Copper Recycling in Austin
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Convenient Copper Recycling in Austin
Gardner Metal Recycling offers competitive prices for recycling copper and other metals to commercial, industrial, and even individual customers. We offer scrap metal recycling services that help your business improve its bottom line and make it easier for you to focus on your priorities. Gardner takes pride in being a family-owned and operated organization.
After more than 60 years in the business, Gardner Metal Recycling knows that taking care of our Austin scrap metal recycling customers means knowing our industry, offering fair pricing, and making recycling copper and other scrap metals convenient.
Where Is Copper Scrap Found?
Pure copper and copper alloys have been used and recycled for thousands of years. As a highly versatile material, copper has numerous uses in a wide variety of industries. In the medical field, copper is valued for its natural antimicrobial properties. In fact, the oldest documented use of copper can be found in the Smith Papyrus, an Egyptian medical text.
While most of Gardner’s customers are not using copper to sterilize drinking water or chest wounds, they do represent a wide variety of industries. Copper ore has a number of properties that make it almost indispensable to industrial work. Copper conducts heat and electricity well, and it is relatively easy to work with. It’s also resistant to corrosion and can be used in a number of applications. Because of its diverse uses, you can find copper content in almost any industry.
Some of the most common industries that produce large amounts of copper scrap include:
- Construction contractors
- Electrical and power transmission
- Manufacturing and machining
- Utility service providers
How Do I Get the Best Copper Recycling Prices?
Along with being one of the most common, copper is generally the most valuable scrap metal. Whether you’re disposing of old equipment or demolishing a home to rebuild, getting paid for copper scrap is one way to boost your profit margin.
If you choose to go with a yard that doesn’t offer full-service scrap metal recycling, you will want to make sure to put in a little elbow grease before hauling in your scrap. Generally, scrap yards’ payouts will be based on the least valuable piece in your pile, so you should make sure to separate your scrap before handing it over. If you have a variety of metals, separate them. Unless you’re working with bare, bright copper, copper and brass can be difficult to tell apart, but there are ways to try to get it right. While you definitely want to get paid for all your different metals, you don’t want to throw more valuable copper pieces in with your aluminum.
Eliminate deductions to your copper salvage price by removing plugs, plastic, rubber, paint and other coatings from your recycling. You can also plan ahead by being sure to have systems in place to reduce the need to sort through your trash after the fact, like having designated places for electronics components, insulated copper wire, and other materials.
If you have some flexibility in your scrap schedule, it is also worth it to reach out to Gardner’s team before dropping off your scrap. Like gold and silver, copper’s market prices fluctuate daily. While the fluctuation might not represent huge leaps, it might be worth it to check-in to get a little extra for your scrap. Customers with ongoing projects may want to consider renting containers from Gardner to hold scrap, and you can also save yourself time with our scrap metal pickup program.
What Kinds of Copper Does Gardner Metal Recycling Buy?
Gardner accepts a variety of different metals, and we aim to help companies not only save money but dispose of their metal scrap responsibly. Because metals can be recycled almost indefinitely, recycled copper has a positive impact on the environment by reducing waste and improving overall environmental quality.
That’s why Gardner has the technology and resources to accept almost every form of scrap metal, like copper and its alloys, including through our commercial scrap yard services:
- Copper filings and shavings
- Pipes and tubes
- Roofing copper
- Bare wire and cable
- Insulated wire and cable
- Cat 5/6
- Housewire and Romex®
- Spaghetti wire
- Fire wire
- Insulated copper wire
However, the very act of getting to the copper products in your home or business is a project all itself, and major projects often mean major messes. Whether you just need a skilled, affordable demo team, or making sure your metal scrap is being collected in a way that maximizes efficient metal recycling is important to you, Gardner also offers competitively priced demolition services to clear your site..
Whether you need a one-time scrap yard for your excess copper pipe or are looking for a long-term partner in copper recycling, Gardner has you covered. Sign up for our scrap metal recycling price alert newsletter, or contact us today for a price quote on your copper scrap.