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