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Hello, I am Evan Nadal. When I first started recycling, we placed each of the materials in separate bins. Sometimes, separate trucks would come pick up the cardboard, glass and plastic materials. Today, we can simply place all of the items in a single bin for the truck to pick up each week. The materials are automatically sorted at the facility. After the preparation and processing procedure, the new materials are shipped out to manufacturers that create new packaging and products from those supplies. I want to explore the recycling process from beginning to end on this site. I will talk about manufacturing with recycled materials as well. Please visit my site daily to learn more.


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The Answers To These Questions Will Teach You About Recycling Copper

by Eleanor Holland

You're probably familiar with copper. It's the material that pennies are made from (or, at least, coated in). It's also the most common material used for wiring, and it's a really common choice for plumbing, too. But how much do you know about recycling copper? If your answer is "not a lot," then you can benefit from reading through these FAQs (and answers) about copper recycling services.

What copper materials can be recycled?

Almost anything made from copper can be recycled. This means you can recycle old copper pipes, an old copper pan, and even copper plates. It's really common for people to recycle old copper wiring. There's more copper in a wire than you might think, once all that insulation is stripped off.

Where can you bring copper to be recycled?

If there are any metal recycling facilities near you, then you can bet that they recycle copper. It is one of the most in-demand metals and is easy for the facilities to melt down, clean, and send out for reuse. Call the metal recycling plants near you if you have copper to recycle. They'll tell you where and when to drop it off.

Do you get paid for bringing in copper for recycling?

The short answer is "yes." Metal recycling plants almost always pay people who bring metal in. Those who bring in the metal refer to this as "scrapping." Copper is more valuable than many of the other metals these plants accept. It's not unusual for people to earn a lot of money just by bringing in a decent-sized load of copper. If your copper items are clean — for instance, if your wire is stripped rather than still covered in insulation — you will be paid more.

How is the copper actually treated?

A plant that offers copper recycling services will follow a four-step process to make the copper usable again.

  1. The copper items are cut into chunks.
  2. A screening machine is used to separate the bits of copper from the bits of other material, based on density.
  3. The copper is melted down, and impurities are extracted.
  4. The now-pure copper is shaped into rods and sold to manufacturers who will use it to make pipes, wires, and more.

You should now have a better idea of how copper recycling works and how you can contribute! Bring any copper scraps you might have to a plant near you soon.