Earn Money Recycling Copper with Recycle Management
Copper is a widely available and valuable, if you want to cash in big consider these points.
1, “One mans trash is another man's treasure.”
Learn when or if your city has special clean-up days when residents can put old furniture, electronics and other items out for pickup. Drive the streets the night before or early morning of the pickup and you could find many copper items that can be sold for scrap such as old plumbing, copper tea kettles, copper wire or tubing. So as to not wear out your welcome, avoid making a mess of people’s piles that they have set out for the city to remove.
2, “Put the word out.”
Advertise on local bulletin boards, Facebook, Twitter or on Craig's list that you will take scrap metal. Friends or family may have an old hot water heater, AC unit or other valuable metal that they just want off their property. Metal by it’s nature is heavy and can be very difficult for someone without much physical strength to move.
3, “Sort or be sorry.”
Before heading into Recycle Management, sort the metal by type. Remove copper fittings from water heaters and copper tubing from air conditioner compressors. This will get you the maximum pay out for your metal. If your materials are all lumped together you will offered a lower price than if it were sorted by metal type. Separate copper by type. Shiny new copper will fetch more than older copper or copper with any other material incorporated. If you don't sort the scrap the scrap yard will classify all your copper at the lowest rate. Use plastic buckets or sturdy boxes to sort your scrap.
Remove copper fittings and wire to sell separately. Strip the insulation from the wire. You'll get a higher price without the insulation. Separate copper by type. Shiny new copper will fetch more than older copper or copper with any other material incorporated. If you don't sort the scrap the scrap yard will classify all your copper at the lowest rate. Use plastic buckets or sturdy boxes to sort your scrap. As the price of copper has climbed, theft of copper wiring and piping from construction sites and existing buildings has been a problem. Never remove copper wire or copper machine parts from a building without permission and unless you are positive it's no longer connected to a power source.
4, "Shop till you profit."
Search yard sales, garage sales and flea markets for copper kettles and pans, copper bracelets and copper decorative items. If you know the price per pound local dealers will pay for scrap copper and you will be able to judge whether or not it's worth buying these items. If you run onto a kettle that they want a dollar for and you know you can get $5-$10 for it, we call that PROFIT.
5, "Ask the boss man.“
Local Industry or Employers” Local companies or even your own employer can be a great source of metal to recycle. Local plumbers, electricians and air conditioning and heating contractors and offer to haul off scrap metal from job sites. Though some tradesmen sell their own scrap, others will pay you to haul it away for them. Plumbers will have scrap copper piping and old copper fixtures. Air conditioner compressors and humidifiers contain copper wire, copper tubing and copper/aluminum condensers. Electricians sometimes have copper wire. Remove copper fittings and wire to sell separately. Strip the insulation from the wire. You'll get a higher price without the insulation.
6, "DON'T BREAK THE LAW"
In compliance with local and state laws Recycle Management records all transactions and regularly shares that information with law enforcement should any alleged illegal activity occur
7, "Recycle Management Turns Trash Into Cash!"
Take your copper and other metals to Recycle Management in Harrisonburg or Stanley Virginia.