Quick Copper Facts
• Only about 12% of the world’s copper resources have been extracted, and almost all of what has been mined is still being used today.
• Brass and bronze are copper alloys, and the “Bronze Age” of human history stresses the importance of this metal to our cultural development.
• Because it retains its value and properties even through the recycling process, copper has an infinite life span.
The ManyUses of Copper
• As the first metal to be used by humans, copper’s first use was most likely tools.
• Because of its conductive properties, it is used in electronics, electric transmission and cooling and heating systems.
• Its resistance to corrosion accounts for its prevalent use in water systems, as does its ability to be shaped easily.
• It is also used in building materials and as an ornamental.
Why You Should Recycle Copper
• Copper disposed of in landfills can cause environmental contamination.
• Since repurposing copper is cheaper than mining it, brining copper to a recycler keeps copper costs down.
• Although copper is a sustainable resource, it is non-renewable.
• Recycling centers pay money for used copper.
Whether you’re cleaning out your garage, renovating your home or just disposing of old or excess wiring, consider bringing copper to your local recycler.
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