The price of aluminum scrap is worth the sale

Aluminum is a metal that is almost 100 percent recyclable and can be reused almost indefinitely as a secondary raw material. Accordingly, scrap has a price that in many cases makes a sale worthwhile. In addition to the world market price, the purity of the scrap is price-generating.

Eleven scrap groups

In principle, any aluminum can be melted down again and used as raw material for the production of new components. Since there are certain restrictions due to the commonly alloyed scrap metals, the scrap with aluminum components is defined in eleven groups:

  • Pure aluminum
  • Cables and wires
  • Einzelknetlegierung
  • From two kneaded alloys of the same kind
  • From two kneaded alloys of different kinds
  • Cast aluminum
  • beverage cans
  • Cooler made of aluminum-copper mixtures
  • Grade pure aluminum chips
  • span mixtures
  • packaging remnants

In addition to belonging to the scrap group, the delivery state plays the main role in the pricing by scrap metal and scrap metal dealers. In most cases, they only accept and buy aluminum in the best possible clean condition. Cables and wires are only stripped and removed bare. Window and door frames may only have low adhesions, for example of silicone residues. Most traders set five percent attachments as the upper limit.

Price examples for typical aluminum scrap

Normally, the offered purchase prices are offered in tons and kilograms. An example list shows the approximate price ratio of the different scrap parts in the aluminum market:

  • Disassembled small parts 10 euro cents / kilogram (kg)
  • Castings 30 euro cents / kg
  • Bare wire / cable 50 eurocent / kg
  • Sheets 55 euro cents / kg
  • Window and door profiles with paint residues 60 euro cents / kg
  • Non-adhesive window and door profiles 70 euro cents / kg
  • Blanke car rims 1.15 Euro / kg
  • Aluminum copper cooler 1.50 Euro / kg

Anyone who cleans their aluminum and, for example, stripping window and door profiles, can enable sales and recoup higher revenues. It is also important to disassemble all controls and the locking mechanism. Ideally, the aluminum frames and profiles exempted from the window glass or the door panel are also thoroughly cleaned of adhesive and joint filler residues.

From twenty kilograms worthwhile

As a rule of thumb, it can be assumed that starting from a sales volume of about twenty kilograms of aluminum scrap, it is worth the effort to sell them. When disposing of window and door frames and profiles and cladding, this weight comes together quickly. A window profile with the side dimensions of one and two meters with central spar brings three to five kilograms on the scales.

The price of aluminum on the world market, which is around 1100 euros per ton shuttles, is another, however, not overly effective indicator of the aluminum price scrap. Significantly larger price increases result from regional supply and demand situations.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to sell a larger amount of scrap metal or aluminum, you should either compare the prices offered by various scrap metal and scrap metal dealers either by phone or online. With usual differences of up to twenty eurocents per kilogram, the search is worthwhile.

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