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2017 has been a great year those who collect and scrap aluminium metal. There has been a global shortage of aluminum in the market. On top of this, demand has been increasing as well, going up by as much as 1.8 million tons according to Although the deficit has been shrinking, it is still a great time to get into collecting scrap metal as a hobby.

One of the most popular ways to acquire scrap metal is by collecting aluminum soda cans. If your family are large consumers on soda, you might be sitting on a some extra spending money. A fantastic way to teach kids the value of money is to teach them about recycling and scrap metal prices. They can learn math skills and learn a little bit about how economies work (ok this may be a stretch depending on how old they are, but still it could happen).

The best way to collect aluminum cans is to crush them flat once you are finished with them. This way you can store them in bulk until you gather a significant amount of cans that are worth your trip to our scrap yard in Lawrence. We see customers use 50 gallon water chugs as a way to store pounds of cans.

If you are looking for the current prices of aluminum at our Lawrence, Massachusetts scrap yard, contact us at 978-681-6000


Aluminum is one of the most common metals found in the state of Massachusetts. Between pots and pans or cans of soda, it’s virtually impossible not to make contact with aluminum every day. Because it is so common, aluminum is one of the most recycled metals in the US. However, the EPA has stated that only about 50% of cans sold are being recycled.

Until 1886, the process of making aluminum was difficult and expensive. When a cheaper way to create aluminum was discovered, using aluminum became much more popular. This made it beneficial when it came to production, but the process releases a fair amount of carbon dioxide into the air.

Decreasing the Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The good news is that recycling aluminum only releases a portion of carbon dioxide. This is a much lower number compared to the amount when creating it from scratch. Not only will recycling aluminum make you some money, but it will save energy and decrease carbon dioxide emissions.

Help to Save Energy

Most processes of creating aluminum require the use of a lot of energy. The Aluminum Association states that if you recycle one can, it creates enough energy to run a tv for a few hours.

Help to Lower Waste

Instead of recycling it, it’s estimated that Americans toss out about 3 million tons of aluminum each year. Because aluminum can recycled and reused so much, it is much more cost effective than other metals. The more that aluminum is recycled, the need for manufacturers to produce it will decrease. This will result in less mining of bauxite.

If you have a large amount of aluminum that needs to be recycled, get in touch with a trusted metal scrap recycler like Anestis Metals! We are happy to answer any questions you may have on this process. For more information, please contact us by calling us at 978-681-6000 or by filling out our online form.

Scrapping metal is great for making some extra cash, but did you know scrapping metal also helps the environment? Scrap metal lying in your yard or in the junkyard, can release harmful chemicals and refrigerants into the air, soil, and even into the drinking water supply. By recycling these metal scraps, we keep harmful chemicals at bay and reduce the amount of natural sources depleted by creating new metal. Companies like Anestis Metal, recycle various metals and help the environment in several ways:

Saving Energy

Mining and creating new metal consumes an excessive amount of energy compared to scrapping. By recycling the metal we already have, we save on the energy used. According to the Steel Recycling Institute, steel recycling saves enough energy to power the equivalent of 18 million homes for a year.

Reduce Pollution

Not only does recycling metal reduce the chemicals that seep into the soil, but it also helps reduce the amount of pollution that goes into the air. The heavy machinery used to mine and make the new metal, release far more pollutants than a recycling plant would.

Conserves Natural Resources

When creating new metal, many resources are used up such as ore, water, coal, and limestone. By recycling, we can decrease the amount of natural resources that we deplete from the earth and helping to be less wasteful!

To learn more about what kinds of metals you can scrap, visit us online or call us at (978) 681-6000 for more information.


During the summer, there are many options for scrap but here are some definite items that will be wanted all season!

  • AC Units: With the summer weather here AC units are a must for most! People will start taking out their air conditioner from their winter storage and realize that it’s damaged or want to upgrade to a more energy efficient unit. Look out for discarded AC units on the side of the streets of your neighborhood to take apart and scrap!
  • Poolside items: Pools go hand in hand with the warm summer heat. Home owners are opening up their pools and might find pool equipment that can be scrapped if it’s damaged or if it’s not working properly. Things that are good to scrap and sell to scrapyards are pool motors, pool heater, and aluminum/stainless steel ladders. Ask friends who owns pools for broken or faulty pool equipment.
  • BBQ Grills: Grilling food outside is summer favorite past time! This summer, look around your neighborhood for grills on the side of the road to scrap. You can scrap the top and bottom of a grill since they will be either aluminum or stainless steel, use a magnet to check! They may be bulky but they will be worth a good amount at the scrapyard.
  • Cans: Summer can’t be complete with a cold drink in hand when hanging out with your family and friends outside. Save beer cans or soda cans from your summer parties to scrap them for money! Collect 33 cans in order to make a pound of aluminum which can give you extra cash on the side to throw the next summer get together.

Enjoy having fun in the sun while making extra cash by scraping these hot summer items. Sell your scrap to a reliable scrapyard to get the prices you deserve at Anestis Metal! We buy ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling so call us at 978-681-6000 or use our contact form to get quick cash this summer!

An easy and quick solution to make money is by selling just one type of material. You will get paid faster if you have just all aluminum siding or a box full of light iron since once you get to your local scrap yard, you will be able to scale everything all at once and get paid quick and easy. When having multiple items, it will take more of your time to weigh each different item and will take longer for you to get paid. Sort your items ahead of time in your own bins so when you bring it to the scrapyard all your scraps will be organized and ready to be scaled. By being organized and prepared, you will be able to have a quicker process selling and getting paid for your items at your local scrapyard like Anestis Metals. Call Anestis Metals at 978- 681- 6000 to sell your items at the fairest price at our scrap metal recycling business in Lawrence, MA or use our contact form for more inquiries about our service!

Prices for scrap metal has not been doing too well but it looks like it’s finally starting to stabilize. Copper prices has stabilized and has even gone up a few cents. It’s great for the overall market to have stable prices especially after the market has been so unstable. Steel pricing has not changed prices since last month and gold prices has dropped in the last week after the stock market made a solid recovery. The scrap prices for steel and iron are continuing to deplete due to the drop in oil prices. Overall, the market has been all over the place but in the next coming weeks, it will be spring cleanup which will make it easier to find scrap metal materials to sell. Below are recent scrap metal prices to follow up on:

Bare Bright Copper: $1.61-$1.77

Copper Pipe: $1.35-$1.65

Clean Brass: $0.92-$1.02

Insulated Copper: $0.50-$1.30

Aluminum Sheet: $0.22-$0.29

Stainless Steel: $0.22-$0.26

Aluminum Cans: $0.22-$0.32 (Not CRV Pricing)

Light Iron: $25-$48 per ton

If you are interested in selling your scrap metal, contact Anestis Metal at 978-681-6000 or use our contact form for the best prices before it’s too late!

If you are looking for items to scrap, aluminum baseball bats are a great item! Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your baseball bat when you are trying to scrap it.

Remove Rubber & Plastic- To get the best prices for your baseball or softball bat, completely remove the heavy rubber or plastic that is around the handle. Also there might be plastic around the top so make sure to cut out the plastic and clean the aluminum since any contaminants on the bat will reduce the price of the scrap profit you worked hard on.

Cut Bat Open– Sometimes you can find foam on the inside of your bat so make sure to cut the bat open to check. You can open up the baseball bat with a sawzall to see if it’s empty and if it isn’t remove the foam in order to get a cleaner aluminum price from your local scrapyard company.

Recycling Aluminum- Scrap yards will offer a cleaner price for the metal if the baseball bats are without any contaminants on it and it will be easier for them to recycle. Also remember that there are other sports metal materials that can be scrapped so be sure to research about them and touch base with a local scrap yard if you have any questions about certain metals.

If you are looking to scrap your baseball or softball bats for some extra money, come to Anestis Metals or call us at 978-681-6000 and we can offer you the best price for your aluminum metals!