Has the price of copper recycling gone up?



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    If you mean the amount paid by recyclers for copper, generally most metal recyclers pay by the pound and the amount they pay is generally proportional to the price of copper.

    “Gone up” of course is relative – relative to when? The price of copper changes every day. As recently as mid-July the price was high relative to the past couple years, and very high compared to early 2009. Now (early August 2011) it has lost around 50 cents a pound in the past two weeks or so.

    If you mean has the cost to recycle copper gone up, then that too is variable, and is proportional to the costs of energy used in the recycling process, plus the other costs – transportation, administration, storage, etc – that must be figured into the cost of recycling.

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