So you’ve got some wire laying around the house and the garage. You don’t think it’s a big deal, but your spouse has been after you to throw it out since before you met and there’s no room left where the lawn chairs are supposed to be.
Do not throw it out
Wire Recycling, even in small amounts can be valuable. Rather than tripping on it or bickering about it, gather it up and take it in to be recycled. Not only will the lawn chairs fit back where they’re supposed to, you’ll have some money in your pocket to buy new ones if you wish.
Your old scrap metal stash is actually cash. No matter what your collection holds, there is probably value to it. And that means you have money just lying around.
- BX cable – Also called armored cable of “Type AC.”
- Teck cable – Made of bare copper conductors with cross linked polyethylene insulation.
- High voltage cable – Used for electric transmission at (you guessed it) high voltage.
- House wire – Typical electric wire in a modern American home.
- Insulated copper – High conductivity and value.
- Aluminum wire – In use since the early 1900s. Has better conductivity than copper!
- ACSR – Aluminum conductor steel reinforced cable.
- Power cable – For portable electronics and whatnot.
- Communications cable – Used in telephone and LAN cords. Often copper.
- Elevator cable – Just in case you used to have an elevator.
Do it yourself … or not
You’ll get the most bang for your buck if you pre-sort your wire recycling, so when it comes time to take it in to be recycled (or have the recycler come to you), you know exactly what you have. Many recyclers pay a premium if you’ve done the sorting for them. And if you’re already relegated to the garage you might as well make the most of your time. Of course, if you want to bring it in as a heap of wires, you probably can, but you’ll probably get less from the recyclers.
It’s good for the neighborhood
Recycle Charlotte! Throwing perfectly good wire out when you could recycle it not only robs your pocketbook, it’s no good for the environment. It takes up space in landfills that could be used for the lawn chairs your spouse is threatening to throw out if you don’t get rid of the cables, for instance.