Southern Metals Recycling, INC.  ||  Wilmington, NC910-762-2646 - 2923 Highway 421 N. / 910-762-9619 - 13 Wright Street

Quick Tip: What’s the difference between Copper #1 and Copper #2

#1 is copper pipe with nothing on it…or as we call it in the scrap meal world…it is clean, unalloyed, uncoated, and not insulated copper wire.  The copper wire is thicker than 1/16” (14 gauge and thicker). A good rule of thumb is if the copper wire is thicker than a pencil lead, it is considered #1 copper. The pricing on Copper #1 at this moment (subject to change) is $2.85 per pound.

Examples of Copper #1:

 

#2 Copper is not clean, as in it has solder or has fittings still attached to the pipe, not insulated, but may have a lacquer or tin finish, and/or is 1/16” or smaller. Also…#2 is copper wires that have had the casings burnt off. This makes the copper look Black from the heat. No.2 copper scrap may include oxidized or coated/plated pieces including oxidized or coated copper wire free of excessive oxidation. The pricing on Copper #2 at this moment (subject to change) is $2.65 per pound.

Examples of Copper #2

 

If you have any questions regarding Copper #1 or #2, or if you have any question about any of our ferrous or non-ferrous material that we will purchase from you, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:

Southern Metals Recycling

2923 Hwy 421 North – Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 762-2646 – Our hours are M-F 8am – 4:15pm and Sat 8am – 12pm

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