Buying copper

We buy all types of copper

At RMC Polska, we buy copper scrap in every form and purity.

In addition to the standard form of Cu scrap, we also buy copper in the form of Cu pellets and copper heavily contaminated with e.g. earth, plastic and other metals.

Copper scrap purchase - price

The price of copper depends on its purity and impurity content. In the case of highly contaminated copper, it must be processed on metal recycling machines.

The price of Cu can be checked on the LME (London Metal Exchange). The price at the copper scrap purchase depends on the price of the metal on the LME, the euro exchange rate, the purity of the copper and the market situation.

Main copper grades:

Millbera

Milbera is a recycled cable raw material. The conductor thickness should be greater than 1mm. The scrap in this class has the highest price and is characterised by the highest purity. There must be no inorganic contamination or other scrap in this scrap. The material must not be oxidised. The most money can be made on this copper, but its purity must be perfect. The purity of this copper should be 99.95%.

Piece copper I

Piece copper I is pure, luminous copper with no impurities in bulk or in the alloy. Here its origin is crucial.
This is copper that does not come from cables but is just as pure. It can be flat bars, luminescent tubes, traction, oxidised milber. The purity of this copper should be above 99%.

Piece copper II

Piece copper II is very similar to piece copper I, but with the difference that it is allowed to be contaminated by paint, individual solders from tin, and may be oxidised on top (not shiny). Tubes, flat bars, sheets and others belong to this class. The purity of this copper should be
at a minimum of 97%.

Piece copper III

Piece copper III Sometimes this type of copper is called "unsorted". It is characterised by having impurities permanently attached to the material. e.g. varnished Cu, solder tubes and Cu alloys with min. 93%, This class may not contain loose metallic waste other
than Cu. Our staff assess the purity and type of contamination of this type of material each time it is accepted.

Whitened copper

Whitened copper is a raw material derived from recycled cables. It is characterised by the fact that the copper is plated with tin or nickel. It has a silver colour, similar to silver-plated copper. The thickness of the conductor is irrelevant. The purity of this copper should be at a minimum of 97%.

Copper shavings

Copper chips are thin, long strips or pieces of copper obtained by the process of mechanically processing copper. There are various methods of producing copper chips, the most common being turning and machining.
When we purchase copper chips, we always test their moisture content, which is deducted from the weight of the material.

Other types of copper

In addition to the aforementioned types of copper, we buy heavily contaminated materials with a high content of other metals or other non-organic impurities. In this category we can include: copper scrap, spent copper cartridges with lead inside, 'copper sweepings', 'furnaces', cupronickel, silver-plated copper.

Copper - curiosities

Carbon dioxide emissions: Did you know that the production of one tonne of Cu from copper ore results in as much as 3.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the environment and that the most environmentally friendly copper produced from scrap Cu, which is the furnace feedstock, reduces the negative environmental impact to 0.7 tonnes of carbon monoxide being released into the environment.
First metal used by man: Copper is one of the oldest known metals used by humans. The first mined and processed copper comes from areas of present-day Iran and is dated to around 10,000 years ago. It is one of the first metals that man used to make tools, weapons and ornaments.
Antibacterial properties of copper: Copper has natural antibacterial properties, meaning it can kill many types of bacteria and viruses. This is why copper is used in a variety of areas, including hospitals, where copper surfaces can help to reduce the spread of infection.
Copper in contraception: Copper is used in the manufacture of copper IUDs. Copper ions have a toxic effect on sperm, making it difficult for them to access the egg and preventing fertilisation.

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