Copper Is Easy To Recycle

Copper is one of those things that is endlessly recyclable. That means that, as long as it is taken to a recycling center, it can be melted down and turned into something else. That’s because copper doesn’t change any of its properties when it is melted down and reused. So, how do you recycle copper?

Copper Wire

Copper wire is the most common thing to be recycled. That’s because it is very common. All most every house or building has some copper wiring in it somewhere. Electricians and contractors have access to a lot of odds and ends of wire that are too short to go into new construction and old wire that has been stripped from a house and can’t be reused.

There are also people who go to old houses and salvage wiring from those houses. Generally, the way that copper wire is recycled is to take it to a scrap metal center. The center will buy it from the person, paying by the pound, and then turn around to sell it to metal recycling centers. 

Before any copper wire can be recycled, it needs to have some work done to it. It needs to have the insulation stripped off of it. Scrap metal centers don’t want to pay for insulation because it’s wasted money to them. So the person selling the copper wire will have to strip the insulation.

That means either doing it by hand or using a machine that can strip the wire. Doing a large amount of wire by hand can take a lot of time, so a stripping machine can make the work go faster and save time. 

Copper Pipes

Copper pipes are another commonly recycled material. mostly for the same reason that copper wire is common. Copper pipes are found in a lot of homes as well as in things like refrigerators and air conditioners. The process of recycling copper pipes is pretty much the same as the copper wire. The pipes will have to be stripped out of things like air conditioners and refrigerators.

Generally, copper pipes aren’t insulated, but that will have to be stripped if there is. The pipes may also need to be cleaned if there is a lot of solder or other material on them. 

Copper can be recycled over and over and over. It may take a little work to get the copper ready to recycle, but it can be done. To learn more, contact a company like Pasco Inc.

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