101: Copper Recycling
Copper Recycling 101
Copper is one of the worlds most commonly used metals and has been for over 10,000 years. Copper is rarely found in its pure form and is usually mined as copper ores. Pulled out of the ground from mines like our own Kennecott mine, located right here in Utah.
We use Copper for a lot of things. From wire (copper is great at conducting electricity) to coins, pipes, jewelry and pretty much anything you can think of. And like Aluminum, Copper is much easier to recycle than to mine it from scratch. Because of this the United States recycles about 50% of its Copper and provides about 20% of the worlds recovered Copper.
The good news for you? Because Copper is used so much and recycled so much, there are lots of ways you can make money by bringing us your old Copper. There are about 6 different types of Copper Valley Recycling accepts. you can learn more about them in our metal guide. All you have to do is bring your copper in and we’ll do the rest. We’ll sort it, pay you and then you can use that extra cash to buy more Copper products and start the process all over again.
Thanks to Kennecott for the cool video