Electronic recycling can be a vast subject. We only buy computers and cell phones. We buy either the whole computer or the computer broke down into its smaller components: motherboard, tape drive, power supply and hard drive. We do not buy the monitors, key boards or mouse.
Not too many house-hold products are made of lead. Lead, because of its weight, is often used as counter-weights. The average consumer will most often encounter lead by in the form of lead wheel weights, ammunition, and lead-acid batteries.
ACR, also known as reefers, are the evaporating and condensing radiators of air conditioned units, such as: your home A/C, freezers, some vehicles, and refrigerators. This is a restricted material. Click hereto find out more about restricted materials.
The third most abundant metal in the earth's crust is one of the most abundantly used non-ferrous metals. From beverage cans to engine blocks aluminum is valuable for scrap. Prices will vary depending on the purity of the scrap aluminum. Aluminum falls into three price ranges: clean (%100 alu), light (95% alu) and heavy (55% alu).
Clean copper is commonly bought by two catagories: #1 and #2 copper. #1 and #2 copper is always clean and free of any foreign materials. There are a few grey areas when it comes to grading between #1 and #2 wire but the basic rule of thumb is #1 copper must be at least the thickness of a pencil lead--or 16 gauge. Everything else is #2.
Copper that still has the rubber coating is still valuable. Like the above description, ICW is separated by its thickness. 12 gauge house wire has less insulation and is thicker copper--so its worth more. It would be a #1 insulated wire or a 73% copper recovery. Speaker wire would be a low recovery (48%) or #2 insulated. Speaker wire has many small strands and worth less.
Lead-acid auto batteries are the most commonly recycled battery. They are subject to restrictions if you recycle more than two. Click here to learn more if you have more than two to sell. Other batteries we buy are lithium and Ni-Cad (nickel-cadmium) batteries. Lithium batteries are commonly found in cell phones and laptops. Ni-cad batteries are phasing out, worth very little and found in older battery powered tools.