Scrap coppersGarbage can be viewed as something that is worthless. Though this true for most trash out there, a lot still has a little bit of potential left in them. This is where recycling comes in. An object that is already supposed to be thrown away is collected and processed,  turning it into a new product that has a purpose. There are already a lot of information out there about how to recycle paper, glass, cans and plastics. Copper recycling, however, is less known.

Do we really need to recycle copper? The answer is yes.

Recycling can considerably reduce copper production. Not known to many,  his element can withstand prolonged use. This resulted in the overproduction of copper even though there is no need for more. Many everyday things contain copper. Often, these products can be categorized as WEEE or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.  The copper, which is one of the raw materials used in these products, will then be recycled. The recycled copper will then be turned into a new product.

This process has environmental and economic benefits. Recycling of copper will lead to a reduction in energy required for production. It will also reduce harmful gases released during the processing of copper, such as sulfur dioxide. Typically, there is up to 85% to 90% reduction in the energy required to process new copper materials.

It is also more economical to recycle than to source new copper. In terms of production, the United States produced nearly 8% of the world’s copper. Last 2010, recyclers processed 1.8 million metric tons of copper both for domestic use and also for export. Recent pricing of scrap copper suggests that there is still value when it comes to recycled scrap.

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The importance of recycling cannot be overlooked. Not only does it help the environment, it can also have a strong impact on the growth of the economy.