Recycling Copper: What You Need To Know

When it comes to scrap recycling, copper stands out as one of the most valuable metals, known for its infinite recyclable life and wide-ranging applications in everything from construction to high-tech electronics. 

At Action Metal Recyclers, we pride ourselves on offering competitive prices and expert service for all your copper recycling needs across Queensland.

In this latest blog update, our scrap metal recycling team will be exploring everything you need to know about recycling copper scrap.

Types of Copper We Buy

We buy many different types of copper at Action Metal Recyclers. Let’s explore the types of copper scrap metal we buy

Copper Bright and Shiny (Millberry)

This top-grade copper is uncoated, unalloyed, and must be free from any paint, tarnish, or visible oxidation. It primarily includes bare wires or cables that are no thinner than 1.2mm.

Copper Bright (Candy or #1 Copper)

Consisting of buzz bars, clean copper sheets, and hair wire thinner than 1.2mm, this type should also be uncoated, unalloyed, and free from any attachments like fittings or solder.

Copper Burnt (Birchcliff or #2 Copper)

This grade includes various copper pieces that might have solder, paint, or coatings, with a copper content of 94-96%.

Copper Insulated Wire

This category covers copper wire or cable that is insulated but clean and unalloyed. The wire should resemble bright and shiny copper if stripped.

Special Categories:

We also recycle electric motors and fridge compressors, which include copper windings within their structures.

How to Recycle Copper with Us

Recycling copper with Action Metal Recyclers is straightforward. You can either bring your scrap metal to one of our scrap metal recycling locations, hire a scrap metal bin, or even bring our service to you with our weigh and pay service. Visit our website for more information.

Why Choose Action Metal Recyclers?


With over 50 years in the industry, we are a trusted name in scrap metal and waste recycling.


We have multiple sites across Queensland, making it easy for you to find a location near you for dropping off your scrap.

Payment Options

We offer flexible payment methods including cash, cheque, and EFT, catering to your convenience.

Customer Service

Our team is known for being friendly and approachable, ready to assist with any of your recycling needs.

Recycle Copper For Cash With Action Metal Recyclers

At Action Metal Recyclers, we are dedicated to providing you with the best scrap metal recycling services and prices in the market. If you have copper scrap or other forms of scrap metal, we are here to help you recycle it for cash. Visit Action Metal Recyclers at one of our locations and let’s make recycling a rewarding experience for you.

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