If you've been recycling aluminum cans for spare cash, it's time to take your game to the next level. It's time to start recycling copper wire. When it comes to recycling, copper wire is one of the most valuable metals. If you're not sure where to find copper wire to recycle, here are five places for you to get started.
Your Old Plumbing
If you're going to be replacing your plumbing, or you know someone who will be, don't toss out the old pipes. Many plumbing pipes are made from copper, and can be recycled. As you replace your plumbing, clean and dry the old copper pipes, and place them in a container. You can also contact construction sites and ask if you can go through their leftovers.
Broken Electrical Cords
If you've been tossing your broken electrical cords in the trash, you need to stop. Those electrical cords contain copper wire that can be recycled. You'll need to strip away all the protective plastic coating, but the effort is well worth it. Your old jumper cables also contain copper wire, so don't toss them out when they're old. To make sure you're not tossing money in the trash, set up a recycling bin in your garage and toss all your old electrical cords inside. When it's filled, strip away the plastic and take the wire to the recyclers.
If you're going to be remodeling your house, or it's time for new appliances, don't forget to strip away the copper wire. All your old appliances contain significant amounts of copper wire, including your old washer and dryer. In fact, if you're going to be replacing your swamp cooler or air conditioner this year, remove all the copper wire from your old units.
If you've got a local landfill nearby, it's time to go exploring. Many people toss out items that contain copper wire. That's because most people don't know where to find copper wire, or they don't realize how valuable it is. You can take advantage of that by visiting your local landfill. You can also visit salvage yards. Many automotive parts contain copper wire that can be stripped and cleaned for recycling.
If you're into recycling aluminum cans, add copper wire to your list. You can earn extra money by stripping away the plastic covering and taking the copper wire to the local recycling center.