Cash for Copper: A Guide to Recycling Old Copper Pipes


If you're here, it's probably because you have copper piping in your home. You know, that stuff that goes around and attaches to the sinks, toilets and other household fixtures. In this day and age of eco-friendly materials like PVC piping, many people are choosing to replace the copper pipes in their homes. If you are planning to do this, you may be wondering what to do with all of the copper piping. This article explains how you can get cash for copper from a metal recycling centre. Read on to find out more!

Find a local recycling centre

The first thing you'll need to do is find a local recycling centre. You have two options here. Firstly, you can look in the phone book or on the Internet for a local recycling centre. Alternatively, your local council may organise scrap metal collection days in your area. If you live in or near a city, this is probably your best option. Note down the recycling centre's address since you'll need to visit in person later on.

Prepare the piping for recycling

Once you've found a recycling centre, make sure that the copper piping is suitable for recycling by giving it a good clean. You'll want to make sure it is free of any dirt or grime; otherwise, it may be rejected from the recycling process. If you can't remove the dirt yourself, take it to a car wash that has a high-pressure cleaner.

If you're cleaning the pipes in your home, there are lots of different types of household cleaners that can easily remove dirt build-up from copper piping. Ask a worker at a local hardware store or supermarket for more info.

Weigh the copper in

When you arrive at the recycling centre, the copper will be weighed in and you will be paid according to the current price of copper on the international metal markets. In Australia, the price is usually determined by weekly contract spot prices for copper. Although this can fluctuate, it's unlikely to swing too far on a weekly basis so there is often no point waiting for the price to increase by a few cents or dollars. The recycling centre should be able to offer you cash for your copper. Alternatively, you can request the funds via bank transfer.

If you would like to find out more, you should contact a copper recycling centre today. A member of staff will be happy to help you.


7 July 2021

Steve's Recycling and Scrap Metal Blog

Hello, my name is Steve and this is my recycling blog. Up until last year, I presumed that recycling was just to do with putting plastic and glass into different bins from your general waste. However, when I bought a secondhand industrial unit, I discovered large amounts of metal which had been abandoned by the previous owner. I wasn't sure what to do but my friend suggested I take it to a specialist scrap yard so it could be recycled. The guys at the recycling yard were really friendly and explained how they take all kinds of different metals and recycle them for future use. I hope you enjoy my blog.