From basic prehistoric tools to today's modern technologies, copper has helped create many of the conveniences we have enjoyed throughout the centuries until today. For this reason, copper recycling must be encouraged.
Such a useful metal should not be left to rot as waste especially when it is sought out by various manufacturers to help create their products. This is why we at Elgin Recycling & Scrap Metal make sure that through our services, your unwanted copper can make its way to the many businesses that need it.
Copper is created in volcanic areas that have high concentrations of hot sulfuric solutions. It is estimated to have been discovered by man in 9000 BC in the Middle East. The earliest use of copper has been found to date back 10,000 years.
Copper has been used throughout history in everything from tools to currency. The Ancient Egyptians used the metal for many applications, one of them being the earliest known plumbing systems they constructed within their structures. Copper has been an essential material to man since prehistoric times.
Today, copper has many uses, which include: plumbing, construction, manufacturing, and electrical applications. Electrical wiring is the most common use of the metal due to its superior electrical conductive properties.
Copper is 100% recyclable and it’s the third most recycled metal after iron and aluminum. Researchers estimate that 80% of the copper ever mined is still in use today.
Because the metal can be used in so many different applications, manufacturers and other industrial accounts are always on the lookout for alternative sources of copper. Recycling copper is one of the best ways to make sure it is available on the market. It also ensures that companies don't have to resort to mining since scrap copper recycling makes the metal readily available for use.
We recycle all types of copper:
- Copper Wire
- Insulated Copper Wire
- Communication Wire
- Plumbing Copper
- Roofing Copper
- Copper Sculptures
- Coax Cables
- Aluminum Copper Radiators
- Household Items
- Electric Motors
The average home contains 400 lbs. of copper that is used for electrical wiring, pipes, and appliances. The average car has 50 pounds of copper.
Drop by an Elgin Recycling Center near you today and make the most out of your copper recyclables. Got more than copper items? Feel free to bring your other unneeded metals; we also provide stainless steel, aluminum, and brass recycling services. Make sure they are sorted and separated from each other to maximize their profitability at our copper recycling centers.
Are your recyclables too much for your vehicle to carry? Have them picked up instead. Call us or schedule a pickup online. We provide full-service trucking for eligible loads.