Naturally, the rarer a metal is the more valuable it will be for recyclers. Copper scrap metal prices in Sydney are significantly higher than stainless steel and aluminium prices because copper is rarer. But is there a way to increase its value even further? Here are some critical steps to get the most cash from your copper scrap metal in Sydney:
- Clean Your Copper.
Although copper is much rarer than steel and aluminium, you can still find a lot of it if you know where to look. This type of metal is often found in old houses with copper pipes and roofing, car starters and alternators, large household appliances, and computers. And if you’re lucky, you might find a few copper pots and pans at the thrift store.
But there’s a catch; the copper you find in these unexpected places is most likely ‘unclean.’ Because of this, not many recyclers would readily accept the metal. Make sure to rid your products of any dirt and grime to save time.
In addition, if you’re sourcing copper from electrical wires, don’t forget to take them apart. Also, you’ll need to ensure they’re actually made of copper. The metal is non-ferrous, which means it will not stick to a magnet.
- Determine The Type Of Copper You Have.
It’s relatively easy to distinguish copper from other metals. It has a distinct reddish-brown colour and is softer to the touch than steel. But separating one type of copper from another is slightly more complicated. Generally, there are over ten types of scrap copper. The most common are:
- Bare Bright Copper
This is the most valuable type of copper, often found in building constructions, electrical cables, and transformers.
- Number 1 Copper
This is slightly less valuable than bare bright copper due to oxidation. Visually, it is shiny and lacks dirt and grease because it is used for plumbing and water line pipes.
- Number 2 Copper
Finally, this type of copper is much dirtier than the previous two, but it is still valuable. Its metal content is only about 94-96% copper and it’s often found in AC lines and plumbing pipes.
- Check The Current Copper Scrap Metal Prices In Sydney.
There’s no better way to get a good value for your scraps than to understand the market. Unlike some products, scrap metal prices will fluctuate depending on various factors: quality, amount, demand, location, international trade, and time of year.
Luckily, you don’t have to calculate everything yourself. Instead, you can keep track of scrap metal prices through Scrapsmetalprices.com or check in with your local recycler!
- Find A Reliable Recycling Company.
Finally, you can ensure fair copper scrap metal prices in Sydney by visiting an established provider. Metal Force Recycling can offer you up to $8.00 to $11.50 per kilogram of copper, which are some of the best prices in the city.
Contact us at 0403 191 732 to get an instant quote now!