Des Moines, IA Scrap Metal Prices

Des Moines is the most populous city in the state of Iowa with a population of about 214,000 residents. It is the county seat of Polk County, situated on Des Moines River, and close to Cedar Rapids to the east.  

The city is a social and cultural hub filled with an array of recreational facilities such as the Des Moines Art Center, events, festivals, and landmarks such as the state capitol and the Science Center of Iowa.

Des Moines has a thriving economy with a low employment rate. Manufacturing and mining have a rich history here, and still continue to play a big part in the city’s economy. Hence, if you want to sell scrap metal, there’s an opportunity to make some good side income.

The laws of the state are not as strict, so selling these materials will be easy. Additionally, the city has numerous scrap yards you can go to, and most of them are reputable.

Best Scrap Yards in Des Moines

If you are looking for good places to take your materials, some of the places you should consider are the following.

Those on the southern side, especially around Pleasant Hill can go to Scrap Processors on 608 South East 30th Street, Yaw’s Auto Salvage on 919 South East 21st Street, Don’s Auto & Truck Salvage on 1500 South East 30th Street, or Wrench N Go on 2233 Maury Street. Mid America Recycling and ABC Rolloff Dumpsters are also recommended places.

Good scrap yard dealers between Union Park and Fairmont Park would be Alter Metal Recycling on 1810 Hull Avenue andSwift’s Trails End Auto Recycling on 1623 East 17th Street. Don’t go to Ron’s Auto Salvage on Dixon Street. We advise against them because of their terrible customer service.

If you are on the northern side of the city, we do recommend American Scrap on 1635 East Madison Avenue, Silvercrest Recycling on 1665 East Madison Avenue, and U-Pull-It on 1600 North East 44th Avenue.

You may also want to check out our best tips about scrap yards before you head over to a scrap yard!

Scrap Metal Prices per Pound in Des Moines

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum$1.06
Aluminum Alloy$0.85
Copper$3.81
Brass$3.00
Lead$0.90
Nickel$11.85
Tin$13.05
Zinc$1.43
Steel Scrap$0.17
Steel Rebar$0.28

Last Updated On 2023-01-30

Scrap Aluminum Prices per Pound in Des Moines

MetalPrice Per Pound
Aluminum 1100$0.73
Aluminum 3003$0.73
Aluminum 356 Wheels (clean)$0.73
Aluminum 356 Wheels (dirty)$0.52
Aluminum 5052 Scrap$0.98
Aluminum 6061 Extrusions$0.65
Aluminum 6063 Extrusions$0.86
Aluminum 6063 Extrusions/Fe$0.62
Aluminum/Cu Radiators$1.72
Aluminum/Cu/Fe Radiators$1.59
Aluminum Radiators$0.41
Aluminum/Fe Radiators$0.31
Transformers$0.18
Breakage 50% Recovery$0.23
Chrome Wheels$0.69
E.C. Wire$1.13
Litho Sheets$0.73
Mixed Turnings $0.42
MLC Clips$0.72
Aluminum Old Cast$0.70
Aluminum Old Sheet$0.69
Painted Siding$0.68
UBC$0.72
Zorba 90% NF$0.69
Aluminum Cans (clean)$0.53
Aluminum Cans (dirty)$0.26

Scrap Brass Prices per Pound in Des Moines

MetalPrice Per Pound
Red Brass$2.04
Yellow Brass$1.92
Brass Rod$1.88
Brass Hair Wire$2.01
Brass Pipe$1.83
Brass Radiators$1.56
Brass Shells$1.73
Brass Turnings$1.77
Bronze$2.10
Bronze Turnings$1.10
Dirty Brass$0.92
Dirty Brass Radiators$0.92
Plumbers Brass$1.83
Semi-Red Brass$1.86

Scrap Copper Prices per Pound in Des Moines

MetalPrice Per Pound
#1 Bare Bright Copper Wire$3.34
#1 Copper Tubing$3.12
#1 Flashing Copper$3.12
#2 Copper Tubing$2.94
#2/3 Mix Copper$2.85
#3 Copper with Tar$2.67
#3 Roofing Copper$2.76
Dirty Roofing Copper$2.58
Electric Motors - Copper$2.32
Enameled Copper$2.63
Insulated Copper Wire$2.67
Lead Coated Copper$2.25
Silver Plated Copper$2.85
Tin Coated Copper$2.49
Tin Insulated Copper Wire$2.49

Scrap Lead Prices per Pound in Des Moines

MetalPrice Per Pound
Lead Batteries$0.19
Lead Shot$0.42
Lead Wheel Weights$0.27
Solid Lead$0.57
Soft Lead$0.59

Scrap Zinc Prices per Pound in Des Moines

MetalPrice Per Pound
New Zinc Die Cast$0.89
Old Zinc Die Cast$0.76

Scrap Gold Prices in Des Moines

MetalPrice per GramPrice per Troy Ounce
9ct Gold$20.22$629.03
14ct Gold$31.55$981.30
18ct Gold$40.45$1,258.06
22ct Gold$49.40$1,536.51
24ct Gold$53.93$1,677.26

Today's scrap gold price represents the best prices you can get for the different purities of gold. Gold prices can fluctuate a lot and are often negiotable. Do not take the first offer!

Scrap Prices for other Precious Metals in Des Moines

MetalPrice per GramPrice per Troy Ounce
Palladium$34.64$1,077.42
Platinum$21.31$662.72
Silver$0.57$17.58

The current prices for scrap silver, palladium and platinum are updated daily. These precious metal scrap prices also fluctuate a lot, but are not as commonly traded as gold. It may a little more work finding a good buyer.

Scrap Prices for Steel per Pound in Des Moines

MetalPrice Per Pound
#1 Bundle$0.09
#1 Busheling$0.10
#1 HMS$0.07
HMS 80/20$0.06
Sheet Metal$0.05
Shredded Auto Scrap$0.07
Structural Steel$0.07

Scrap Prices for Stainless Steel per Pound in Des Moines

MetalPrice Per Pound
201 SS$0.28
301 SS$0.42
304 SS Solid$0.60
304 SS Turning$0.52
309 SS$0.78
310 SS$1.18
316 SS Solid$0.78
330 SS$1.93

Today's scrap price for stainless steel is based on the best prices on the market. Stainless steel is very much in demand currently due to it's use in construction and global shortages.

Scrap Prices for other Ferrous Metals per Pound in Des Moines

MetalPrice Per Pound
Scrap #1 Prepared$0.07
Scrap #2 Prepared$0.08
Scrap #1 Unprepared$0.06
Scrap #2 Unprepared$0.06
Scrap Auto Slabs Whole$0.07
Scrap Cast Iron$0.10
Scrap Dishwashers$0.07
Scrap Dryers$0.07
Scrap Oversize Torch$0.09
Scrap Rebar$0.20
Scrap Washing Machines$0.07
Scrap Water Heaters$0.07

Scrap Electronics Prices per Pound in Des Moines

ElectronicsPrice Per Pound
Scrap Back PanelsContact local scrap yard
Scrap Cellphones
Scrap Computer Wire
Scrap CPU Chips
Scrap CRT Monitors
Scrap Empty PC Servers
Scrap Graphics Cards
Scrap Hard DrivesContact local scrap yard
Scrap Hard Drive Boards
Scrap Laptops
Scrap LCD Monitors
Scrap Low Grade Boards
Scrap Mainframes
Scrap Memory
Scrap Mice
Scrap MotherboardsContact local scrap yard
Scrap Non-Green PC Boards
Scrap PC Boards
Scrap PC Tower
Scrap Power Supplies
Scrap Printers/Fax Machines
Scrap Servers
Scrap Speakers
Scrap Telecom EquipmentContact local scrap yard