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2 Things To Do When You Are Collecting Copper To Recycle

If you are going to collect scrap metal to get some extra cash, you may decide that you want to specialize in collecting copper. Copper is generally the best paying option out there. If you want to get the best price possible, then there are some things that you need to do in order to get that good price. 

Strip the Wires

One of the things that you are going to need to do is to strip the wires. That way the recycling center doesn't have to do it, and you know that all the weight of the wire you're selling back is just wire. Insulation may not weigh all that much, but that weight is going to add up the more wire you have. Stripping wire is pretty easy, as long as you have the right tool. You can pick up wire strippers at any hardware store. Then all you have to do is to sit down and strip the wires. You can strip it as you collect it, which will help you keep on top of it, but you can decide to do it all at once instead. 

Organize It

There are different classes of copper, depending on what the copper has been used for and what it is. Learning what those classes are will help you, for several reasons. One of them is that you can start organizing all of your copper into those various classes. Doing that will make it easier for you when you take your copper to the recycling center. Since the various classes tend to get different prices, if you have already organized everything and set them into the different grades, then taking in each of those classes separately is going to help to give you the best price. It will also mean that the whole process is going to go quicker because the copper recycling center isn't going to have to spend the time to separate everything out, which means that they are going to be able to just weigh your scrap and then give you the price for it. 

If you are going to earn extra money by gathering up scrap metal, then you need to make sure that you do everything you possibly can in order to get a good price. Cleaning and organizing your scrap metal so that it's ready to go to the recycling center will help you when you are selling it.