Copper Recycling in Austin
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For over 10,000 years, civilizations have made use of copper metal. Copper is a highly versatile metal, not only appreciated for its aesthetic appearance but its industrial usage as well. That it is a premium conductor of electricity and thermal energy–combined with properties of high ductility and malleability– makes it one of the most demanded metals by industry.
Since copper does not degrade during recycling, some of the copper present in products today could date back to objects that were fabricated thousands of years ago. Gardner Metal Recycling is here to go over how you can leverage this highly prized, nonferrous metal to promote the sustainability and growth of your business.
Where Is Copper Scrap Found?
Because of its diverse uses, you can find copper content in almost any industry. Copper’s usage in the medical field is even documented in the Smith Papyrus, an Ancient Egyptian medical text. This is because apart from its utility as a conductor of electricity and heat, copper is also valued for its natural antimicrobial properties.
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. Its resistance to corrosion and application for several industrial purposes makes it one of the most valuable metals.
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
Copper conductors are highly valued forms of metal, usually available as wires or cables. The two most common types of single conductor wires are THW and THWN/THHN. The wires themselves can be either solid or stranded and are protected by metal or plastic sheathing.
Since the 1820s, when the first technology requiring electrical conductivity was developed, copper has been leveraged for its convenience as the top-performing conductive metal. Less need for insulation and its ability to stretch also contribute to its optimal functionality.
Common types of copper conductors can include:
- Beryllium Copper wire
- Copper Alloy wire
- Copper Clad Aluminum wire
- Copper Clad Steel wire
- Copper Nickel & Nickel Plated Copper wire
- Oxygen-Free Highly Conductive Copper (OFHC) wire
- Titanium Clad Copper wire
Is Copper Valuable?
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. Getting the maximum return on investment for selling copper scrap depends not only on the quantity of scrap but the quality as well.
For instance, clean copper– copper that is free of any other metals or materials– sells at a higher premium than junk copper or dirty copper. Dirty metals contain the metal you are looking for, but are mixed with another material which contaminates its pureness. A copper pipe that has no fittings or material on it would be considered clean, whereas a copper wire with a plastic casing around it would be considered dirty.
Here are some tips to keep in mind to get the most value out of your copper scrap:
- If you choose to go with a yard that doesn’t offer full-service scrap metal recycling, you will want to make sure to separate your scrap before handing it over. Generally, scrap yards pay out based on the least valuable metal in your haul.
- Eliminate deductions to your copper salvage price by removing plugs, plastic, rubber, paint and other coatings from your recycling.
- Set up designated places to sort electronics components, insulated copper wire and other materials.
- Track daily fluctuating copper spot prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible on your scrap.
- If you have any ongoing projects, consider renting containers from Gardner to hold scrap. You can also save yourself time with our scrap metal pickup program.
What is Bare Bright Copper?
Bare bright copper is sometimes referred to as “bright & shiny copper” because of its distinguishable reddish gleam. As the most valuable and high-paying grade around, bare bright copper can be identified by its exclusively bare, uncoated and unalloyed wire or cable. The scrap in hand must be no thicker than 16 gauge in thickness to indicate its number one copper quality. Note that copper piping is not included in this classification.
Gardner Metal Recycling: Your Copper Scrap Metal Recyclers
For more than 60 years, Gardner Metal Recycling has offered comprehensive metal recycling services for copper and other types of scrap metal to commercial, industrial and even individual customers in the Austin area. As a family-owned business, we value helping your business improve its bottom line to make it easier for you to focus on other business priorities.
We offer our customers fair and competitive pricing for copper and a variety of different metals to help your business not only save money but dispose of its metal scrap responsibly. Because metals can be recycled almost indefinitely, recycled copper helps preserve the sustainability of your business as well as the environment.
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
Getting to the copper products in your home or business can be a project unto itself. 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, we’ve got you covered.
Contact us for a copper scrap metal price quote or consultation to go over sorting, preparing and transporting your scrap metals using one of our scrap container rentals. We also have a copper recycling in Bastrop page if you're located there!