Questions About Metal Recycling
What is the price for ...?
Because prices vary with the market, we encourage you to call us for up-to-the-minute pricing at 334-794-4251
How do I know the difference in grades of scrap?
This is a simple but vague question that requires a broad explanation. You can bring the item in for an estimate and are not obligated to sell it to us. You can also call us to help you over the phone, or you can click here for our “What we buy” page to learn more about the materials we buy.
Do "aluminum cans" include food cans and beer cans?
No, “aluminum cans” refers to exclusively to beverage cans which are free of any plastic lining. Such plastic lining can be found in nearly every aluminum food can and aluminum beer bottle; because of this, we cannot purchase them at this time.
What material can I not sell to Emfinger Steel?
At this time, we do not buy cardboard, glass, paper, plastic, or rubber. We also cannot accept hazardous material, including but not limited to complete propane/acetylene tanks, TV's, and computer monitors.
Do you sell car parts?
Generally, no. Most vehicles we buy are processed very quickly, and we do not have a salvage yard for used car parts.
What is the difference between #1 and #2 Copper?
Because #1 copper is worth more than #2 copper, it’s important to know the difference. Number #1 copper includes wires and cable which are clean, non-coated, non-insulated, and thicker than 1/16” (14 gauge and thicker). Number #2 copper is clean, non-insulated, may have a lacquer or tin finish, and/or is 1/16” or smaller.
What are the differences in aluminum?
We separate aluminum by grade, so knowing the differences and sorting out the good stuff can earn you more money. Because the differences may take a trained eye to spot, please check with our front office before unloading aluminum if you have any questions about their grade.
The following are from least valuable to most valuable: