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Your Questions on Scrap Copper Answered

As a leading scrap metal business, Limerick Scrap Metal Company have a wealth of experience in buying, selling, and processing all types of scrap metal, including copper. As such, we're often asked questions about scrap copper and the scrap copper recycling process. In this blog, we aim to answer some of your most pressing questions.

What is Scrap Copper Worth

The price of scrap copper varies depending on several factors, including the quality and quantity of the copper being sold and market conditions. In general, scrap copper is worth more if it is pure and in good condition and less if it is mixed with other materials or is in poor condition. Scrap copper is also more valuable if it is in high demand and there are few sources available. For a more accurate estimate of the value of your scrap copper, please get in touch with our Limerick Scrap Yard for the latest copper price estimate. We also offer the most competitive price possible. 

Why does the price of scrap copper fluctuate?

The price of scrap copper can fluctuate for many reasons, including supply and demand dynamics. Like all scrap metals, copper is priced in dollars on the international market. So changes in the value of the US dollar and global economic conditions can affect its global price. Factors such as changes in manufacturing activity, construction activity, and the use of copper in various industries can also affect the demand for and price of scrap copper. Additionally, the cost of extracting and processing copper from ore can influence the price of new copper, which can affect the price of scrap copper.

Is copper the most valuable scrap metal?


Copper is considered among the most valuable scrap metals, along with silver, gold, and platinum.

Due to its excellent electrical and thermal conductivity, corrosion resistance, and ductility, copper is widely used in various applications. As a result, there is a strong demand for copper, which can make it more valuable than scrap metal. While the value of copper varies, its versatility means it is generally worth more than other common types of scrap metal, such as steel and aluminium.

 Is it environmentally responsible to recycle scrap copper?

Yes, recycling scrap copper is generally considered to be environmentally responsible. Recycling copper helps to conserve natural resources and reduce the environmental impact of mining and refining new copper. Copper is a non-renewable resource, meaning it cannot be replaced once used. Extracting and processing copper from ore can be energy-intensive, creating significant greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling scrap copper can reduce the demand for new copper and the associated environmental impacts. Recycling copper also requires less energy than producing new copper from ore, which can further reduce its environmental impact.


What is made from recycled copper?

  • Recycled copper can be used to make a wide range of products, including:
  • Electrical wire and cable
  • Pipes and tubes
  • Sheet metal
  • Roofing materials
  • Industrial machinery and equipment
  • Automotive parts
  • Coins and other currency

In many cases, recycled copper can be used to make the same products as new copper, and it is often used as a substitute for new copper in various applications. Copper is highly recyclable and can be reused multiple times without losing its quality or performance, making it an attractive material for manufacturers. Recycling copper conserves natural resources and reduces environmental impacts, but it can also be a cost-effective alternative to using new copper, as recycled copper is often cheaper than new copper.

How is copper recycled?

Copper is recycled through smelting, which involves melting the copper and purifying it to produce new copper products. The recycling process begins when we collect and transport scrap copper to our state-of-the-art Limerick recycling facility. The copper is then sorted and processed to remove any contaminants or other materials that may be mixed in with it. Next, the copper is melted in a furnace, and any impurities are removed through a variety of processes, including slag remelting, oxidation, and electrolysis. The resulting liquid copper is then poured into moulds or cast into ingots, which can be used to make a wide range of new products. 

If you have more questions on scrap copper, please get in touch with our Limerick scrap yard today. And remember, we always offer our customers the most competitive prices for scrap copper. To get a free scrap copper quote, please call our offices today. 



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