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Understanding The Different Types of Copper at The Scrapyard – 6/15/23



Going over some of the different types of copper your typical scrap yard will take!!! With another up day for copper on the LME we also decided to raise our prices!! We are now paying $3.10 for #1 and $2.85 for 2!!! High yield 85% Ins copper is also up to $2.40 as well!!! #copper #recycling #metal #work #scrap #sustainability #scrapyard #process #price #recycle #foryou #fyp #wire #bluecollar #manufacturing #team

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Lets talk Copper!

Ever wondered some of the different types of coppers  that your typical scrap yard will take?

First, let’s look at #1 and #2 copper! 

So #1 copper is one of the highest quality copper we get here at our yard and it should be free from any impurities, it should not have any copper or brass fittings, and should have no paint or sauder 

On the other hand, if there is paint and sauder on it and it does have fittings then that is what we would consider our #2. And right now we are paying customers $3.00 for #1 copper and $2.75 for #2

Next, we have insulated copper wire which we also separate between a #1 and #2 categories.

We can usually tell it is #1 insulated copper just by feeling the wire, if its firm 

and holds its shape when you move then it will be #1, we also look for a waxy outside coating like this for example, which is usually a good indicator that its #1

#2 insulated copper on the other hand is typically more flimsy when you bend it and this is just because it has less copper in it so it can’t hold its shape as well as #1 wire.

It is all about the copper content when looking at the insulated coppers, and because #1 wire has a significant amount more copper than #2, we pay a much higher price for it. Right now we are paying $1.70 for #1 insulated copper and $.65 for #2.

Stay tuned for the next video where we will go over the rest of the coppers your typical scrap yard will take!


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