Copper: The Metal with a Golden Recycling Potential

copper scrap metal for recycling

Copper is a versatile and highly conductive metal, that plays a pivotal role in many industries across Australia. Its properties make it excellent for electrical and thermal conductivity, and it’s a hardy metal, resistant to corrosion. 

We’re going to delve into its recyclability and why its worth taking the time to recycle your scrap copper. 

So, let’s get started. 

What are Australia’s most common uses of Copper?

Coppers most common uses come from the commercial sector. It has high conductivity value, so it’s useful in vast ways, but here are Australia’s most common use for this valuable metal:

  1. Electrical Wiring and Cables: Copper is extensively used in the electrical industry for wiring and cables due to its high electrical conductivity.
  2. Plumbing and Piping: Copper pipes and fittings are commonly used in plumbing systems for water supply and heating systems due to their durability and resistance to corrosion.
  3. Renewable Energy: Copper plays a crucial role in the electrical components and wiring of solar panels and wind turbines.
  4. Telecommunications: Copper is used in cables and wires for internet and phone services, due to its ability to transmit signals with minimal loss.
  5. Construction: Copper is used in various construction materials, such as roofing, cladding, and architectural elements, for its aesthetic appeal and longevity.
  6. Transportation: Copper is used in automotive, marine, and rail transportation systems, especially in electrical components, motors, and wiring.
  7. Electronics: Copper is a key material in electronic devices, including smartphones, computers, and household appliances, for its conductive properties in circuit boards and electronic components.
  8. Industrial Machinery: Copper is used in manufacturing equipment, such as motors, bearings, and heat exchangers, due to its thermal conductivity and resistance to wear.

Can Copper be Recycled?

Yes! Copper can be recycled. It is one of the most valuable and efficiently recyclable metals. Recycling copper helps conserve natural resources, reduces energy consumption, and decreases greenhouse gas emissions compared to producing new copper from ore.

Is Copper fully recyclable?

Yes, copper is fully recyclable. 

Is Copper infinitely recyclable?

Yes! Just as it is full recyclable, it can be recycled repeatedly without losing its quality or properties. This makes copper an extremely sustainable material. The recycling process for copper does not degrade its quality, so recycled copper is just as valuable and useful as newly mined copper. As a result, copper is often referred to as a “green” metal, and recycling it plays a significant role in reducing the environmental impact of its use.

 scrap copper ready for recycling
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How much is a KG of Copper worth in Australia?

The value of copper changes regularly, so we don’t want to advise a definitive number here. We’d recommend contacting our scrap recycling experts for a quote. However, you can expect to collect at least $7 per KG for copper, when recycling in Melbourne.

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Written by businessassist