Best things to scrap for money

Wanting to clean up your backyard? Make some money? Help the environment? Did we mention make some money? As the receivers of scrap metal, we are here to confidently inform you the best things to scrap for money.

We pay cash for your scrap metal both ferrous and non-ferrous. Essentially all metals are divided into the categories ferrous and non-ferrous, we accept both types at Tall Ingots and pay you cash for your scrap metal. The easiest way to determine the two types of metal is with a magnet, doesn’t have to be a fancy magnet any will do just grab one off your fridge even.

Ferrous materials do contain iron and are magnetic. Whereas, non-ferrous materials do not contain iron and are not magnetic. It’s that simple. We have divided our list of best things to scrap for money into ferrous and non-ferrous materials to lessen any confusion.



Light steel & white goods

This includes any roofing iron, washing machines. Fridges that have been de-gassed, air-con units that have been degassed, microwaves, dishwashers, ovens and any other lightweight metallic product.

Heavy Steel

Items considered heavy steel are over 6ml thick such as beam off-cuts, angle, RHS, punchings, car rims, truck rims and other heavier gauge metallic product. We are happy to accept any size steel offered.

Cast Iron

This includes old bathtubs, cast iron pots, valves, pipes, furniture, BBQ plates and engine blocks.

Specialty ferrous

This includes products such as manganese steel, ESCO, Ni Hard, carbon steels and any other exotic mix of ferrous materials. Prices are subject to quantity available.


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The non-ferrous list will include the ISRI term for each type of material. ISRI stands for Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, which is the governing body that we, Tall Ingots, report to. The ISRI term is not something you need to worry about. The ISRI term is just included for the benefit of those with a deeper understanding or knowledge of the scrap industry.



  • Bright and Shiny. ISRI term = Millberry.
    The clean copper wire that is inside the wiring of your house, phones and electrical cords.
  • Bare. ISRI term = Candy.
    When your plumber leaves an off-cut of copper tube behind that has no solder joins or paint.
  • Burnt. ISRI term = Birch Cliff.
    When your plumber leaves behind copper tube that “has” solder joints or paint. It can also be clean copper wire from a household appliance that has been burnt.


Insulated cable

The ISRI term = Druid.
This is the wiring that is in your house, phones and electrical cords. It is the copper wire with the insulation still on.

Electric motors

The ISRI term = Elmo.
Electric motors from any appliance or machine. Excessive attachments will reduce the price paid for the motor.


The ISRI term = Sabot.
Old kitchen sinks, kitchen utensils, piping, plate, nuts & bolts. Many items related to food preparation are made from stainless steel.


  • Lead. ISRI term = Radio.
    Sheet lead from roofing, lead wheel weights, old sinkers, lead ingots and even the old lead roof nails have a value.
  • Used Lead Acid Batteries. ISRI term = Rinc.
    Old car and motorcycle batteries can be recycled, we encourage you to do so as they will only deteriorate otherwise.


  • Brass. ISRI term = Honey Grape.
    This can be the taps from your sink, a broken symbol from your drum kit or old plumbing joins from your piping. The easiest way to tell if its brass is by grinding a piece and if it’s yellow then it will be brass.
  • Brass Turnings. ISRI term = Night.
    The shavings that come from any type of brass that is machined or turned.
  • Gunmetal. ISRI term = Ebony.
    This is brass that has a higher copper content so it will have a deeper colour. Usually valves, pumps and machinery parts.
  • Car Radiators. ISRI term = Ocean.
    We will purchase the radiators with the steel attached or removed.


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Aluminium is a very useful material and as a result has been used in the manufacture of many products. We have nine different categories of aluminium, some of which are very commonly found and recycled, others we see less of but are just as recyclable! We are happy to receive all the following aluminium products to be scrapped.

  • Aluminium Domestic.
    ISRI term = Taint/Tabor.
    Old aluminium cladding from a caravan or house that has no steel attached.
  • Cans. ISRI term = Taldon.
    Any aluminium drink vessel can be recycled. Just remember that you will need approximately 62 cans to make a kilo.
  • Extrusion. ISRI term = Tata/Toto.
    This is the aluminium window framing without the glass or steel attachments. We can still buy the aluminium if it has steel attached, however, it will be at a reduced rate. It does not matter if the aluminium has been anodised or painted.
  • Wire. ISRI term = Talon.
    This is clean aluminium wire that is free of any attachments, steel or paint.
  • Wheels. ISRI term = Troma.
    These are the aluminium wheels from your car. We purchase the rims with or without the rubber attached, however, there is a waste levy applied to the disposal of the rubber tyre.
  • Cast. ISRI term = Tense.
    An example of cast aluminium is the cylinders from engines.
  • Zinc. ISRI term = Saves.
    Die cast toys, money boxes, car components and sacrificial anodes (highly active metal that helps prevents the corrosion of a less active material) can be purchased and recycled.
  • Aluminium CU Radiators. ISRI term = Talk.
    Most commonly the cores from air-conditioning units. We purchase the radiators with or without steel attached, however, a reduced rate applies if the steel is still attached.

Recycling ferrous and non-ferrous materials doesn’t only put cash in your pocket but gives back to the environment. The more we can recycle and repurpose the better off the environment will be. Hopefully, our list of best things to scrap for money has been useful in your decision on what to recycle. For any questions, inquiries, or further clarification please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are experienced scrap metal recyclers and are always keen to chat about scrap.

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