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Recycling copper: Christmas lights, extension cords, and more

Copper wire recycling

The average person produces 4.40 pounds of household waste every day. Christmas lights, house wires, and phone wires are a plentiful source of copper that can be recycled.

Instead of adding to your trash, bring recyclable copper products to one of Metro Recycling’s three convenient locations, and get paid to recycle!

What is copper?

In its pure form, copper is a malleable and soft metal, so it can be shaped or molded without breaking. Copper conducts heat and electricity well, and it’s resistant to corrosion.

Copper has been in use since the Roman Empire, and it’s also known for its antibacterial properties. Surfaces made from copper and copper alloys (like handrails, counter tops, and food safe surfaces) will kill dangerous bacteria, viruses and fungi on contact, reports the American Society for Microbiology.

Why recycle copper?

Copper is the third-most-consumed industrial metal in the world (falling just behind iron and aluminum). Copper metals can be continuously recycled without ever losing their properties. 

  • Recycling copper uses 85-90 percent less energy and is cheaper than mining for new materials 
  • Recycling copper protects copper ore mines, a finite resource  
  • Scrap copper is worth up to 90 percent of its original cost

Where can you find copper?

  • Extension cords
  • Communication wire or phone wire—HDMI cords, Ethernet cables, composite cables
  • Christmas lights
  • Copper statues and décor
  • Kitchen copper like pots and pans
  • Plumbing—pipes, valves and plumbing fixtures
  • House wire—Romex wires

Learn how to recycle your copper at one of our three locations.