Recycled Copper vs. New Copper: What’s the Difference?

At SDI La Farga, our goal is to provide quality copper products at a lower cost by offering recycled copper that maintains its purity, durability and cost savings while protecting the planet. So why choose recycled copper over new copper? The answer might surprise you. The benefits of recycled copper rival new copper in several ways including durability, purity, and cost savings.

Durability
Copper was first used by humans more than 10,000 years ago—a metal so durable it has been found in ancient artifacts from thousands of years ago.  Because of how long-lasting copper is, it can be recycled over and over again—boasting a higher recycling rate than any other metal, even more than aluminum.

Instead of mining new copper and consuming more of a finite resource, we recycle copper from reclaimed sources, mostly electrical wiring and plumbing, and then recycle it using a fire-refining process that saves energy, emits fewer emissions, and provides a cost savings when compared with mining new copper.

Through recycling, we are able to produce a quality copper product at a fraction of the price.  It’s copper’s durability that makes it a long-lasting, great choice.

Purity
Through our state-of the art process, we turn reclaimed copper into copper that’s 99.9 percent pure. Higher purity makes it harder to distinguish between new copper and recycled copper. This means quality is not sacrificed when using recycled copper; instead, you are saving money while gaining a copper product that rivals new copper in quality.

Cost
Recycled copper’s value is impressive: Premium-grade scrap normally has at least 95% of the value of new copper, making it the cost-effective choice for those who want to save money. These savings add up, with consumers saving approximately 1.5 cents per pound because of our process.

By recycling copper, we keep the overall cost of copper products down, while protecting the finite copper resources on our planet. By recycling copper, we avoid the expensive and waste-producing process of mining new copper, which uses the electrolytic method and produces harmful emissions. Compared with our fire-refining process, which saves energy and emits less waste, the choice is clear:  SDI La Farga’s recycled copper is the superior option for savings and quality.