Recycling Copper Cable

Although copper cables are often "scrapped" for their copper content, many times, these cables are sent to landfills.  Difficulty in extracting the copper content from the cable insulation is just on of the reasons why copper ends up in landfills instead of recycling centers.

There are many good reasons why copper should be recycled.


It is less costly to recycle copper than to mine and extract new copper. Recycled copper can retain much of its original value. Recycled copper can ultimately reduce the cost of copper products. Alos "scrapping" metals such as copper can become a lucrative business.

Limited Resouces

Based on current estimates, 12% to 13% of known copper reserves have been mined. Although a large amount of the earth's copper remains, it makes sense to begin conserving the remaining ore by recycling.

Energy Efficiency

Recycling a ton of copper uses 15% of the energy that is used to extract and mine the same ton of copper. Recycling helps to conserve fossil fuels and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Landfill Costs

Recycling copper before it ends up in our landfills reduces landfill costs and that is good for everyone.


One of the bi-products of mining and refining metal is the release of gases and dust. Metal producers must collect these to meet EPA standards. Recycling metal is virtually an emissions-free process and good for the environment.

How can my company recycle copper cables in an easy and efficient process?

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