Cast Aluminum is one of the most common types of aluminum brought in for scrap, and consists of grades 356 and 380 aluminum. Cast aluminum often takes the form of cookware, outdoor furniture, and machine components such as connecting rods, pistons, housings, and radiator tanks. Cast aluminum is one of the lower-value grades of aluminum, but you can maximize your sale price by removing contaminants such as iron, glass, glue, caked-on paint, and wood. Regardless, Encore Recyclers will purchase your cast aluminum.
Sheet Aluminum is another commonly found type of aluminum, composed of 3000 and 3003 grade aluminum. Sheet metal is used to make car bodies, airplane wings, medical tables, roofs for buildings, and many other applications. Again, this is a lower-value aluminum similar to cast aluminum, and removing contaminants can aid you in getting a better sale price.
Aluminum Cans immediately spring to mind when you think of metal recycling. Cans can be brought in crushed or uncrushed, but they should be empty. Aluminum foil and aluminum food containers are generally considered aluminum sheet metal.
Extruded Aluminum is often used to make windows and ladders, and it is produced by extruding aluminum through a die. It can be confused with sheet aluminum that has been folded and formed, but you can sometimes identify extruded aluminum from the brush-like marks and/or 90º angles that result from the extrusion process.
Insulated EC (Electrical Conductor) Wire is used worldwide to carry electrical current. You will almost always find it coated with a black enamel or plastic, and while bare aluminum wire is worth more, so much weight is lost when stripping the wire that it’s generally not worth the trouble.
Non-Insulated EC Wire is a very high-grade aluminum wire—in most cases, 99.5% pure. EC wire has a high value compared to the other forms of aluminum you see here, but it should be stripped of enamel, plastic, or rubber insulation to maximize its value.
ACSR is a type of stranded cable that is commonly used by power companies for overhead and ground wire installations, river crossings, and ground wire. ACSR stands for Aluminum Conductors Steel Reinforced. The center strand is steel, while the outer strands are aluminum. It can be confused with aluminum EC wire, so check it with a magnet to tell the difference.
6061 Aluminum is the most commonly used aluminum alloy, containing magnesium and silicon as its major alloying elements. Originally called “Alloy 61S,” it was developed in 1935. It has good mechanical properties and exhibits good weldability. 6061 aluminum is one of the most common alloys of aluminum for general purpose use, found in bike frames, auto rims, aircraft, scuba tanks, yachts, automobiles, and many more. It has a relatively high value.
Aluminum Alloy Rims are a high-end, 356 grade aluminum item. Remove the tire to maximize your sale value, and look out for chromed steel rims that can resemble aluminum rims.
MLC Clip is a very clean aluminum product with a sheet-like appearance. MLC stands for Mixed Low Copper. MLC Clip generally falls in the mid-range of aluminum values.
Aluminum Turnings and Slag are byproducts from factories and shops using various grades of aluminum. The value of these products tends to be on the lower end, as they take on weight from cooling liquids used in the manufacturing process.