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Wire & Cable Recycling

How is wire and cable recycled?

All wire can be recycled. These wires include telephone wire, computer wire, power cords, and ultra-fine wire. Commonly these wires or cables are used with mice, keyboards, computers, telephones, fax machines, printers, televisions, photo copiers, servers, clock radios, mp3 players the list is endless. If you can plug it in, the wire can be recycled.

Cable and wire are recycled through many different processes. Most methods separate the metal from the rubber or plastic casing. Frequently, a special machine which grinds the wire and then separates the commodities is used. Another method is called “chopping.” A specialized machine is used to chop the wire into various lengths and sizes. Air is then used to separate metal from any insulation.

The end result of both methods is the separation of steel, brass, and copper. As well as plastic / rubber in the shape of tiny pellets in concentrated form. All of these products may then be sold directly to rubber / plastic and metal manufacturers.