Bare Bright Copper
Cherry wire consists of individual strands that are 14ga and thicker bare wire. Must be bright and shiny, uncoated and unalloyed. (berry)
No. 1 Copper
#1 Copper consists of 14ga and thicker bare wire and clean copper pipe. May have a slight tarnish but must be free of paint, solder and unalloyed. (candy)
No. 2 Copper
Any bare copper that has no more than 5% contamination or that may consist of the following; solder, paint. lead coated wire, excessive oil, wire that has been burnt clean free of plastic pieces and individual wire strands that are under 14ga. *Note, even though you have copper strands that are bright and shiny, if they are under 14ga it is automatically graded as #2. (Birch)
Any miscellaneous, unalloyed copper scrap that has 10% contamination that may consist of the following; solder, paint , lead coated wire, excessive oil, wire that has been burnt clean with some contamination, small amount of alloyed contamination. (Dream)
PROVINCIAL RECYCLING SERVICES
#1 Insulated Copper Wire . 70% Recovery
Insulated copper wire with the individual strands 14ga and thicker that are unalloyed with a 70-80% + copper weight recovery. This wire must not have any plug ends attached. (Droid)
No. 2 Copper Wire
Shall consist of miscellaneous insulated copper wire smaller than 10 gauge and wire with tin coatings. burning. All ends must be cut off. There should be a minimum 50 to 79% copper recovery.
No. 3 Copper Wire (With Ends)
Shall consist of miscellaneous insulated copper wire smaller than 16 gauge and wire with tin coatings. Examples would be extension cords, cat 5 cable, telephone wire, communication wire and telephone wire. No TV cable wire or copper wire from burning. Plug ends are allowed.
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