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The most common metal we see being picked up are aluminum soda cans. While the 5 cent (or 10 cent) deposit is nice, there are people that routinely collect all sorts of scrap metals from various places. While most of us don’t have much knowledge regarding the different types of scrap metals we see lying around, those who does can take advantage and turn it into money. If you are ever interested in potentially earning a few extra bucks, be on the look out for a few of these common scrap metals.

Here are the four common metals you can sell for cash.

Brass is made by combining copper and zinc. Because of its low friction and acoustic properties, brass is commonly used in musical instruments. Brass is a very durable metal that shines when cleaned and it is often used as decorative metal because it can resemble gold. Brass can often be found in plumbing, radiators, locks, electrical connectors, and even ammunition parts.

Copper is one of the most sought out metals today because almost all scrap yards will accept it. Copper exhibits strong resistance to corrosion and high thermal conductivity. Because of it’s high electrical conductivity, copper has many uses and can be found in many applications including in plumbing, radiators, electrical systems, musical instruments, and coins.

Aluminum is a low density metal that has large variety in commercial use. It is commonly used in the aerospace industry because of it’s low density, strength, and resistance to corrosion in most settings. The most common form of aluminum we encounter on a daily basis are soda cans. Not surprisingly, aluminum soda cans are the most recycled form of aluminum worldwide. Aluminum has the distinct advantage of being able to retain its quality regardless of how many times it has been recycled.

Stainless steel
Stainless steel is the name used that covers a range of steel types that is resistant to corrosion and oxidation. The common ingredients of steel include chromium, nickel, molybdenum, titanium, and copper. Because of its high corrosion resistance abilities, stainless steel is often used in appliances, medical instruments, food processing, and buildings.

If you have any of these four metals or any other metals that you think could be recycled for cash, stop by at Anestis Metals. We have been proudly serving New England for over 80 years for both individuals and corporations. 100% of all our metals at Anestis are recycled and exported to foundries and facilities. Call us at 978-681-6000 or contact us for more information.


Although winter has been lingering along for a bit longer than we all would hope, it is starting to finally feel like Springtime in New England. A Spring pastime in this area of the country is Spring cleaning. A time when you can open up all the windows in your home, air it out, and give your home a good clean down. This is also a perfect time to go through your property and do away with unneeded material that are taking up space around your home and property. And guess what? A lot of these materials you can scrap for extra cash.

Inside-  While you are scrubbing down your floors and counter tops around your home, its a great time to scope out any scrap able materials. Many appliances that are no longer used can be turned in for scrap metal. Old filing cabinets, bathtubs, etc. are a great source of scrap metal. One of the gold mines for scrap metal in New England homes is inside the garage or attic. These places traditionally are where unwanted items go to die. Have an old car that hasn’t been started in a decade in your garage? Give yourself some space and come scrap it at our Lawrence scrap yard.

Outside- Many times outside of your property you can find materials that you can scrap for extra cash. Lawn furniture is a great source for this. Many items that are found on a property are made out of scrapable materials. Iron and steel lawn furniture and decorations in particular are common items that are scrapped. Are you planning to replace old gutters? That is aluminum and scrapable!

At Anestis Metals in Lawrence, Massachusetts we pay cash for our scrap. Curious on what we take or don’t take? Wondering what our current prices are for different scrap metals? Give us a call at 978-681-6000 or stop by our location at 48-50 Medford St. in Lawrence to find out today!

At Anestis Scrap Metal in Lawrence, Massachusetts we see a lot of scrap metal. And just like other scrap metal yards across the United States, the most common type of scrap we see is steel. Steel is the most commonly recycled type of metal all across the US. According to the most recent data available, in 2016 there were 630 million tons of steel recycled across the world. With the Untied States being responsible for nearly 130 million tons itself.

That’s a lot of weight. To put it into perspective, 5 million tons of weight is equal to 715,000 fully grown African Elephants. As we all know, recycling any material is great for the environment. But how does recycling steel stack up to other recyclable materials? According to best estimates from scientists, for every one ton of steel recycled it results in a 1.5 million ton reduction in carbon produced.

At the end of the day it makes sense to see steel being the most commonly scraped metal. Its the easiest metal to recycle compared to its peers, and its the largest produced metal as well.

Looking to join in the steel recycling industry? Contact us today in Lawrence to see what our current prices are for steel and other scrap metals you having laying around. If you have large amounts of scrap metal to process we offer dumpster rentals in increments of 15, 20, and 30 cubic yards.

While it may seem easier to just throw away any unwanted paper products or cans, if you truly comprehended the benefits of recycling, you may think differently about throwing them out. Instead of tossing your unwanted metal out, check out some important reasons for recycling!

  1. An important reason to recycle is help in preserving resources. Recycling helps to reduce the use of natural resources, but also reduces resources that are used in your home. By recycling more often, you’ll be using less bins and in a small way, you’re also helping out our environment.
  2. One of the biggest aspects that contributes to global warming, is the steady increase in carbon emissions that are released into the air. Recycling helps to reduce these emissions, which will decrease levels of pollution that are floating around. While there has been damaged done to our atmosphere and we can’t undo that, we can prevent future damage by recycling.
  3. By recycling metal, we’re giving the government more opportunities to save money, which can be used to improve different parts of the economy.
  4. By recycling metal, you can end up saving money, which is one the best reasons to do so! If more people recycled metal regularly, it could cause the production of metal items to decrease thus decreasing the price of metal goods like canned goods.

There are plenty more reasons to recycle metal, but there are a few to get you thinking! If you’d like more information on recycling or would like to learn more about our recycling services, please reach out! Anestis Metal can be reached by calling 978-681-8000 or by filling out our online contact 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!

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!