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Old 09-12-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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Old electrical wire recycling?


I know some people want the copper or to use the wire that's still in the sheath for projects - is there any particular place to send scrap and old wiring to like a recycling center or something?
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A metal recycler will pay for the scrap. Clean and bare brings a better price than insulated.
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Metal scrappers are in every large town---clean copper is close to $4.00 a pound

wire scrap is only about .60 a pound---

Last week my assistant cashed in a recycling bin fill of old extention cords and computer cords--got $14--

He scraps all of our metals--$400 was the best trip---$140 is the average.

Aluminum shower doors and old copper pipe make up the bulk of our scrap.
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Oh good - because I actually have quite a bit of scrap this and that laying around other than the wire.

Thank you much! I'll save all these bits and pieces and make a big trip when I'm done with my work.
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You may want to go now while the price is up.
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Do not be surprised or upset if they ask for ID.

With all the recent copper thefts, many places require an ID and will only issue a check.

It is pretty SOP nowadays.
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I'm pretty bad, I tend to just throw out scraps. I should probably have a bin where I keep em.

I suppose I could throw them in the camp fire to remove the insulation too. Somehow I don't think that's very... green... though lol.
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Not only would you create air pollution, the wire is now not considered clean enough to get the best price.

Side note, the insulation went burned puts off poisonous gases.
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