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Why Should We Recycle Copper

Importance of copper

Cooper is valued as the best non-precious metal conductor of electricity. It is an essential nutrient in our daily diet. And, its antimicrobial property is becoming increasingly important to the prevention of infection.

Statistics of Copper Volume in Daily Usag

☞Given a single family home of approximately 2,100 square feet, the copper content is estimated as follows:
195 pounds - building wire
151 pounds - plumbing tube, fittings, valves
24 pounds - plumbers' brass goods
47 pounds - built-in appliances
12 pounds - builders hardware
10 pounds - other wire and tube

☞Given an average multifamily unit of 1,000 square feet, the copper content can be estimated as follows:
125 pounds - building wire
82 pounds - plumbing tube, fittings, valves
20 pounds - plumbers' brass goods
38 pounds - built-in appliances
6 pounds - builders hardware
7 pounds - other wire and tube

copperore☞The copper content associated with household appliances can be generalized as follows:
52 pounds - unitary air conditioner
48 pounds - unitary heat pump
5.0 pounds - dishwasher
4.8 pounds - refrigerator/freezer
4.4 pounds - clothes washer
2.7 pounds - dehumidifier
2.3 pounds - disposer
2.0 pounds - clothes dryer
1.3 pounds - range

Current Facts of Copper Recycling

Copper is a kind of non renewable resource. Copper mining involves the usage of time, energy and fossil fuels. Deposits can be used up if we continue to use it in such large amount.
Recycled copper contains up to 90 percent of value of the original copper. Copper recycling is also cheaper than the mining and extracting of new copper. For recycling helps keep the cost of copper products down.
During the refining process of copper, a lot of toxic gases and dust were released into the air. Recycling can reduce the emissions related to the mining and smelting.
Copper recycling eliminates landfills taken up resulted by large amount of copper scrap procucts. according to "Waste and Recycling" by Janine Amos.

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