Browse the table below to see the latest scrap metal prices in New Zealand. These prices do not reflect the local fluctuations in prices. Find our table further down the page that will take you the localized scrap metal prices for your city. We scrape our data from yards throughout New Zealand and update them on a regular basis.
If you are selling scrap internationally, you will be pleased to know that we currently record up to date scrap metal prices from a variety of countries around the world. Navigate through any of the links below to find out what the prices are in any of these countries, whether they are local to you or simply somewhere you would like to sell scrap metal. We update this information very frequently, similar to how we do for our New Zealand data in the adjacent table, so you can always expect to receive accurate figures.
As you can see, we are only providing scrap metal prices for many countries around the world. We are of course interested in expanding our database even further to more international scrap yards too. We've been contacted on a number of occasions from people around the world, asking for information in regions as far away as Australia. As it stands we are only searching out for prices throughout New Zealand and Europe, in addition to the USA and Canada, however if we get enough emails about other regions then we will certainly consider them too. At the moment we are trying to put together some local prices for people living in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Again, if you want to find out the best scrap metal prices per pound or per kilogram, then drop us an email and we will try to help you out however possible.
New Zealand has a number of excellent scrap yards all around the country. Each city has at least a couple of options. This creates a health competition for us scrappers. Our team has been in contact with those that have many years of experience buying and selling scrap metal in New Zealand and we have found the best scrap yards in each city. Please go to the city table and follow to the relevant page. There you will find more localized prices as well as a list of relevant scrap yards. The most important factor to determine which scrap yard is best for you is the relationship that you have with the staff or owners. They will give you better deals and have valuable local knowledge. If you are new to buying and selling scrap metal then I strongly advise that you visit all your local scrap yards with material to sell, get a feel for each one, and then you can make an informed decision. If you want our opinion we have a database of over 5000 scrap yards worldwide.
Contact us and we will be happy to assist you if you cannot find the scrap yards for your city below. Currently, we have scrap yard information pages for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Tauranga.
What scrap metals are most valuable to you depend on a few things. Firstly, market values this is going to make a huge difference to you methods for acquiring material. Copper is some much more valuable then iron, so should be take priority regardless of the other factors. Availability is another huge factor copper has a very high price per kilogram but is more difficult to get a hold of in large amounts. If you are involved in manufacturing then you will scrap any waste regardless of its value but if you are selling scrap as a way to make some extra cash, it is important to go for higher value items if possible. If you have access to a much larger and more consistent volume of scrap brass then copper. It is better to prioritize the brass even though its per kilogram price is lower. The final thing is your capacity. If you have access to a large heavy duty vehicle then you could still make money with large volumes of a cheaper material such as steel. Value is decided by more than a materials per kilo price. It is dependent on your ability to make profit from it. I always recommend that people take what they can and get experience with different materials. Build up a client base that you have good relationships with. This is the key to making money buying and selling scrap.
|City||Scrap Copper Price||Scrap Aluminium Price||Scrap Steel Price||Scrap Lead Price||Scrap Iron Price||Scrap Brass Price|
|Auckland||NZ$8.01 - NZ$10.12||NZ$0.59 - NZ$1.23||NZ$1.45 - NZ$2.52||NZ$2.12 - NZ$3.64||NZ$0.12 - NZ$0.23||NZ$4.31 - NZ$5.12|
|Christchurch||NZ$8.52 - NZ$10.47||NZ$0.78 - NZ$1.45||NZ$1.76 - NZ$2.34||NZ$2.34 - NZ$3.76||NZ$0.11 - NZ$0.21||NZ$4.12 - NZ$5.32|
|Wellington||NZ$8.11 - NZ$10.54||NZ$0.56 - NZ$1.76||NZ$1.23 - NZ$2.82||NZ$2.87 - NZ$3.23||NZ$0.10 - NZ$0.27||NZ$4.51 - NZ$5.82|
|Hamilton||NZ$8.88 - NZ$10.76||NZ$0.67 - NZ$1.34||NZ$1.12 - NZ$2.29||NZ$2.24 - NZ$3.88||NZ$0.17 - NZ$0.24||NZ$4.65 - NZ$5.59|
|Tauranga||NZ$8.24 - NZ$10.14||NZ$0.51 - NZ$1.76||NZ$1.87 - NZ$2.38||NZ$2.84 - NZ$3.11||NZ$0.14 - NZ$0.28||NZ$4.83 - NZ$5.40|
Getting the best price for your scrap metal is something that we all aim for but there a number of things that can effect the price. The market value is the number one factor. New Zealand has had a pretty stable market of the last decade but it is still effected by global market values. This is obviously out of your control but there are thing that can be done to try to get around this. Firstly, wait for a good price. This can get you hundreds of extra NZ$ if you have a large amount of material. Also be sure to shop around and call around many scrap yards to find a good the best price.
Other factors are also amount of material, quality and condition. Material that is dirty or covered in contaminants will be graded lower and you will get a lower price. It may be worth cleaning and carefully separating your scrap first as it could increase its value. If this is worth your time is a judgement that you will need to make dependent on the value of metal and how long it will take you. Scrap yards often have better prices for larger volumes of a single material. If you have storage space this is a great way to increase profits and saving on multiple trips to the scrap yard. We have found that New Zealand has some of the most consistent price compared to other countries which will make your life a lot easier.
Recycling metal has so many benefits to us as individuals and the environment. The benefit to us is that it allows us to make money from things that would other wise go to landfill. Very few people actually sell there personal scrap but rather take it to a local recycling center where they will sell it. By helping those in our local community get rid of metal they do not have use for we get make a bit of money and provide them with a free and needed service.
New Zealand has had a series of waste reforms to better regulate it to make it a more sustainable country. This is huge benefit to the environment as less mining of natural materials. It also boosts public interest in recycling and sustainability. This is another factor that opens the market for local scrapper like us to make some extra money while helping our communities become more sustainable.
Copper is one the most important and sort after materials for any scrapper because of its high price and potential availability. It has been used in so many applications and different industries that everyone should be able to get their hands on some amount of copper. We recommend that it is top of your list when search for scrap metal. Most common source of copper is wiring. This will be the best source for most people. Other potential sources are old piping, and some household items. Copper has also been the target of much crime because of its high value. Be sure to get written permission when taking copper.
Scrap aluminium is likely the most common material that you come across. It does not have the highest price per kilogram compared to something like copper but it is much more available because of its light weight and how easy it is to work with. There are countless source to find scrap aluminium in New Zealand. A few of our favorites are: scrap cars, drinks cans and building materials. These are just a few but aluminium is everywhere. This will likely be the most consistent money maker for your business.
Iron is the first "modern metal" and made up a lot of manufacturing over the past 2000 years. As a raw material is the least valuable metal that scrap yards will scrap. It is something that you should not spend much time seeking out but always accept it if it is there. Most common sources of iron are old machinery and tools, and thing that are cast such as a cast iron skillet. It will be less common for you to come across that much iron these days as it often used to make steel.
No material defines the modern era as much as steel. It is what makes huge stadiums and skyscrapers possible while also being the foundation of most infrastructure projects. It does not have a particularly high per kilogram price but its abundance and density means that it can be a great way of making money. It is most commonly found in the construction of roads, railways, appliances, and buildings. It can be difficult to get your hands on large amounts but if you build a solid local reputation you will soon get some of the more lucrative opportunities.