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What is Copper and How Can You Sell Scrap Copper for Profit?

By Luka Dickson

Copper (Symbol Cu) is a highly valuable metal, used for a wide range of purposes from electrical wiring to construction materials. It is also one of the most easily recycled metals in the world, due to its versatility. If you have scrap copper lying around your home or business, you could be sitting on a valuable source of income. Luckily, you can sell scrap copper to a metal recycling company such as Metal Men Recycling to give it a second life, whilst also getting paid cash for your contribution.

copper wire is a common way to sell scrap copper

What is Copper and What are its Material Qualities:

Copper is a naturally occurring, non-ferrous orange-brown metal found in the earth’s crust. Its varied physical and chemical characteristic properties give the metal versatility and value. Firstly, it is highly electrically and thermally conductive, – second highest only to silver among pure metals at room temperature. This characteristic makes it a popular choice for electrical wiring and a range of other industrial applications. Secondly, it is also ductile and malleable, meaning it can be easily shaped and formed into a wide range of products, from pipes to jewellery. Additionally, it has corrosion-resistant and antimicrobial properties that can help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria such as E.Coli (although the significance of this characteristic is still being researched), making it ideal for use in plumbing pipes and fittings, roofing, gutters, and flashing.

Where Copper Can Be Found in Your Household:

You may be surprised to learn that copper can be found in many household items, including old electrical wiring, plumbing fixtures such as pipes and fittings, and kitchen utensils such as copper-bottomed pots and pans. Electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, and televisions also contain small amounts of copper in their wiring and circuit boards. Copper is also present in some types of batteries and in some medical devices. To identify copper in your household items, look for a reddish-brown colour or a greenish patina on the surface.

Why is Copper Valuable:

Copper is valuable for several reasons. Its unique combination of properties makes it highly desirable for a range of essential industrial and household applications as mentioned prior. Given its versatility, the demand for copper is high and remained relatively stable over time. Luckily, copper is easily recyclable and an abundant resource, making it one of the most profitable types of scrap metals. 75% of copper products use recycled copper, giving the metal a continuous shelf life.

Why Recycling Copper is Important:

Recycling copper is an essential way to reduce the environmental impact of copper mining. Mining copper can have negative environmental impacts such as deforestation, water pollution, and soil erosion. By recycling your copper items, you can help reduce the need for new copper mining and protect the environment. Metal Men Recycling is committed to promoting sustainable and eco-friendly metal production by encouraging the recycling of copper and other metals.

How Can You Sell Scrap Copper:

If you have scrap copper at your home, worksite, office or any other premises then get in contact with Metal Men Recycling today! Our dedicated metal processing facility and yard give us the capability to recycle a wide variety of metals and alloys, including copper! With metal men recycling, not only do you get the opportunity to reduce clutter and rubbish, but you can also sell scrap copper for a profit! First, gather all your scrap copper items, including old electrical wiring, plumbing fixtures, and other copper items. Next, contact us to arrange for the pickup or drop-off of your scrap copper. We will deliver metal collection bins to your premises free of charge and pick them up at an organised later date to collect all your metal waste. After you sell scrap copper to us, we can organise payment via cheque or EFT.

Are You Ready to Sell Scrap Copper?

Make the most of Metal Men Recycling’s dedicated metal and copper recycling capabilities today! We pride ourselves on being metal recycling experts and providing exceptional customer service from start to finish. Don’t let valuable scrap metal sit around to collect dust and take up space. Sell scrap copper today!

Call us at 03 5941 6677, or fill out our online contact form, and we will get back to you!

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