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Cable Recycling FAQs


Why Should I Recycle Cables?

As America’s infrastructure ages and converts to other means of communication like wireless and fiber optics, cable previously used for telephone lines and electrical power will likely become more abundant. These usually contain valuable copper and aluminum that can be recycled for other purposes. Razed or retrofitted buildings often yield miles of cable that would otherwise be discarded. Allowing these materials to head to the landfill is negative for the environment, not to mention the loss of real value in these metals. The challenge is separating the reusable metals from their protective coatings and housings. Some of these are protected by metal and PVC coverings, making their recovery more challenging.

Is Cable Recycling Profitable?

There are substantial potential profits in recycling metals from cable. Consider the following points:
  • More discarded cable will be available.
  • Copper and aluminum are still very much in demand for other purposes.
  • Recycled metals are less expensive for the end manufacturer than virgin metals.
  • Recycling is a positive activity for the ecology, manufacturer, and end user.
  • Recycling metals is a sustainable process and contribute to a better environment.
  • Recycling scrap cable metals is profitable

How Does Cable Recycling Help Companies?

Recycling these materials is a positive ecological process. Rather than adding to the landfill, increasing the demand for mining more materials, and requiring more energy, reusing high-quality metals is an environmentally proactive initiative and profitable. Companies that recycle raw materials and use recycled products are viewed as sustainable and frequently use this fact to market their activities. Using recycled copper or aluminum has positive ecological value and can save manufacturers much money.

What Equipment Do I Need to Recycle Cable?

Mid-Atlantic Waste offers many solutions for recovering scrap metals from discarded materials. Each product has different methods and capability depending upon the type, configuration, and format of the metals. Separating copper, aluminum, or other materials is simple when the appropriate equipment is used.

Cable Strippers

For scrap cable up to 7” in diameter, the Bronneberg Kab-W makes quick work of stripping the insulating outer casing from the valuable copper and other wiring. The equipment is designed to remove heavily-armored and PVC-protected cabling. Hydraulically adjustable. The equipment can quickly adjust to different diameters of material. The Kab-W can split 32 feet of waste cable per minute.

Cable Granulators

Faced with a pile of mixed cable of different sizes and coatings, Mid-Atlantic can offer any one of several powerful granulators for separating the copper or aluminum from any extra durable protection. The process involves splitting and then reducing the entire cable to tiny pieces.  The valuable metals are then separated from the other materials to be processed into new copper sheets or another form. The granulators range in capacity from 220 pounds to 2000 pounds of cable per hour. The recovery process with this equipment is 99.9% effective in separating the valuable components.

Hydraulic Shears

For cutting and reducing large metal pieces, Mid-Atlantic Waste recommends our line of Alligator Shears or portable hydraulic shears. This equipment can cut through virtually any scrap to reduce larger materials to more manageable pieces.

Contact Mid-Atlantic Waste Systems for Help Recycling Cable

Ask the experts at Mid-Atlantic Waste to explain the advantages of each piece of equipment. Based upon your volume expectations and the types of cable you may be processing, the representative can advise the best system. If you choose to start small, Mid-Atlantic Waste can accommodate your initial requirements with on-hand, refurbished equipment or  new systems. As your cable recycling grows, stepping up to higher capability and volume throughput levels will be justified. The payback period will be surprisingly short if a sufficient amount of scrap cable is available.