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Copper Wire

Scrappys buys and sells second-hand Copper Wire.

Copper has been used in electrical wiring since the invention of the electromagnet and the telegraph in the 1820s. The invention of the telephone in created further demand for copper wire as an electrical conductor. Today it is used in most telecommunication cable, including telephone and ethernet networking cable.

Copper is the electrical conductor in many categories of electrical wiring. Copper wire is used in power generation, power transmission, power distribution, telecommunications, electronic circuitry, and countless types of electrical equipment. Copper and its alloys are also used to make electrical contacts. Electrical wiring in buildings is the most important market for the copper industry. Roughly half of all copper mined is used to manufacture electrical wire and cable conductors.

Pure copper has the best electrical and thermal conductivity of any commercial metal. Over half of the copper produced is used in electrical and electronic applications.

Here at Scrappy’s, we provide a copper wire recycling service to all of our domestic, commercial and industrial customers. As one of Victoria’s largest collectors of old appliances, unwanted white goods and other residential scrap metals, we can offer the highest prices.

All about copper

In metallurgy, non-ferrous metal is any metal, including alloys, that does not contain iron in appreciable amounts. As a non-ferrous metal, copper is generally more expensive than ferrous metals, and is used for its high conductivity properties. Because it is extensively used, copper wire is usually recycled, with a large amount of recycled copper wire coming from industrial scrap materials and obsolete technology, such as copper cables. Other examples include:

  • Brass copper radiators
  • Burnt copper
  • Candy copper
  • Copper PVC
  • Millberry copper

Copper also forms alloys more freely than most metals and with a wide range of alloying elements to produce the following alloys:

Brass is the generic term for a range of copper-zinc alloys with differing combinations of properties, including strength, machinability, ductility, wear-resistance, hardness, electrical and thermal conductivity, and corrosion-resistance.

Bronze alloys are made from copper and tin were the first to be developed about four thousand years ago. They were so important that they led to a period in time being named the Bronze Age.

Gunmetals are alloys of copper with tin, zinc and lead and have been used for at least 2000 years due to their ease of casting and good strength and corrosion resistance. Most typically used as ammunition, as the name suggests.

Copper-nickel alloys have excellent resistance to marine corrosion and biofouling.  The addition of nickel to copper improves strength and corrosion resistance, but good ductility is retained.

Nickel silver alloys are made from copper, nickel and zinc, and can be regarded as special brasses. They have an attractive silvery appearance, slightly different to the typical brassy colour.

Beryllium copper is the hardest and strongest of any copper alloy, in the fully heat treated and cold worked condition. It is similar in mechanical properties to many high strength alloy steels but, compared to steels, it has better corrosion resistance.

Along with copper, Scrappy’s buys the full range of scrap for recycling including lead, stainless steel, scrap white-goods, brass, nickel, steel, aluminium, PVC and wire. Plus scrap cars, machinery, radiators, batteries, pipes, off-cuts, extrusion, pressings and more.

Our scrap metal recycling centre is conveniently located in Albion (near Sunshine), the heart of Melbournes Western suburbs. We offer a wide range of scrap metal recycling resources to industrial, business, commercial, residential and domestic customers. This includes competitive scrap metal recycling prices for all metals and recycling programs tailored to suit our clients.