Copper is one of the world’s most important metals and it plays a crucial role in modern life. Copper is most often used as an electrical conductor, thermal conductor, and also as a constituent of various alloys like brass and bronze. Copper is an excellent conductor of electricity, which has rendered it invaluable in the production of wiring and electronics of all sorts. Today copper is used for such various things as currency, pipes, manufacturing, roofing, and electrical components, including computers. In fact it is the third most used metal for manufacturing in the United States after iron and aluminum. For example, an automobile contains an average of over 50 pounds of copper and could contain as much as 80 pounds, while a modern Boeing 727 airplane contains around 9,000 pounds of copper.
Copper can be considered the world’s most reusable resource. It can be 100% recycled with no loss and it is estimated that 80% of all of the copper ever mined is still in use today. Experts estimate that around 12 percent of the world’s available supply of copper has been mined from the earth’s crust. While there are still sizeable reserves left, recycling is necessary to keep up with the current demand and to help those reserves from becoming quickly depleted as demand rises.
Recycling Your Scrap Copper Pays You Money and Helps the Environment
Copper and copper alloys like brass and bronze have been recycled for thousands of years of human history. In fact, copper was first used by humans over 10,000 years ago and for nearly 5,000 years copper was the only metal known to man. Even wonders of the ancient world like the Colossus of Rhodes were melted down and recycled to make other items. It is amazing to think that the copper in that penny in your pocket may come from pipes in Ancient Egypt.
Each year in the United States nearly as much copper is recovered through recycling as is manufactured from copper ore, allowing the U.S. to be completely self-sufficient when it comes to copper. With the exception of wire production, which tends to use newly refined copper, around 72% of the copper used in manufacturing comes from recycled copper scrap. Copper’s recycling value is so great that scrap that is considered premium-grade typically has 95% or more of the value of copper from newly mined ore. It is much cheaper to recycle old copper than to manufacture new copper from ore. In this way, recycling copper helps to keep its cost down even though demand remains very high.
Recycling copper is a very friendly to the environment. Not only does recycling mean that less copper ore has to be mined, but recycling one ton of copper scrap saves around 15% of the energy that is used in extracting and producing that same amount of virgin copper. Furthermore, the mining and refining of copper produces dust and dangerous gases like sulfur dioxide, whereas there are no harmful gases created or released with copper recycling. Recycling copper and copper alloy objects also prevents those objects from ending up in landfills.
At Custom Recycling we will pay you top dollar for your scrap copper no matter how much or how little you have. Our clients range from contractors who bring in bulk loads of copper left over from finished jobs to individuals with only a small amount of scrap copper to sell.
At Custom Recycling, we purchase all types of scrap copper, including:
- Plumbing Copper
- Copper Wire
- Copper Sculptures
- Roofing Copper
- Electric Motors
- Coax Cables
- Household Items
- Aluminum Copper Radiators
You probably have more copper than you think. A home on average contains over 400 pounds of copper that has been used in pipes, electrical wiring, and appliances. If you find you have scrap copper lying around, bring it to Custom Recycling and let us buy it from you, no matter how much or how little you have. Selling your scrap copper to Custom Recycling not only gives you extra income, but it also helps to protect the environment. It also helps U.S. manufacturers by keeping a steady supply of copper available.