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Where to Find Scrap Copper Wire
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Scraping copper wire is quite profitable, thinking of the high value of the copper.
Copper wire is often found in home appliances and electronics. They are quite
good sources of copper wire.
Large appliances like refrigerators, freezers, washers, and dryers have the
power cords which you can cut off. When looking into the kitchen, you can find
small items like coffee makers, fans, toasters and blenders that have insulated
wire inside and outside. Motors that used to power the machine may contain
copper winding for you to recycle.
Take the refrigerator as an example.
Besides the power cord, you can also recover copper wire from the
compressor. The refrigerant compressor compresses the refrigerant used to
cool the refrigerator. It is powered by an electric motor which contains some
copper winding. There will be also a wire running from the compressor to the
inside of the machine.
Electronics may contain insulation wires both outside and inside. This is a
large list that you can search for. Small electronics like cell phones, cameras,
and other devices may need regular charging. The charging wires may break
during using so you can collect them to add up the copper pile. When the
appliances are unused, collect the insulated charging wire that are no longer
Some of the wire sources include:
1) CRT Monitor
CRT is used in most televisions and computer display screens, having the
yoke which is made of copper surrounding it. Taking apart a TV can be very
dangerous. When dismantling the CRT monitor, please strictly follow the
proper safety procedures.
2) Christmas Lights
Christmas lights are insulated copper wires with plastic and bulbs attached.
Americans buy tens of millions of pounds of Christmas tree lights every year.
When Christmas lights aren’t working, they can be collected to be shredded to
recycle both the copper and insulation. However, theses lights have a lower
value than other wires as they have a higher plastic content from the bulbs and
other insulation. So keep them separate from other wire.
3) Automobile Wire
Old cars make an excellent source for electrical wires. Wire harness runs
throughout the entire car to transmit electric power and signals. Alternators and
starter motor are filled with wound copper wire.
What to do Next After Finding the Wire?
Some copper wires has the plastic or rubber insulation. These wires can be
stripped of the insulation fast by a wire stripping machine. A copper cable
granulator can granulate the wires and get copper granules and insulation
granules respectively. Copper wire in the motor can be recovered by a motor
stator recycling machine.