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Selling Scrap Copper For Recycling Can Earn You Money

Metal is endlessly recyclable. Today's car can be made out of yesterday's soda cans. Copper is no different. In fact, it is in high demand for recycling. That's because there isn't enough raw copper in the world, so any copper that is accessible is in high demand. Recycling that copper will get more copper into the system. It can also be a lucrative thing for people to collect and sell. If you are going to sell copper for recycling purposes, you need to know a few things to do so that you can get the most profit from your endeavors possible.  

Get Permission

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but too many people skip doing this and take copper without anyone's permission. The problem is that you can get in trouble, and you won't make any money. Talk to supervisors on construction sites, homeowners that have scrap metal sitting around, and anyone who might be the rightful owner.


Copper comes in various grades, depending on what it was used for, what kind of coatings or paint is on it, and how much it may have been mixed with other metals. If you learn the basic grades of copper and how to separate the copper you find into those grades, you may be able to get more money. That's because the scrap and recycling service won't have to, which can take time. If you can take in a load of a specific grade, you can maximize your profits because the recycling service won't need to grade anything, and you can get paid for the grade level you brought in. 


You should also clean the copper you get, at least to a certain amount. You may not be able to get all the coatings and paint off pipes, but you can strip the insulation off wires. The copper will be easier to store without the insulation because you can wind it onto spools, making it easier for you to store the wire until it is time to turn it in. 

Metal is easy to recycle. When it gets melted down, all impurities can be skimmed off or will burn off. That can make selling scrap metal to get recycled one way that you can get some money. Copper is in high demand, so you can earn more if you sell scrap copper. Knowing a few things can help you optimize your earnings. 

For more information, contact a copper recycling center near you.