How to Clean Scrap Copper for Recycling
Recycling copper is not only a good way to help the environment, it is also a good way to make some extra cash. Salvage yards pay more for copper than any other metal and even a small amount has a good amount of weight since it is such a heavy metal. Copper must have the insulation removed from it in order to be recycled and most facilities will not accept copper that has not been cleaned.
- Cut larger pieces of wire into manageable pieces that are a foot long.
- Use the wire strippers to remove the first few inches of insulation from the wire to give you something to grip.
- Hold the stripped end in one hand and use the utility knife to cut down the length of the wire.
- Peel the insulation away from the copper and discard.
- Cut the bare wire into smaller pieces and place in a bucket or other container.
Things You Will Need
- Wire strippers
- Utility knife
- If you are cleaning large wire such as a utility cable, lay it flat on a stable surface and cut down the length with the utility knife. Peel the insulation away from the copper.
- Be sure to bring your identification along when taking copper to be recycled. It is necessary to help prevent theft.