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Copper

Called “poor man’s gold”, copper ranks as one of the most lucrative metals recycled. As a superior conductor of electricity and heat, copper wire is used to wire homes and commercial buildings and for plumbing pipes too. It is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal with high thermal and electrical conductivity. 

Copper was the first metal to be smelted from sulfide ores in 5000 BC and 1,000 years later in 4000 BC it was the first metal to be cast into a shape in a mold. In the Roman era, copper was mined on Cyprus, the origin of its name in Old English called “coper.” The word “copper” was first used about 1530.

Copper used in roofing (it oxidizes to a patina called verdigris) as well as:

  • Electrical wiring
  • Motors
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Plumbing
  • Cookware 
  • And cooking utensils.

Copper recycling requires much less energy to recycle it than to fabricate it brand new. This provides savings in more than just time and money.

Copper is non-ferrous. We accept:

  • Insulated and non-insulated wire
  • CATV
  • Radiators
  • Tubing.