Copper Recycling Sustains a Variety of Unique Copper Applications

Scrap metal of many kinds is purchased by H&H Metals.  This includes ferrous and non-ferrous materials alike.  Non-ferrous scrap metal is often purchased but not limited to the following forms: bar, borings, clips, coil, plate, punchings, rod, sheet, solids, stampings, tubing, and turnings.


One of the most common kinds of non-ferrous scrap metals that is recycled by H&H Metals is copper.  Copper is the third leading metal to be produced after iron and aluminum.  It has been widely used by humans for over 10,000 years and is still used in many applications today ranging from pipes, wire, to construction materials.  Copper can be combined with iron to form the common compound bronze, but is often used in a pure form.


Electrical and Plumbing Applications


Copper scrap metal can be recycled and used for a wide array of plumbing and electrical applications.  Because of its high electrical and thermal conductivity, it is an excellent metal for electronics and plumbing.  Copper is used for wiring in everything from mobile phones to kitchen appliances.  With the increase in electronic devices being produced each year, the demand for copper is higher than ever.


Copper is also commonly used as a plumbing material for pipes, rods, and fittings.  Copper pipes conduct heat well and are water and corrosion resistant.


Mechanical Applications


Copper is also used in a variety of mechanical and manufacturing applications.  Copper is commonly used in motors and the average automobile contains as much as 50-80lbs of copper.  A large commercial airplane may contain almost 9,000lbs of copper.


Construction Applications


Copper scrap metal can also be recycled and used for architectural purposes.  Because copper is such a durable and weatherproof material it is ideal as a roofing material, rain gutters, or doors.  According to the European Copper Association, copper has been used as a decorative element in many older European buildings such as cathedrals, state houses, and other public buildings and is popular because of the distinct green color it acquires over time as it reacts with the atmosphere.


Copper Recycling


The International Copper Association (ICA) reports that copper is 100% recyclable without losing any quality.  Because of this, copper scrap metal is highly valued.  Copper is the third most recycled metal.  In fact, the ICA also estimates that 80% of copper ever mined is still in use today.  By heating and refining copper, metal recycling companies like H&H Metals help provide a much needed product while simultaneously reducing the need to exhaust extra resources by mining new reserves from the earth.


H&H buys all corresponding grades, alloys and plated material. Obsolete, new and usable copper items can also be quoted.


About H&H Metals

H&H Metals, founded in 1978, is a state-of-the-arts provider of groundbreaking recycling solutions. We purchase, process and market recyclable commodities, making it possible for our customers to focus on their core business.  H&H Metals is one of Southeastern Michigan’s largest full-service scrap metal recycling companies specializing in the processing of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.


Our expanded 28,000 square foot Detroit processing facility annually handles in excess of 100,000 tons of material and provides worldwide shipping for our customers. With 20 trucks, a state-of-the-art metallurgical laboratory and over 60 dedicated employees; H&H is able to offer a comprehensive range of specialized metals recycling services to meet the needs of our customers both large and small.


H&H Metals

29131 Michigan Ave.

Inkster, MI 48411


By |2012-11-14T21:36:00+00:00November 14th, 2012|H & H Metals|Comments Off on Copper Recycling Sustains a Variety of Unique Copper Applications
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