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    Is Recycling Copper Good For The Environment?

    In today’s society, there is a strong need to be as environmentally friendly as possible, with recycling coming to the forefront of the production of various materials, including scrap metal such as copper. 

    Recycling metals has long been done, but with climate change now at a critical point, it’s more important than ever. That being said, there is the risk of some emissions and gases being released into the environment, which begs the question, is recycling scrap copper good for the Earth?

    Is It Environmentally Friendly To Recycle Copper?

    In short, yes, it is environmentally friendly to recycle copper and other scrap metal. At L Jarvis & Sons Ltd, we specialise in helping businesses adhere to their corporate social responsibility by recycling metals like copper. We also help those looking to recycle domestic metal, too.

    For more than 60 years, we have been providing an efficient and eco-friendly scrap metal recycling service in Banbury. We can come to your property and pick up your scrap copper, then dispose of it using a safe, responsible, approved scrap metal recycling method.

    There is so much that scrap metal can be recycled into, especially copper, and the great news is that we can create new items from recycled metal without having to ore for new metals and polluting the Earth in the process.

    The History Of Copper 

    Copper has been used for more than 10,000 years, with civilisations including the Ancient Egyptians through to the Romans having used it. It’s still heavily relied on as a metal to this day, but unlike other civilisations, we no longer need to ore for it on such a large scale due to the fact so much of it is in circulation and can be reused. 

    Approximately 65% of the world’s copper that has been identified but is yet to be mined, can be found in Chile, Mexico, Peru, Australia, and the United States. These are copper-rich countries where copper is most commonly mined through open pit mines.

    Copper has been used for just about everything over time, ranging from pendants and jewellery to modern-day cookware and electrical wiring. It’s also used for pennies and in construction.

    It’s an incredibly versatile metal that humans have relied on for thousands of years, but mining for it can be damaging to the environment, making it all the more important for you to recycle your scrap metal through L Jarvis & Sons.

    Benefits Of Recycling Copper 

    There are several main benefits to recycling copper, including:

    ·       Decline in mining – mining for copper produces sulphur dioxide which is a pollutant, and it also uses fossil fuels. Recycling existing metals only needs 10% of the energy of mining for it, meaning it’s far better for the environment in the way of carbon emissions and pollution, not to mention cost

    ·       Copper refining – when recycled, copper can be refined to its highest grade, with some concentrations exceeding 99.99% purity. This is particularly useful for electrical needs

    ·       Landfill capacity – we all have a responsibility to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, and recycling metal is one way to do that, especially useful metal that can be used time and again, like copper

    There are so many reasons to recycle scrap copper, including helping to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. L Jarvis & Son can help you recycle your scrap copper and other metals responsibly. To find out more about how we can help you, get in touch on 01295 710223 or head over to our contact page for more details.