Copper wire recycling process

Published: 11th May 2010
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Recycled copper wire always associates a market with it. Metal recycling and salvage companies across the province buy old copper wire and send it for re-refining or smelting. The benefit of recycling copper wire is that less new material is needed for manufacturing and along with that less copper is being dumped into our landfills. However, insulation removal of copper wire is important before the copper wire can be recycled. The insulation removal can be safely done by a mechanical process that cuts the insulation and strips it from the copper wire. Another way is through processing the insulated wire in an approved incinerator.

The use of open fire in copper wire recycling process results in low-temperature burning. In this process temperature does not reach the same level as those in an approved incinerator. The high temperature reached in an approved incinerator will helps in the removal of insulation and it will also destroy the contamination found in the insulation. The bad effect of low-temperature burning is that it releases contaminants into the air, water and soil including dioxins, furans, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, particulate matter, heavy metals (such as lead, arsenic, selenium and cadmium) and other pollutants. As a result the contaminants often end up in the air, in the ash on the ground or as pollutants in the soil and water which is very harmful to human beings and environment. Wind or water may carry the pollutants significant distances from a burn site. The effects of these pollutants on human beings results in a variety of problems ranging from lung irritation to cardiac problems or even an increased risk of cancer.

Both the recycling industry and the Environment Ministry have an aim of safe workplaces and economically practical business practices that protect public safety and enhance environmental stewardship. Recycling industries in some places making discussions on taking action to curtail the acceptance of copper wire processed by low-temperature burning. This should assist in reducing the practice of low-temperature burning of copper wire for recycling.

It is the responsibility of metal recyclers and salvage yard operators that they should not accept copper wire where there are signs or suspicions that the copper wire insulation has been burned off. Knowingly purchasing or receiving burned copper wire may result in enforcement action or incurring liability should contamination occur. Operators should refuse receipt of burned copper wire and report the attempted sale to the Ministry.

John Hudson works with Rajasthan Electric a Copper Wire Company provide PVC Wire, Tinsel Copper Wire, Copper flat wire, Copper Wire, PVC Copper Wire India and all types of Copper wire Manufacturer.

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