What do you do with all of those ink toner cartridges that your office uses each day? How about all of the paper that is tossed out after being looked at for just a few seconds? Now, what do you do with all of the dead batteries from different gadgets around the office? I created this blog to help other businesses find methods of recycling the many recyclable materials that come in and out of the office in a day. It is my hope that knowing what can be done with these things will help keep them out of the landfill.
You might have heard that you should look into recycling the scrap copper that you have, or you might have scrapped other types of metal at some point or another. If you don't actually have experience with recycling copper, however, you might need a little bit of help. By following these simple tips, you should be able to enjoy an easy and positive experience when recycling your copper. This is true whether you are recycling copper wires or any other type of copper item.
Recycle It for Cash
Don't assume that you will have to pay someone to recycle your copper for you. In fact, the opposite is true. Copper is a valuable metal, and you can actually get paid a decent amount of cash for recycling it. If you aren't sure of where to take your copper, do your research about metal recycling companies in your area. Most companies that offer other types of metal recycling services will provide copper recycling services, too. The amount that you will get paid for your copper will depend on how much copper you have — along with other things — but overall, if you are like many people who are new to recycling copper, you might be surprised by just how much cash you can walk away with.
Sort It Out
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make when recycling copper is mixing it in with other types of metals. If you do this, you typically won't be paid nearly as much for your copper. Instead, you should make sure that you recycle your copper by itself. Of course, if you have other metals, you can recycle them too so that you can make a little bit of cash and handle your metal in an environmentally responsible way; just make sure that the other metals aren't mixed in with your copper. Also, remove any rubber or other parts that might be attached to your copper for best results.
Bring Your ID
Because copper is such a valuable metal and because it can fetch such a high price when it's recycled for cash, it is a common target for thieves. Because of this, there are laws and regulations in place in many states that are designed to deter and catch this type of theft. This means that many copper recycling companies are required to document the name, address, and more of people who recycle copper with their business. Bring along your ID, and fill out any paperwork that the copper recycling company asks you to fill out to avoid any issues or delays.