Thursday, 28 December 2017

What happens with recycled copper?

Ever wondered what happens to the scrap metals you deliver to a scrap dealer? Where it goes and what purpose copper scrap is used for? et us discuss the process of copper recycling in Dubai.

1. Inspection and sorting

Scrap copper is collected from various scrap dealers and delivered to a processing plant where it is processed into different grades, compositions and purity levels using automated machinery, testing equipment and quality control procedure. Rejected materials are returned back to the supplier, discarded in an environmental friendly manner or sent to other designated recycling plants.

2. Melting

Based on the Copper grade, it is melted and refined to achieve a higher quality of purity. Sometimes,  primary copper is added to enhance its quality or become suitable for certain industries.

3. Electrolytic Refinement

Electroplating of copper after dissolving it in a sulfuric acid bath ensures 99.98% purity of copper. This recovered pure copper can then be put to different uses.

4. Reintroduction into the market

The copper thus recycled can be used in electronics, plumbing and building construction, wiring in automobiles, etc. Copper, due to being biostatic, is useful in places with antimicrobial needs. Hospitals, fish farms, labs, etc, are increasingly using copper to keep microbes at bay.

Recycled copper may have minor impurities, but it is just as useful as primary copper, making copper recycling an important activity to be undertaken.

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