Copper is one of the most expensive and most commonly used metals in the world. To put it into perspective, as of 2021, iron ore sells for about $270 AUD a tonne, while copper sells for about $10,800 AUD a tonne. It has been used by many civilizations throughout time. In the ancient world, it was used to disinfect wounds, sterilise water and craft weapons and armour. It also plays an important role in the creation of tools, cookware and jewellery.
A great electrical conductor
Being an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, copper is highly suitable for electrical applications like computers and TV’s, along with vehicle heating and air conditioning units. Copper is also less likely to corrode which makes it an excellent option for plumbing and wiring applications.
Copper is the red-brown metal with the atomic number 29 in the scientific chart. It is commonly found in various natural locations like hydrothermal veins, oxidizes zones and basalt pockets. It comes with a 100% recycling property. This means copper can be reused again and again. There’s no need to waste any copper pieces and you can melt and use it for any purpose.
Copper can be recycled from these items
- Computer circuit boards & electronic components
- Doorknobs, locks and hinges
- Video game consoles
- Light fixtures
- Lightning rods
- Nuts, bolt, screws and washers
- Extension cords
- Air conditioners
- Washing machines
- Clothes dryers
Benefits of copper recycling
Did you know when recycling, copper can retain up to 90% of its original value? The mining of copper is a much more expensive and time-consuming process, when compared to recycling.
Copper also has an excellent tendency for a long working life cycle. This quality gives it great durability and ease of maintenance. Copper will also retain its performance despite being recycled several times. So, it is perfect to reuse in any sustainable application.
Mining generally can bring a devastating effect to the environment. It can contribute to air pollution and water pollution through toxic runoff. Additionally, it is also a factor in destroying animal habitat. Recycling copper minimises the need to build new mines.
What do you do with your old copper?
When a product in your home or business containing copper becomes useless, don’t throw it out. Call our friendly team at Denron Metals – Adelaide and we’ll recycle it. We’ll also pay you, a fair market price – right on the spot.