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4 Different Copper Types That You Can Find in a Scrap Metal Yard for Recycling

by Eleanor Holland

Copper is no doubt one of the metals that are most commonly and widely used in the construction industry. Engineers use it to make plumbing fixtures like pipes and parts of the heating, cooling, and air conditioning fixtures. The metal also occurs abundantly in a wide array of domestic appliances. Consider these as the four grades of copper scrap for recycling. 

Grade 1 Copper

The first grade of copper is the purest form of copper available. It is also the most expensive for recyclers. You can find it in clippings, bus bars, wires, and segments of commutators. Most people that handle recycled copper consider this the best in the market. They also classify some pipes as first grade, as long as they do not have signs of corrosion. Some recyclers also accept tubing with minimal oxidation as first grade, as long as there is no extensive damage. 

Second Grade Copper

Grade two is a little less pure than the first grade. It is a component of solid and unalloyed copper with paint, solder as well as other debris. However, there is a minimum percentage of copper allowed in this category. Most recyclers will demand that the amount of copper be above ninety. Some shops also accept copper with minimal oxidation, as long as it does not have massive damage to its structure. 

First and Second Grade Insulated Wires

These are copper wires as well as cables that are clean and not coated. The category also includes uncoated and untinned copper wires. With that said, the wires should have either plastic or rubber insulation. You will find this grade of copper in the regular telephone wires and extension cords for electrical appliances in the house. Some of the wires might have insulation from Nickel, but that doesn't make them too impure to be part of the category. 

Bare and Bright Copper

Bare and bright copper is another crucial category. It is usually unalloyed, thick, and doesn't have insulation of any kind. Copper pipes are not allowed as a part of this category. The recyclers typically demand that this type of copper be free not only from paint and impurities, but also from any other coatings if they are to be graded and priced as bare and bright copper. 

These are the four main classifications of copper scrap that you probably won't struggle to find in a scrap metal yard. You should speak to recycling centers close to you and find out their rates for all the categories. It will help you estimate how beneficial it would recycle.