, lead, etc.

Copper alloys like brass and bronze also fall into this category (a copper alloy is a composite metal that has more copper in it than the other metals present, hence “copper” alloy as it is called).

Star Copper Scrap does, however, recycle stainless steel and steel, which often contain iron and are therefore classed as ferrous metals.

Selling Scrap Metal Not Only Makes You Money but It Is Great for Our Environment and a Socially Responsible Act in Terms of Sustainability and Planet Earth!


The highest value scrap metal, a prized possession for recycling facilities is copper scrap metal, particularly Bright Shiny Copper.  You can sell copper wire, copper pipe and bright shiny copper to scrap metal junkyards for premium prices compared to other scrap metals.

Copper is easily alloyed with other metals, in fact, most gold contains some copper and bright and shiny copper can sometimes contain some gold! Copper is a superior metal and has a ‘super heat transfer’, high conductivity and corrosion resistance capabilities making it a crucial metal in the telecommunications industry.

A Little Information On The History of Copper Metal

Historically, copper is recorded in historical research as being ‘the first metal’ with instances discovered of its use well over 10,000 years ago. HIstorically it was also a metal featuring prominently in the statues and artifacts of Egyptian culture. Copper in Egypt was important both religiously and practically employed in various inventions and engineering at that time in history.

Traces elements of copper are even essential to the human diet!  Copper is a very important metal all round.  It is no wonder copper fetches the best and highest prices of all the scrap metals you can sell for recycling.

If you would like to learn everything about Copper here is a helpful PDF of facts about copper metal.

Bright & Shiny Copper (Most Valuable Copper Scrap Metal)

Bright Shiny Copper is exclusive to bare, uncoated and unalloyed (not mixed and smelted with other metals) copper wire or copper cable.  This is most often referred to as ‘bright and shiny copper”. This term refers to copper wire, only; no other copper scrap metal has this classification.

Bright and Shiny Copper is the most valuable and highest return to sell of all copper scrap metals.

Grade 1 Copper (Second Most Valuable)

No 1 copper include bars, clippings, commutator segments and wire. When selling to a scrap metal recycler it should be clean in appearance, unalloyed and uncoated (no paints or coatings should be present). Clean copper tubing and pipes are also classified in this grade if they are free of fittings, insulation, paint, solder (an alloy coating that is usually lead-based) or any other materials. There should be virtually no sign of corrosion or oxidation to win the highest prices paid for Grade 1 Copper Scrap Metal.

Grade 2 Copper (Third Most Valuable)

No 2 Copper has a dirty appearance and appears burnt to the eye. Miscellaneous unalloyed copper wire, copper pipe or solid copper metal may have solder, paint or some kind of other coating around its surface. Extension cords and outlets have this kind of copper in them.

Copper Scrap Metal & Demolition Sites

Demolition sites, especially those that are older and have old copper pipes, or in the modern day copper wiring in technology infrastructure, are heavily featured with copper scrap metal in need of disposal and recycling.  Much of the old plumbing and pipes of buildings over 60 years old backwards from the turn of the 20th century have copper in spades!  Copper will fetch you premium prices when selling it.  If you have a demolition site, you can have very high returns and get rid of your scrap metal waste all at the same time. How often does someone get paid good money for scrap? Well, I guess, with us, all the time, lol!

Did you know that the average home contains around 180kgs of copper metal in copper wiring, pipes, appliances, etc?


The most common and top of mind source of aluminium scrap metal to sell is the can from soft drinks. Most are manufactured from aluminium. Aluminium foil can be recycled but when it has been contaminated with food, metal recycling facilities will not encourage you to sell.

Aluminium can be used in wall claddings and is sometimes a metal that is found at demolition sites. Window frames and roofing materials can also be construction materials which will need recycling in demolition in the construction industry.  In fact, aluminium is the second most used construction metal after steel.

Other sources of aluminium can be the frames of bikes and mailboxes are actually made with aluminium. Sinks, computer parts, golf clubs, pots and pans (especially older ones), computer parts and bodies all have aluminium.  So don’t just throw all these things out.  Sell them for their scrap metal and make some good pocket money (sometimes much more than pocket money!).

Aluminium has been commonly used in framing for a lot of furniture so before you dispose of your furniture consider the fact that you can sell the aluminium to a scrap metal recycling facility too!

Aluminium Scrap Metal & Demolition Sites

Demolition sites can have tonnes of aluminium scrap metal as it is used widely in the construction industry in framing and sheeting, depending on the use and purpose.

Don’t forget that you can sell aluminium scrap from demolition sites for top dollar, as well!

Did you know that aluminium is the most abundant metal on planet earth?


When it comes to hospitality, and kitchen & commercial renovations, there is no better source of stainless steel scrap metal than a kitchen demolition, residential or commercial.

Appliances such as fridges, sinks, toasters, microwaves, jugs, cutlery and tableware including sconces, etc, much of the modern day cookware (such as pots and pans) all feature stainless steel as their structural metal.

Externally to demolition sites and sources of stainless steel scrap metal are old gardening equipment such as rakes, shovels, etc, outdoor furniture of many types.  These will all feature stainless steel as the main structural element in their design.

Commercially and industrially, stainless steel is used in elevators and escalators.

In transport and vehicle construction you will find stainless steel used heavily in construction for automobiles, trucks, bikes, trains and even aeroplanes!

So if you have any old cars laying around, or discover an aeroplane in your parents’ or grandparents’ backyard (and they do not want it anymore), you can always sell it to a scrap metal recycling company!

Stainless Steel Scrap Metal & Demolition Sites

Stainless steel is used widely in manufacturing and will be present in larger amounts in demolition sites, particularly demolition sites of commercial or industrial buildings or larger buildings where stainless steel and steel have been used as underpinnings or for structural integrity, as they most commonly are.  Stainless steel is a highly prized scrap metal sought after by scrap metal recycling facilities and will win high prices for returns when selling it.

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Did you know that stainless steel does not rust due to it containing another metal named chromium?

Car Scrapping

Do you have a car to scrap? Stainless steel is widely used in the construction of cars, bikes and trucks, well, many vehicles really…

Stainless steel is a crucial structural component in cars, so if you have a much loved but too old now, not so loved, worn out, just plain old or wrecked vehicle, it’s worth considering having a scrap metal recycler pick it up and get paid for the privelege!

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Bronze, like copper, was one of the first metals to be used historically in human civilisation.  In fact, we have ‘The Bronze Age’ as a defined era in our history.

You will find bronze used in statues and religious representations of gods, deities, religious artifacts, etc.  It was also a metal that has been used in wartime as well.

Bronze is a metal alloy.  This means that it has several metals within it.  These are usually copper and tin (this is why bronze is often shiny, due to the copper content and why it appears ‘yellow’ or ‘gold’).  It can also sometimes contain manganese, zinc or aluminium in modern day manufacturing.

In the modern-day sources of bronze scrap metal are discarded musical instruments, some artistic metal sculptures you may have inherited or discovered in a deceased relatives garage or attic.

Old medals and coins will often contain bronze. The maritime industry has many products fashioned in bronze such as boats; older boats, particularly, will have bronze as a foundation metal due to its properties resisting corrosion when exposed to salt water (salt water is actually ten times more corrosive than water).

Bronze also resists friction, therefore remains a cooler metal and as such is popular for bearings and bushing in industrial applications.

Did you know the ancient Sumerians were the first culture to use bronze metal?

Image of a brass musical instruments for Highest Prices Article by Star Copper Scrap, Scrap Metal Recycling Facility, Clyde, Sydney


Brass is a super useful metal.  It’s applications are vast.  Therefore, the opportunity for scrap metal sources of brass are equally as numerous!

Brass is also malleable making it easy to fashion in to shapes. Brass is a conductor making it useful for the technology industry, especially for heating and electricity. Like bronze, brass is also resistant to corrosion. Lastly, brass is incredibly resistant to ‘metal fatigue’, that is, pressure or use applied to the metal over time means it does not ‘wear’ or become as weakened with use over time. Brass, in this final respect, does not succumb easily to damage and nor does it fail as readily as other metals.

Sources of brass scrap metal are:

  • Old musical instruments
  • Railings & handles (particularly sourced from older buildings when replaced or from demolition sites)
  • Older ship hulls can contain brass
  • Compasses, watches, zippers, old paperweights
  • Locks and door handles (especially door handles and window latches from much older buildings)
  • Taps and hinges (again especially from older buildings)
  • Medals
  • Ornaments & functional metal holders (like table candelabras, candleholders, candle chandeliers, hurricane lamps, lanterns etc)
  • Plumbing fixtures – many plumbing fixtures have been traditionally, and still are, made from brass including faucets and sinks in bathrooms, bathtubs, bidets (yes, ye olde toilets!), saunas, urinals, you name it, the list continues on!

Car scrapping is a sure and profitable way to make some good money selling an old or wrecked vehicle to a scrap metal recycling facility. In fact, car radiators are made from brass!

Did you know that brass is one of the most significant metals in music and has played an integral role in the history of music itself?


Lead is a widely used metal and is another source of scrap metal to sell.  It usually can bring some good money if you have cars to scrap, particularly car batteries also!

Lead, of course, is used in ammunition. It has also been extensively used in pipes as, like bronze and brass, it has high corrosion resistant properties.

If you have any cable sheathing laying around you can sell this too as it will contain lead. Lead is used in construction for leading sheeting, especially in roofing. So if there is a demolition site, you can bet there is some lead in the offering to be sold for some moolah as well!

In the exercise industry, lead is used for weights!

Car scrapping is a way to make good money selling lead. Car batteries are also high in lead count.

Did you know that over half the lead used today (meaning half of ALL lead used in manufacturing) is used in car batteries?


Car scrapping is a lucrative source of scrap metal income.  In fact, scrapping any vehicle can have high returns as there are various metals that are used in the construction of automobiles and the like.

Among the metals you can scrap in a car are aluminium, brass, stainless steel, lead and soft lead, magnesium, iron and titanium.

Scrap metal recycling facilities get quite excited when there is a scrap metal vehicle on the cards. If you have an old, worn out vehicle now would be the time to get rid of it without the heavy lifting (leave that to us; we pick up scrap metal vehicles for FREE)!

According to caradvice.com.au, approximately 800,000 registered motor vehicles (excluding motorcycles) were scrapped between 2015 and 2016, or 4.4 per cent of the national vehicle fleet.

* There is not much information for later years readily available in the public domain, but we assume it is increasing as more cars have been bought over time and are being replaced for newer, more efficient models.


Car motors are a great source of scrap metal, having various scrap metal types in the manufacturing mix.  Any kind of electric motor will have valuable scrap metal a scrap metal junkyard will be glad to take off your hands for a good price!

Iron, cobalt and nickel are metals in electric motors, to name a few. Iron is actually the cheapest of the three metals just mentioned so it is found in higher quantities in these motors.

Lead and soft lead can be in electric motors and brass in radiators too!

Did you know that electricity travels at the speed of light, which is more than 186,000 miles per second? Even still, if a light switch in your home was connected to a light bulb on the moon, you could travel around the world eight times before the bulb would light up.

Source: Fourteen Little Known Facts About Electricity

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