We Buy Copper

Here are the types of copper recycling Austin we pay top prices for. Click on an image below to enlarge the thumbnail and view the slideshow:

Copper, a reddish colored metal, is very valuable in the scrap metal industry. Firstly, civilizations used copper for over 10,000 years and recycled it since early times. Secondly, copper does not degrade during recycling. Therefore, copper in use today could have been first fabricated into objects thousands of years ago. 

Copper, as a nonferrous metal, is the best conductor of electricity except for silver. It has electrical and thermal conductivity, along with properties of high ductility and malleability. Therefore, industry considers copper the most demanded metals, exceeded only by iron and aluminum.

Environmental Importance of Copper Recycling

Copper is an essential trace element necessary for plant and animal health. Moderate excess exposure to copper does not cause health risks. 

Used in many applications, you’ll find copper inside your computer, in your home’s electric wiring, inside your car engine, and used in your bathrooms for piping. Because of the various ways copper is useful in everyday things, it is highly valued. 

As with other metals, there are environmental benefits to recycling copper Austin. For example, we can conserve natural resources, reduce energy required for processing, and divert from solid waste. Mining raw copper from virgin ore is a tedious and costly process. Therefore, if the world recycles it from previous places, it’s more cost-effective.

About 20 mines concentrated in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, and Montana contribute to 99% of domestic copper production.

Slightly over one-half of recycled copper is new scrap recovery. This includes chips and machine turnings. The rest is old post-consumer scraps such as electrical cable, old radiators, and plumbing tube.

Scrap Copper Recycling Austin

At All American Recycling, we accept all types of copper. Copper is a great conductor of electricity inside wires and cables. Additionally, copper is great for pipes for water and oil due to its durability. Bring us your insulated wire, tubing, sheeting, heat exchangers, electric motors and more.

Different grades of copper scrap have different values. These values are based on the difficulty and efficiency of copper materials smelting process.

Recycling copper saves up to 85% of the energy needed to produce new copper. In addition, copper recycling reduces emissions caused by mining.

Working with Electricians and Plumbers

All American Recycling is proud to support local businesses and contractors. For example, we offer special pricing for copper wire and cables to electricians in the area. In addition, we offer special pricing for copper tubing and brass to plumbers in the area.

Scrap Copper Recycling Austin Facts

Did you know…

  • The US produces about 8% of the world’s total copper supply.
  • With amount of copper recycled in the US each year, we can build 25,000 Statues of Liberty.
  • The copper recycling process saves between 85-90% of energy resources as opposed to mining the earth for new copper ore.
  • Recycled copper and copper alloy accounts for about 50% of copper consumed in the US each year.
  • Worldwide supply of copper is about 8.1 trillion pounds. However, we have only mined about 13.6% (1.1 trillion pounds) throughout history.
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