Copper Recycling

Copper

For thousands of years, copper and copper alloys have been recycled. This has been a normal economic practice. The entire economy of the copper and copper alloy industry is dependent on the economic recycling of any surplus products.

The usual commercial supplies of pure copper are used for the most critical of electrical applications such as the production of fine and superfine enameled wires. It is essential that purity is reproducibly maintained in order to ensure high conductivity, consistent annealability and freedom from breaks during rod production and subsequent wire drawing.

For non-electrical purposes, copper is also used to make large quantities of plumbing tube, roofing sheet and heat exchangers. Where scrap copper is associated with other materials, for example after having been tinned or soldered, it will frequently be more economic to take advantage of such contamination than try to remove it by refining.

Copper is an essential trace element needed for the healthy development of most plants, animals and human beings. In general, moderate excess quantities of copper are not known to cause problems. Every care is taken to avoid wasting copper and it is recycled where possible.

Common Electronic Items Which Contain Insulated Copper Wire

  • TVs and Monitors. …
  • Most electronics have insulated wires inside the metal housing, including laptops, printers, radios, and DVD players. …
  • Desktop towers are a great source for scrapped insulated copper wire. …
  • Large Appliances. …
  • Small Appliances.