Where to Find Copper for Recycling

This text was obtained from The Balance Small Business from an article called The Importance of Copper Recycling. We recommend you read the full article after reading this list.

1. In houses (estimates for a 2,100 square foot residence)

  • 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

2. In an apartment of 1,000 square feet

  • 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

3. In residential appliances:

  • 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

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