3 Common Household Items that Contain Copper

Copper is a versatile metal that’s found in a wide range of applications. After aluminium and iron, copper is the third most recycled metal worldwide. Recycled copper suffers no loss in quality and tends to command relatively high prices, so it’s worth keeping an eye out on discarded household items for any salvageable copper. Every little bit adds up.

Here are five household items that contain copper:

  • Household Wiring and Cables

Wiring is by far the most common application of copper due to its ability to conduct electricity and to transport energy across cities and countries. Most homes have plenty of copper wiring and cables running through them which should not be discarded whenever renovations or demolitions take place. Remove these wires from the walls carefully and bundle them together with other copper items and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how quickly it adds up.

  • Small Appliances

An easy source of copper wiring can be found within small household appliances such as coffee makers, blenders, toasters, and microwave ovens. Most of these small devices can be taken apart with a screwdriver and contain copper wiring that can be removed with a simple pair of scissors.

  • Roofing and Plumbing

If you’re having work done on your roof or plumbing, ensure that any copper discarded during the project isn’t thrown away with the rest of the waste. On roofs, gutters and downspouts can be made of copper as well as roofing components. Plumbing often contains large amounts of copper as well.

Large, bulky pieces of copper can be stored in a garage or shed, but it’s often better to take it down to have it recycled so that you can get it off your hands and make a healthy profit at the same time.

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Whether you’re looking to get rid of copper or any other recyclable metal, come visit Melbo Scrap Metal and let us take it off your hands. Recycled metals are environmentally-sensitive and help stimulate growth in Australia in many industries, including construction, manufacturing, and utilities. Do your part and make some money while you’re at it; come visit Melbo Scrap Metal today.

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