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Cash for Scrap Wires: 4 Questions Answered

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Did you know that you can get cash for your scrap wires? In fact, many recycling centres will offer cash for scrap wires of all shapes and sizes. So if you have a large number of wires taking up space in your garage or basement, why not gather them up and turn them into some extra cash? Here's everything you need to know about recycling your scrap wires.

1. What are scrap wires, and why are they valuable?

Many people don't realise that the stranded wire in cables, power cords, appliance cords, computer wiring, etc., can be recycled into new products. Scrap wires contain a variety of different materials, including copper and nickel. When the wire is harvested, it will become a lower quality material than a brand new cable or cord because it's been reused. However, this doesn't mean that recyclers won't buy it from you for a reasonable price. Even if your scrap wires have been cut into pieces or smashed together to form large balls of metal, you should still be able to get cash for them at a recycling centre.

2. How do I sell scrap wires?

The best way to sell scrap wires is to make sure they are clean and free of any insulation or plastic coating. For large pieces of wire, you may wish to cut them up into sections so they are easier to transport. You can use a set of pliers to do this or by using a cable cutter. Once the metal is cut and separated from the plastic or insulation, it is ready for recycling.

3. What is the best way to prepare scrap wires?

Place together wires made from the same material so you can make larger bundles before bringing them in for recycling. Once you have collected all of your scrap wires into piles of the same length and type, you should clearly label them. This way, there will be no confusion or mixing of different metals, which means less time spent sorting wires at the recycling centre. 

4. How do I find a recycling centre?

Finally, it is time to research local recycling centres. You can use the internet to pinpoint nearby locations that accept scrap wires as well as their hours of operation. Next, place your materials in clearly labelled bags or bins so you can easily take them out of storage when they are ready to be recycled.

For more info on cash for wires, contact a local metal recycling yard today.