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The Life of Copper: From Underground to Your Home

tubes of copper for plumbing

According to the US Geological Survey, Copper is the third most-consumed industrial metal in the world, and about 75 percent of the copper used can be found in electronics, telecommunication cables, and electrical wires. This is because this metal is highly ductile, malleable, and conductive, as well as fairly resistant to corrosion. To go from its natural state in the ground to become a wire in your home, copper has to go through a long, multistage process. Here is the life cycle copper must go through in order to be used and reused by consumers.

How to Calculate the Recovery Rate of your Scrap Copper Wire

upclose of a copper wire which is scrappable for cash

Copper is a commonly used material that’s highly conductive. It’s great for electric work in homes and appliances alike. Copper is also a non-ferrous metal, meaning that it contains no steel or iron, so when combined with its relative availability, this metal is worth a lot in the world of scrap recycling. This is why it’s important to know how to calculate your recovery rate for your copper wire before you take it over to a scrap metal yard. That way, you will have a clear idea of how much cash you can expect to receive which can help you make sure you are getting the fairest price for your scrap metal. Here’s

10 Unique Industries that can Benefit from Recycling their Scrap Metal

two men overlooking a construction site

“Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” The phrase of our childhoods. Growing up, we have always been taught the importance of eliminating our waste and reducing our carbon footprint, but we often have a harder time putting these ideas into practice outside of our homes. Many of our current industries are wasting so much more aluminum, copper, and steel than they realize. This is not only a waste of valuable and precious resources, but it is also a missed opportunity on boosting our economy. Below, we have compiled a list of 10 unique industries that should look into recycling some of their old, scrap metal as

Both Tennessee Chambers Pass Bill Addressing Catalytic Converter Theft

Tennessee Scrap Law Update on white background with TSRA logo at the top

From the Tennessee Scrap Recycling Association: We are pleased to announce the passage of HB1155/SB1612 today in both chambers. To our knowledge this is the first bill in the country to pass which addresses catalytic converter theft. Many states have bills in the works and we expect to see passage very soon in many other states. A special thanks to our members, lobbyists, ISRI team members, Chiefs of Police, and the Sheriffs Association for working together in a unified approach with our legislators. This legislation shows “we” as an industry have taken a proactive approach to this issue in TN. Many of our

How to Scrap Metal Recycle an Old Vehicle

Sometimes, it can be hard to let go of an old vehicle. So much of our lives are spent in our cars, and it’s easy to build a strong attachment to the car or truck that helped you get to so many places where you’ve made lasting memories. But if it’s time to move on to a new vehicle, consider taking your old one to the scrap yard to be recycled. Many times, old or aging cars, trucks, or vans require more work to be sold than the vehicle is worth. Having your old vehicle scrap recycled could be the

6 Essential Scrapping Tools for Scrap Metal Recycling

old rusted tools that can be scrapped sitting in a toolbox

When scrap metal recycling becomes a major hobby or source of supplemental income, you need to become as efficient as you can at extracting scrap metal from a variety of materials such as old appliances, wires, furniture, and more. Scrap metal recycling is much easier if you use the right tools to take apart and retrieve scrap metal. Here is a list of the most essential scrapping tools that all scrap metal recyclers need at their disposal.

Mistakes to Avoid When Scrap Metal Recycling

A crane in a scrap metal yard in east tennessee picking up various scrap metals, such as aluminum and steel

Picture this: You’re looking at a pile of scrap metal you’ve accumulated from your demo project, home remodel, or work site. You’re thinking to yourself, “I know I can make some money on this scrap metal instead of tossing it in the landfill.” But you don’t know where to begin, and your fear of making a mistake is dampening the dollar signs you see by cashing in with scrap metal recycling.