Recycling Copper: What You Need to Know

Most people see trash and throw it away. This waste is then taken to landfills, covered with earth and forgotten. Landfills across the country are running out of space and most of them are filled with items that can easily be recycled. Most consumers know about basic recycling such as paper, plastic and aluminum, but what many of us do not realize is that copper can be recycled too.

The Value of Scrap Metal

Copper and related alloys have been recycled for centuries. In fact, everyday consumer products still use copper and it is a critical component in electronics. While scrapped copper cannot be used right away, after proper preparation, companies can reuse copper to create new and different products.

The Benefits of Recycling Copper

There are numerous economic and environmental benefits to recycling scrap metals. Just some of the benefits of recycling copper include:

  • Limiting Impact on the Environment - During mining and refining of metals, dust and waste gases are emitted into the environment. While metal producers work hard to minimize these gases, any amount of harmful gas emitted is a cause for concern.
  • Landfill Costs are Reduced - For example copper is in more products than consumers realize; from cell phones to rice cookers to steamers, and more. Copper products that are not discarded into a landfill can reduce how much waste landfills deal with each year and trim down the costs associated with running these landfills too.
  • Conservation - While there is an abundance of copper resources, copper ore is considered a finite resource; therefore, it makes more sense to conserve it than mine it.
  • Cheaper - It is cheaper to recycle copper than it is to extract and refine new copper ore. In fact, recycled copper is almost as high in value as recently extracted copper, but without the costs of mining and refining, which helps keep the costs of creating consumer products down.
  • Saves on Energy - Recycling takes much less energy and leads to the conservation of all energy reserves (including oil, gas and coal). It also reduces how much carbon dioxide is released into the air.

Reduce your carbon footprint by recycling copper. Metal recyclers not only recycle copper products, but purchase them from those that wish to recycle, encouraging consumers even more to improve sustainability. General Recycling Industries Ltd. offers a scrap metal purchasing program where we will purchase your scrap copper, including wire, tubing, pipes, radiators, bars and sheets.

Learn more about scrap metal recycling or bring in your recyclable copper to us today. Call us at 866-983-9999 with your questions or feel free to contact us online.