If you’re looking for scrap copper prices, or just to find out more about copper recycling, you’ve come to the right place. At Hawkeswood Metal Recycling, copper is one of the metals we recycle regularly.
WHY RECYCLE YOUR COPPER WITH HAWKESWOOD METAL RECYCLING?
- We’re fully accredited with the ISO 14001, and we’re fully licensed by The Environment Agency. We pride ourselves on the green approach.
- We’re an approved CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Scheme) provider, and all of our sites are registered and fully compliant with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
- We use only the latest processing technology when recycling both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
RECYCLING USED COPPER – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Typically this is Copper that has already been soldered, tinned or painted. This distinguishes it from other grades of Copper, which should be of a higher quality and not suffer from these depreciations. To be qualified as Braziery Copper it should be at least 95% Copper, and it can consist of up to 5% Brass. It should be free of Iron.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RECYCLING COPPER?
- Mining for copper ‘at source’ can be harmful to the environment through the release of waste gasses such as sulphur dioxide. Recycling prevents this.
- If not recycled, copper might otherwise become landfill: a very expensive practice that’s also decidedly bad for the environment.
- There are substantial energy savings to be made. Recycling copper uses only 10 percent of the energy used to extract the source material. This saving can help the conservation of reserves like oil, gas and coal.
- It’s cheaper to recycle old copper than to mine new material. Recycling means that copper products are cheaper to buy.
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HOW IS COPPER RECYCLED?
Recycling copper involves a number of steps:
- First, the copper is separated into two main groups: clean unalloyed scrap and alloyed scrap containing oxidised or coated pieces.
- The clean scrap is melted down, and its purity level checked whilst molten. It’s then melted down into solid ingots.
- The contaminated scrap is also melted down, with a process called electrolysis used to purify it.
- The copper is then ready to be re-used.
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