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How to recycle copper in Lancaster, PA


Whether you are a plumber with copper tubing, an electrical contractor with insulated wire or a household resident with some scrap metal Sahd Metal Recycling makes it very easy to recycle your copper scrap and turn your metal into money!  

For large industrial customers, we can set up bins or gaylord boxes to switch out when they are full.  We offer a pickup service free for a good quantity of material.  Formula pricing based on an index to kitcometals.com keeps you in control of the value of your scrap because you can determine when you want to cash it in. We offer a 24-hour guarantee of pickup of your containers and metal once you call, text, or email that you are in need of service.

Contractors or residential customers can always visit: https://recycleyourmetal.com/sell-metal/ to check the current scrap metal prices before bringing the metal in.  If you have an especially large quantity of metal, call us at 717-684-8560 or email dan@recycleyourmetal.com with pictures and quantity for a potential price bump. 

Here are the various grades of copper we recycle:

Bare Brite Copper – shiny solid strands of copper wire that can be chopped and free of rubber insulation jacket.

#1 Copper – shiny strands of hair copper wire (stripped welding lead, etc) or tubing free of any attachments, paint or solder

#2 Copper – copper free of any brass or steel elbows, ok to have paint or solder

Insulated Copper Wire – Copper with rubber jacket still on, free of excessive non-wire attachments

Brass – fixtures that are not magnetic and not zinc (zinc is white when scratched, brass is yellow) elbows on copper pipe runs, etc.

Car Radiators – brass rods with copper fins, some have steel attachments making them irony

Copper Aluminum Radiators – radiators that are comprised of aluminum fins on copper tube, some have steel that make them irony.

Electric Motors – copper windings with steel housing

These are only some of the grades of copper we can recycle!  If you have any questions, contact us in advance of your visit!

For bare brite copper (stripped shiny copper wire free of the jacket of insulation), visit us between 8am-4pm Monday-Friday at 1045 Lancaster Avenue in Columbia.  Cans can be whole or crushed and placed in bags or drums.  It is best to dump small grocery bags loose into large garbage bags so the process is quicker in the yard.

Pull up to the office at 1045 Lancaster Avenue in Columbia Monday-Friday between 8am and 4pm and Shelbie will direct you inside the gate and around to the back of the small metals scale where we will help you unload and weigh all of your metals–it is preferred if they are divided into different containers on your vehicle.  If it’s your first visit we need your driver’s license to scan and give you a weight ticket.  Proceed to the office and scan your ticket at our cash dispenser and collect your money!


Acceptable Materials

Appliances including:
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • FOR A $10 FEE—Air Conditioners

End of Life Items Including:
  • Machinery (all fluids,pans and cylinders removed)
  • Farm Equipment
  • Farm Machinery
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cast Iron Patio Furniture
  • Cast Iron Outdoor Railing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steel Wheels
  • Steel

Nonferrous Scrap:
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Pots and Pans
  • Aluminum Siding/Gutters/Downspouts
  • Aluminum Patio Furniture
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Aluminum Wire
  • Auto Batteries
  • Brass Fixtures/Lamps Decorative items
  • Cable, Fence and Wire
  • Christmas Lights
  • Copper
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Pipes
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Valves and Connectors
  • Copper Tubing
  • Copper Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Insulated Wire
  • Radiators
  • Screen Doors/Windows (glass removed)
  • Stainless Steel

Prohibited Materials

  • Acetylene Cylinders
  • Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)- applies to both fibrous and solid materials
  • Any Scrap Containing Refrigerants (CFC or HCFC) (Freezers, Refrigerators)  Air Conditioners are accepted for a $10 fee
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT/tube-style computer monitors or televisions)
  • Closed Compressed Gas Cylinders – high pressure cylinders with valve intact
  • Combustible or Flammable Materials – fuels, paints, degreasers, unpunctured aerosol cans
  • Corrosive Materials – highly acidic or caustic materials (battery acid, caustic soda, etc.)
  • Explosive Materials, Munitions, Shell Casings – includes suspect military scrap
  • Free Flowing Liquids (including water)
  • Hazardous Waste – toxic or poisonous materials or wastes
  • Infectious Materials – blood-soaked or biohazard items
  • Liquids or Scrap Containing Free Flowing Liquids – fuels, antifreeze, oils, hydraulic fluid, paints
  • Mercury Containing Materials – mercury-containing thermostats, switches or fluorescent light bulbs
  • Non-Metallic Items – concrete, wood, asphalt, dirt, debris, tires (more than 5 per auto)
  • PCB-Containing Materials
  • Whole tanks uncut
  • Radioactive Scrap – anything exhibiting radiation levels above background
  • Scrap with Small Capacitors that contain 50 ppm of PCBs