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Navigating Electronic Scrap Purchase Prices & Sorting Criteria

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on electronic scrap purchase prices and sorting criteria. This resource is designed to give you detailed insights into the world of electronic waste recycling, including how to determine the value of your electronic scrap and the best practices for sorting and preparing it for sale.


Understanding Electronic Scrap Value


Factors Influencing Electronic Scrap Prices

Electronic scrap prices are influenced by various factors including the type of material, the current market demand for precious metals, and the condition of the electronic components. Learn More


Common Types of Electronic Scrap

Identify the most common types of electronic scrap, from old cell phones to obsolete computers, and understand how each type is valued differently. Explore Types

Class 1-A PCBs


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Class 1-A PCBs refer to older models of printed circuit boards characterized by their galvanic gold-plated contacts or connector strips. These boards are typically harvested from obsolete mainframe computers or servers and are known for their densely populated arrangement of small chips. It's essential that these circuit boards are intact and not stripped of any components. However, any attached metal sheets, frames, or heat sinks should be detached before processing.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£5.93/kg
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection.


Class 1-B PCBs


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Class 1-B PCBs refer to circuit boards derived from computers or industrial machinery that exhibit visible gold plating along with an abundance of chips, transistors, and plug-in contacts rich in precious metals. This category specifically includes motherboards and plug-in cards, such as sound and graphics cards, provided they were produced prior to the year 2000. Prior to processing, any metal sheets and heat sinks are detached, and batteries are also carefully removed.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£4.45 /kg
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection


Class 1-D PCBs


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Class 1-D PCBs encompass a vibrant array of motherboards without any attached components, deriving from various computers. These boards are notable for their colorful presentations in shades like yellow, blue, orange, purple, and the traditional green. This category specifically targets motherboards, along with graphics and sound cards produced from 2020 or later, starting from the Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon PC generations. Additionally, this class includes Class 1-A, 1-B PCBs and 1-C PCBs where ferrous and aluminum attachments such as metal sheets and heat sinks remain intact, or those from which valuable components like chips have been extracted.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£1.33/kg
- Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection


Class 2-A PCBs


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Class 2-A PCBs originate from industrial equipment and are distinct from Class 1 PCBs due to the minimal presence of visible gold contacts. These circuit boards are populated with small chips enriched with precious metals, alongside transistors and quartz crystals. However, they must be free of any large components such as heat sinks, transformers, or capacitors exceeding the size of a thumb. This class also encompasses Class 1-C PCBs that still have their attachments intact.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£1.33/kg
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection


Class 2-B PCBs


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Class 2-B PCBs are derived from industrial equipment and are characterized by their minimal visible gold contacts, setting them apart from Class 1 PCBs. These boards come equipped with a select number of chips that house precious metals, as well as transistors and quartz crystals. Unlike other classes, they may sometimes include attached components such as heat sinks, transformers, or relays, albeit in lesser quantities compared to other categories.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£0.71p/kg
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Class 3 PCBs


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Class 3 PCBs are boards with large components such as capacitors, transformers, heat sinks and only a few components / chips or contacts containing precious metals. They originate mostly from monitors, power supply controls or consumer electronics. They also include class 1-And 2 PCBs if they contain very large / heavy attachments.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£0.44p/kg
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Rear Walls


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Rear walls refer to the connector strip boards found in mainframe computers or servers. The valuation of these components is primarily influenced by the gold content, specifically whether the contact pins are fully gold-plated or only at the tips. Other factors impacting the price include the coating thickness, the weight or thickness of the base plate, and the removal of any attachments, such as metal frames.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£1.55 - £6.20/kg
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection. - Note: Plug strip boards from normal computers are not rear walls, which belong to class 1-B PCBs.


Mobile Phone PCBs


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Mobile phone PCBs are circuit boards extracted from mobile phones or smartphones, featuring high-quality gold contacts, such as those used for SIM cards, and other components rich in precious metals

It is important to note that this category specifically excludes PCBs from standard cordless telephones.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£13.05/kg
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection - Note: Prices for assembled mobile phone circuit boards only, mobile phone PCBs without components are valued according to their precious metal content.


Mobile Phone (Group A)


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Group A old mobile phones refer to standard mobile handsets, characterized by a dial keypad and a small display. The circuit boards within these devices are rich in precious metals and other materials suitable for recycling. Given the challenging nature of opening some of these phone casings, we also accept them in an unassembled state.


However, it is mandatory to remove the battery, and the cover should be detached to enable inspection.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£7.40/kg
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection. - Note: Prices apply to “real” mobile phones only, not for normal cordless phones


Mobile Phone (Group B)


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Old Group B Smartphones are characterized by their touch-sensitive screens and frequently include digital and video cameras. These devices are valuable for recycling due to the precious metals found in their components and PCBs. Recognizing that these housings can be challenging to disassemble, we accept these smartphones in both assembled and unassembled conditions.


The removal of the battery is a prerequisite, and covers should be detached to allow for a thorough inspection.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£2.66/kg
Prices for special and larger lots on request / After material inspection - Note: Prices apply only to real Smartphones, not for normal cordless phones and not for PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants).


Laptops


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Description:


Old laptops and notebooks are valuable for recycling due to the precious metals found in their installed components and PCBs. Understanding that some models may be difficult to disassemble, we are open to purchasing them unassembled.


The removal of the battery is essential, and if feasible, the screen should also be detached.


The value of these items may vary, and we maintain a minimum purchase quantity of 100kg.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£0.60/kg for notebooks without display
£0,00/kg for notebooks with display - Note: We do not buy single notebooks. Only commercial quantities from 100kg


CPU Ceramic Goldcap


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Ceramic CPU Goldcap processors, along with older 286, 386, or 486 ceramic processors from computers or industrial computers, are the focus of this category. These processors should be free of any attachments like fans or heat sinks to qualify.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£100/kg
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection. - Note: Prices for Goldcap processors without heat sink or fan attachments


CPU Ceramic Intel / AMD


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This category is dedicated to ceramic CPU Intel and AMD processors extracted from computers or industrial computers, and they should not have any additional components like fans or heat sinks attached. Notably, for AMD ceramic processors,


we also provide purchase prices for CPUs that come with an aluminum cooling plate.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£58.60p/kg Ceramic CPUs, clean = £46.15p/kg AMD-CPU with aluminium plate
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection. - Price for ceramic processors without heat sink or fan attachments


CPU Plastic Processors


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This category encompasses plastic CPU processors sourced from computers, notebooks, and industrial computers, and they should be free of any extra components like fans or heat sinks. These CPUs are typically found in black, green, or brown colors.


Additionally, plastic CPUs, predominantly green, that still retain their cooling plates and haven't been detached, are evaluated at a distinct purchase price.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£24.20p/kg plastic CPUs clean
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection - Price for plastic processors without heat sink or fan attachments.


CPU Plastic Cooling Plate


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Plastic CPU processors equipped with cooling plates, originating from computers, notebooks, or industrial computers, are included in this category. These processors may also have additional attachments such as fans or heat sinks. Commonly found in colors like black, green, or brown, these CPUs with their integrated cooling components are a specific focus of our purchasing criteria.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£7.60p/kg - plastic CPU with cooling plate
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection. - Prices apply to plastic processors with cooling plate


CPU slot processors


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PCB and slot processors sourced from computers or industrial computers form this category. These components should be free of any external attachments, including housings, fans, or heat sinks, to qualify.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£16.00p/kg - Slot CPUs, clean
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection. - Price for slot PCBs without heat sink or fan attachments


RAM working memory


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This category encompasses RAM/main memory modules extracted from computers or industrial computers, broadly classified into two types:


  1. RAM Gold Edge: Characterized by a terminal contact strip that is gold-plated, offering higher value due to the precious metal content.

  2. RAM Silver Edge: Distinguished by a terminal contact strip that is tin-plated, reflecting a different composition and value.

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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£16.00p/kg - RAM gold edge = £4.95p/kg RAM silver edge
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection. - Note: Price applies to pre-sorted RAM memory boards


Chips


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This category includes Chips, Eproms, and ICs extracted from computers or industrial computers. For standard black chips, we classify them into two distinct types:

  1. Ceramic Chips and E-Proms: Made from ceramic, these chips are categorized separately due to their specific material composition.

  2. Plastic Chips and Plastic ICs: Comprising plastic material, these are differentiated from their ceramic counterparts.

Additionally, we deal with special chips and components, such as telephone chips, bank card chips, SIM cards, etc. For bulk quantities, the pricing is determined based on the precious metal content they contain.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£7.32p/kg - ceramic eproms = £5.00p/kg - plastic chips
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection. - Special chips according to precious metal content


Hard disks


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This category focuses on hard disks or computer hard disks that come with a control board and an aluminum housing. It is important that these hard disks are free from any additional attachments to qualify.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£0.55p/kg
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection.


Drives


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This category is dedicated to various types of drives including CD drives, DVD drives, burners, and disk drives. Each of these comes equipped with a control circuit board housed within a metal casing.


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Purchase price 23-04-2024
£0.10p/kg
Prices for special or larger lots on request / after material inspection