If you've been recycling bottles and cans for a while, you know how quickly the money can add up. Recycling is a great way to eliminate waste from the local landfills while filling your pockets with some much-needed extra cash. One of the great things is that aluminum cans are readily available. However, if you're limiting your recycling efforts to bottles, cans, and the occasional plastic container, you're missing out on an opportunity to make even more money.
This is particularly true if you're not recycling copper wire. Copper wire can bring in quite a bit more money than aluminum, plastic, and glass. However, it's a bit more difficult to find. If you're avoiding copper wire, it might be because you don't know where to find it. Here are just four of the places you can find copper wire for recycling.
Old Air Conditioners
Now that summer is just about here, it might be time for a new air conditioner. If it is, don't forget to strip the old one down for all its copper wire. All you'll need to do is remove the protective covering from around it, to expose the copper wire. Use wire cutters to remove all the copper wiring for recycling. You can remove copper wiring from both central air conditioning units and portable window air conditioners.
Broken Extension Cords
If you've got a pile of broken extension cords and electrical cables laying around the garage, put them to good use. Those extension cords and cables have plenty of copper wire inside of them. All you need to do is strip away the plastic outer layer to expose the wires. In fact, you can do the same thing to your broken battery jumper cables. You might not know this, but there's copper wire inside those, as well, and it's all recyclable.
When your televisions finally give out, don't just take them to the local free drop spot for electronic recycling. Instead, strip them of all their copper wiring before you do that. The power cord on your television has copper wiring inside of it. Cut the power cords off those old televisions before you take them to the local free drop site. You can strip the plastic coating off the power cord and recycle the copper wire that's inside.
If you're going to be remodeling your kitchen, and you've decided to recycle the old appliances, don't forget to strip them of the copper wiring before you do. Cut the power cords off and remove any other wiring you find on the back of your appliances. All the wiring can be recycled. Once you've removed the power cord and other wiring, you'll be able to recycle both the appliances and the wiring.
For more information, contact your local copper wire buyers.