Copper Recycling During Home Demolition


If you are going to be demolishing a residential property that you own, then you may be interested to find out just how much of that home you will be able to have recycled. This is going to give you some extra money that you can put toward any purpose you want, whether it be to help with the cost of the demolition, help with the cost of rebuilding, or just to put back in your pocket for whatever you want. There can be good money in recycling copper and as luck would have it, that house can harbor a good amount of copper. Here are some of the places where you may be able to find copper in a residential home.

Inside appliances – During a home demolition, there is a good chance that you are planning on tossing the appliances currently inside the house. Instead, you may want to disassemble some of them to get at the copper inside of them. Some appliances that tend to have copper in them include:

  • Dishwashers
  • Clothes washers
  • Clothes dryers
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Air conditioners and heaters
  • Oven ranges

Building materials – There is also copper used throughout the house in the form of building materials including wiring, plumbing, and other hardware. Start by looking at the visible parts of the home. You want to look for copper fixtures including door knobs and handles, faucets, taps, etc. Next, you are going to want to check the materials as the demolition is taking place. Be sure you pay attention to the wiring used throughout the house's electrical system. You are also going to want to pay attention to the home's plumbing system, as there can be a lot of copper throughout the plumbing. Check for copper tubing, copper fittings, copper valves, and other copper pieces.


When you do find wiring that contains copper, you want to understand that when you go to recycle the wiring, some places simply won't take the wiring with the outer coating on it. Other places may take it in its current state, but they will pay you less and consider it as 'dirty' copper. However, if you are prepared to remove the coating and strip the wiring down to just the copper, then you will be able to recycle the wiring for more money this way. If you want to get back as much as possible, then this may be worth it for you to take the time to strip it all. For more information, contact companies like Beartown  Recycling.


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Get Green When Moving

About 10 years ago, I moved into my current home. Without being environmentally conscious at the time, I didn’t give much thought to how I moved my belongings from my old place to my current abode. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate the environment much more. I realize that we only have a certain amount of resources and should do everything in our power to conserve them. Nowadays, you can plan a green move easier than ever before. Some moving companies offer reusable containers for you to pack your stuff in. The amount of green transportation options is constantly increasing. On this blog, you will learn how to get green on your next move.