Your Scrap Metal Finds Are Worth Money

Your Scrap Metal Finds Are Worth Money

What would you say if I told you that you are throwing money away every time you go metal detecting? You are, and you may not even realize it. That is, unless of course you are one of the few that collects and recycles scrap metals. All of that Aluminum, Brass, Copper and even Iron that you find, is worth money.

Recycled scrap metal prices can vary depending on what recycling center you sell your scrap metal to, but no matter what the current prices are, it’s all profit for the metal detectorist willing to be patient and save those ‘junk’ finds.

For entertainment purposes, I did a quick search for scrap metal prices, and came across this page that shows prices of various metals for the month of March 2014.

What I found was interesting because I had no idea that some of the common finds that detectorists routinely find and throw away are actually somewhat valuable. I can’t tell you how many brass harmonica or organ reeds I’ve tossed in the trash can. No telling how many pieces of copper wire or aluminum cans I’ve thrown away without a second thought.

Here are some examples of the values of some of our common ‘junk’ finds, borrowed from this page.

# 1 COPPER $2.60
# 2 COPPER $2.50
BRASS $1.80
LEAD $0.45

Obviously, these numbers will fluctuate, but this example gives you a general idea of what you could be selling your scrap metal finds for.

Now, a few of you are sitting there thinking “I thought everyone recycled their scrap metals.” Well, not everyone, and those are the people that this article is geared towards. Sure, I knew that scrap metals could be sold, but I could never be bothered with actually trying to save my scrap and recycle it.


So, what can you do to get started recycling your scrap metal finds? Well, one great way to organize your scrap metals is to use plastic 5 gallon buckets. They are affordable, easy to carry, heavy-duty, stack-able, and won’t rip or tear when they’re full of jagged metals. Just label each bucket and start saving!

When you fill a bucket, take it to your nearest recycling center and sell it for extra cash. It’s all profit, and you earned it when you dug it out of the ground and carried it back home. You could even save all of your scrap metal until your birthday, or your significant others birthday and then cash it in for some extra gift money.

No matter how you spend it, cash is cash! You’ve been wanting that new detecting accessory that you’ve been talking about for a long time. Recycling is an easy way to come up with the extra money that you need. You will be getting an awesome metal detecting upgrade and you will be helping the environment at the same time.

You Can’t Beat That!

Final Thoughts

Next time you get that sweet sounding signal, and dig down 9 inches through roots and rock only to see an aluminum can, don’t get mad and curse it under your breath. Instead, count it as one step closer to your new toy.

Now, the only question left to ask is… What are you going to buy with your extra money!?

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There are 10 comments for this article
  1. Ken Ward at 10:24 am

    I have been saving my scrap for many years. I work next door to a scrap yard. So it is easy for me to stop by and sell my junk.. I take my wife out to eat. She don’t mind me going out metal detecting. So that is her reward… KEN,, IND.

  2. James Bujnowski at 5:59 pm

    Been doin that for years. Now then I walk the woods Scouting for a detectin place, detectin, or Geo-caching
    and I come across Aluminum cans, wire, or brass I take it home. It not only impropes the environment but
    as you stated adds much needed cash to my hunting fund. seems the more you do it the more you find.
    thanks for the article. keep up the good work.

  3. Taylor Bishop at 7:09 am

    Thanks for helping me learn more about scrap metal. You mentioned that there are two kinds of copper, #1 and #2. I’m interested to learn more about the differences between these, or at least how you can tell the difference between them so that you can organize them appropriately.

  4. Derek Dewitt at 9:26 am

    I had no idea that just aluminum cans could be worth $0.60. I always forget to recycle things like this at home, so I might need to get a separate bucket or bin for them. I think this would be a good way to help the earth and make some money back.

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