How To Calculate the Copper Recovery for Scrap Wire

Figuring out the worth of copper from scrap cableThere are a lot of different conversations going on about different types of electrical wires and how scrap yards buy them. Some scrap yards might just have one wire price, and that price will cover all types of wiring. Other scrap yards will break down each type of wire based on the name.

How To Find Out What Copper Wire You Have

One of the best ways to really know what type of wire you have and what it is worth is by having a breakdown of how much copper is inside. Some wires like extension cords will only have very low voltages going through them and will not need to have a lot of copper inside, and because of that will have a much lower price then a wire like a 750 MCM copper piece that could carry heavy electric into a building from the outside power companies.



Below we give you some tools and ways you can affectively calculate how much copper is inside the wire or cable you have. This can help you determine if you want to take the time aside to strip the wire for copper. Stripping wires can be a daunting task and time consuming, if you cut a small portion of the wire or cable off and take it apart by measuring the weight for the copper inside and the insulation, you can get a very good idea of how much copper you can recover. This is a great tip to use when you can’t decide if it’s worth it to strip the wire.

With so many different types of wire it is tough to know what you have until you spend some time with a small scale and experiment to see what percentage of copper is inside.

The above video can help you figure out what kind of copper recovery you can expect from a larger cable piece. This can help you determine what kind of copper price your yard can offer you. Hope this helps give you a bit of a better idea as to what you have vs. how you can sell it.


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