You probably don’t think too much about it in your day-to-day life, but copper is one of the single most important substances in humanity’s history. As a naturally-occurring element, copper is abundant on our planet, and was easy for our ancient ancestors to work with. Its use in our civilizations goes back to the very dawn of known human history: at least 10,000 years.
Unfortunately, while it is abundant, it isn’t limitless. It is believed that, we will only be able to maintain our current output for 25-50 years. This is why copper recycling is so important. Every bit of copper you recycle helps stave off that point a bit longer, giving us more time to research new technologies for preserving it.
Plus, even better, copper recycling is profitable! Scrap copper is among the most valuable common scrap metal, and you can often receive between $2.50 and $3.00 for a single pound. That means, if you’ve got some copper scrap lying around – and you almost certainly do – you can bring it to your friendly neighborhood scrap yard for some serious cash.
Copper Is All Around You
There are an astounding number of ways that copper is used in our everyday lives. You probably have copper lying around that you don’t need, that you may not even know about!
Here are just a few sources for copper recycling in your life:
Wiring. Nearly all electrical wiring is copper-based. If you’ve got a bail of old copper wire that’s been gathering dust in your attic for a decade, it’s (nearly) as good as gold!
Electric motors. Generators, small servos, and virtually anything unbowed use copper both to transport electricity and often to make it, through electromagnets.scrap metal
Piping. Chances are good the water pipes in your house are made of copper, and scrap pipes are everywhere. If you find a chance to get some for cheap, flip it for cash.
Cookware. There are still plenty of copper pans in use, although they’re less common than they used to be. Perhaps it’s time to trade in that old heirloom set of pans for something modern and teflon-coated.
Brass! A lot of people forget that brass is an alloy made substantially of copper. It also has nearly as high a recycling price.
So, why not help out the planet and your wallet at the same time? Copper recycling helps everyone!