Copper is probably best known for its ability to conduct electricity and heat. This metal was one of the first to be extracted and used by humans, making its debut as coins and ornaments in 8000 B.C. At General Recycling Industries Ltd., we collect and sell scrap copper at our Edmonton location. We will buy stripped or insulated copper wire, tubing and pipe, radiators, and sheet copper. Our facility also accepts a variety of other metals and recyclable materials.
Uses of Copper
Because copper is such a good conductor of electricity, it is often used in electrical generators and motors, for electrical wiring, and in electronic goods such as radio and TV sets. It also conducts heat very well, leading to its use in motor vehicle radiators, air conditioners, and home heating systems. Vehicles use copper in many of their components. The average car has about 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) of copper wire and the total amount of copper used ranges from 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in smaller vehicles to 45 kilograms (99 pounds) in luxury or hybrid vehicles.
Copper can also be combined with other materials to create metals that have become an important part of our everyday lives. When combined with zinc it forms brass and when combined with tin it forms bronze. These metals are all used to make a variety of products that we use nearly every day. At General Recycling Industries Ltd., we have been buying copper in Edmonton since 1976. We also sell and recycle copper and a variety of other metals.
Why Recycle Copper?
Though only about 12% of known copper resources have been mined as of today, copper ore is a finite resource, so recycling as much copper as possible just makes common sense. It is also cheaper and better for the environment to recycle old copper than it is to mine and extract new copper. Recycling a tonne of copper uses 15% of the energy that would be used to mine and extract the same amount of new copper.
For sustainable copper recycling in Edmonton, choose General Recycling Industries Ltd. We also collect a variety of other ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Give us a call today to learn more.