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Deidre Lisenby August 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm

hi Dan,

I signed up as Dumpster Diva, but was not recognized when I returned today. Did I do something wrong. I’m not very computer savvy to say the least. Thanks.



Howard August 14, 2011 at 5:34 am

Hi Dan,

Love your website very informative . Can you tell me If there is any value in vacuum cleaners large or small. I would think that the electric motors might be worth something. Also with car alternators and starters, do most people scap them as is or also take off any wires attached. Did my first trip to the metal yard today. It make take me a while. I had a choice of dumping all to heavy or light iron pile and some light aluminum . I will have to learn to seperate stuff in seperate piles next time.

Thanks Again


ScrapMetalJunkie August 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Vacuum cleaners are a tricky item. Older ones (70s and older) are definitely worth taking apart, as you often find a large motor, and maybe some cast aluminum.

Some yards refuse to take new vacuums that are all plastic. If you can find a yard that DOES take plastic vacuums, then just cut the power cord off of it, and sell it to them without taking anything else out.


Al Rosenberger September 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Is there any good place to scrap out Silver plated dinnerware pieces? My mom does jewlery out of dinnerware handles and has lots of plated scraps left and the local scrapyardn here in Grand Rapids Mi. takes it only as steel prices. Currently 0.11 cents a pound. Thank you for any help.


ScrapMetalJunkie September 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Thanks for the question Al!

I would suggest taking the scrap silver plated dinnerware pieces to your scrap yard to sell as brass or copper. You may like this article I wrote up on Selling Scrap Silver Plate. It’s scrap value ranges anywhere from 1.50-3.50 per pound, and selling on eBay tends to draw prices like this very often. There are not many local Precious Metal refiners that would be interested in it, I’m guessing, as you probably don’t have enough volume for it to be worth their time.

I just called westside iron and metal ( and they buy scrap brass at $1.75 per pound. You may want to talk to those guys! Good Luck!


Jane Horne November 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Hello, if I have a press release regarding a possible article that I would like to have featured on your website, who would be the best person to send that to?


ScrapMetalJunkie November 10, 2011 at 3:42 am
Lucas March 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Hello there.
I was wondering if anyone could help me.
Iv been buying silver plate on copper to take to the scrap yard
But iv saw a few pieces that could be solid silver or have silver mounts
And I don’t really know how to tell.
Is there any identifying marks I should be looking for, for pure
Silver or having silver mounts??
Iv saw ” filled silver mounts” and ” silver mounted” but I’m not sure


Bagi September 11, 2012 at 4:17 am

I have a car engine. Where can I go to give them? and How much is one pound price?


john October 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Hi I have plenty of low alpha lead for sale from a renovation project could anyone please tell me who to sell it to?

Many thanks indeed


Kerry Day February 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Hi. Is the cover/top piece to a hard drive always stainless? I heard they can be sheet aluminum too? Thanks.


ScrapMetalJunkie February 17, 2013 at 5:12 am

I’ve never seen them made out of aluminum, but then again the really early designs were made out of all sorts of things.


ryan March 13, 2016 at 12:12 pm

I’ve seen them made of brass


david bryden April 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm

My hobby is metal detecting and continously dig up very old lead from Roman onwards. several kilos in fact.
How can I test it for Low Alpha.


Tim Moss/MOSS LANDSCAPING CO. April 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I have heard of several people taking about low alpha lead. I am a landscape-demolition guy out of NC. I recently cleared off a lot that had a 55 foot sailboat which was destroyed by fire. I salvaged the 5 ton keel. I have done some research and discovered that the lead could be worth 50x-200x regular scrap price. The boat is actually an historic vessel built in 1932. Does anyone know who I may sell this valuable commodity to?


Michael K. April 7, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I was wanting to know what is the price per pound of lead that was smelted prior to 1900. Also would it be ok for me to melt it into 2 blocks for easier shipping purposes?

Michael K.


Joe October 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Vacuums are easy to scrap, the expensive stand-up ones have motors that are usually worth an easy buck if not a $1.2o. Just wear safety glasses, gloves and swing a hammer at the bottom of the vacuum where the dirt is sucked in. There you will find the motor. Watch out for sharp plastic, that’s where the gloves come in. It takes less than 10 mins. The electric cord, which is usually over 2o ft long and contains 2 smaller copper wires is also worth money. You’ll find its not that boring to strip copper wire when you’re listening to music or tv.


Ralph Jones February 18, 2014 at 11:24 pm
reebecca jemison March 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

Do you have any information on scrapping a laser printer? Also, phone wire, speaker wire, cable TV wire – worth scrapping? Easy to do? Someone I know keeps throwing it away.


Michael Coffman March 30, 2014 at 7:56 pm

I’m not sure if you all got my question I sent the other day or not, so just for the heck of it I’ll ask again. I am a bit of a scrapper, but when it comes to this subject I am unsure what to do. I have a bunch of diecast cars that say they are 24k gold. They are mostly 1/24 scale, which means they are about 10 inches long, about 3 inches wide and 3 inches high or tall. So there is a lot of surface area thats been dipped in gold or whatever they do to coat them, theres got to be a way to extract the good gold from these tthings, and I would think you should be able to get a little ball of gold from each one. What do you think, and how the heck do I get it off of the car? Along with the 24 Karat gold ones, I have a bunch that are platinum coated, and I dont know if theres any worth to platinum or not. I am mostly curious about the 24K Gold cars! Thanks for your attention with this, and if you could shoot me an email, I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks Again!


kmcd April 16, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Michael Coffman-you should check eBay, looks like both the gold and platinum diecast cars are getting a pretty good price.


Rick May 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I’m in the business of upgrading insulated copper wire but I don’t know what to do with the insulation once it has been stripped from the wire. Does this have a value and who would buy it?


Cassie June 30, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Hi Dan:

I love your site but may I suggest another optional resource option garner higher metal values. Some are antique buyers & sellers in replacement or restoration pieces. Some silver plate service ware are sold as replacement or complete sets for higher retail values of complete sets. I’m a small dealer & yes there are larger dealers out there.

Also, include missing artist pieces done in metals. I’ve seen or discovered pieces scraped sad if properly identified, cataloged & enter the right market the value double to 100 fold value as scrap, eBay or Craig’s list. The issue higher valued items are lost pressure for quick profit turn-around. I understand it takes time & selling expense verify but the lost values seen cried over was a metal sculpture worth millions OUCH! Some stolen art museums or private collections.


Yasmeen July 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I have old air conditioner and heather please let me know where to take them for sale


bram August 4, 2014 at 9:22 am

I have 10 tons of Ultra Low Alpha lead tested by PTB with specs a(Pb-210)=(2,1 +- 0,7)mBq/g
Can you make a price of it.
It is scrap lead more than 120 years old and is comming from the sea.


Brian March 4, 2015 at 1:32 am

Can you refer me to someone who buys alpha lead? (I believe mine is dated to 1931). Location: NC. Thank you in advance.


scott deboard May 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm

wanting to scrap around 5-10 thousand pounds of alpha led that came out of a boat around war war 2 and its been exrayed and is 99% pure. Can you give me a price per lb? please feel free to call me asap at 336-908-0538…ty!!!


Pete June 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm

I have about 15m2 of lead flashing dating back to 1921 – therefore assume it’s low alpha. Is it worth us having a conversation about buy/sell?



Big Adam December 11, 2015 at 6:21 am

I have recently come across about 60 metric tons of low alpha lead. It is being salvaged off a 1850s shipwreck does anyone have any info or details about the value per /ton. Or a contact for a company that might be interested in purchasing a large quantity.


Sue September 5, 2016 at 11:40 am

Hi. Very informative website. I want to sell/remove Poseidon 15x 24 pool with extruded alum square deck that is 6x 15. How do I estimate what it’s worth? I live in MA how do I connect with someone to remove for me? Thank you for any help you can give me.


LOUISE Labrakis September 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm

I am looking for someone to take all parts of my above ground pool. I already took it apart.


Scott November 6, 2017 at 4:55 am

I thought you would like to know you misspelled the word “seperate”. Silly mistakes are a pet peeve of mine and they can ruin your website’s credibility. In the past I’ve used a tool like to keep mistakes off my website.

-Scott Matthews Sr


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