Scrap Copper

If it’s scrap copper, it’s money! 

Of all the common types of scrap metal that you can find in Singapore, copper metal is the most valuable type of base metal. This metal is usually the first thing that scrap metal collectors look out for. 

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8779 8020 to find out the current Singapore market price of scrap copper before you decide where to sell scrap copper! 

Scrap Copper Price

We follow the LME price closely to ensure that our prices remain competitive at all times. Just like selling gold, you will not receive the actual full market value. You’ll get the scrap value for your copper. This is because dealers must pay a smelter, someone who melts the copper, up to a certain percent of the value to refine the metal among many other cost like transport and labour.

Click here for the 3 months price chart to see the latest copper price trend. Copper price fluctuates almost daily due to several factors. We have written an article that explains what factors might affect the price of copper. 

Different classes of copper

We will teach you in this section how to classify different classes of copper. Scrap yards in Singapore take in all kinds of scrap copper, but they pay different prices for different classes/grades. It is advisable to separate your copper into their respective grades before heading down to any scrap yard so that you will be paid more when you sell your scrap copper. 

Here is a brief summary of the different types of copper and their classes.

#1 copper

  • Bright bare copper from insulated wires and cables

#2 copper

  • Copper pipe
  • Bus bar
  • Tinned copper 
  • Copper tape
  • Burnt #1 copper
  • Greasy bright copper
  • Copper with water block tape

#3 copper

  • Copper turning
  • Copper coil in motors
  • Copper ash/powder

Grade 1 / No.1 Copper / M1 Copper

 The most valuable and highest paying grade of copper. 

  • Stripped from any form of insulation.
  • The thickness of each strand of copper should be more than 2.5mm in general ( As a guide, the pencil lead that we use in school).
  • Clean & bright.
  • Free from any form of contaminants which includes signs of oxidation and very negligible amount of patina. 

This type of copper is usually recovered from copper cables and wires after going through a stripping process. Its clean and un-coated surface make it easy to reuse or recycle, and demand a high market price compared to other base metals. As such, it is usually the first thing that scrap collectors look for.

copper tape
tinned copper
Scrap copper
scrap copper

Grade 2/ No. 2 Copper/ M2

A few kind of coppers fall into this grade. They are generally found in household electrical appliances, plumbing system and electrical wiring system.

  1. Copper pipe – free of any fittings and excessive paint works
  2. Copper tape
  3. Bright Copper less than 2.5mm 
  4. Tin-coated copper (Bus bar, wire braid etc)

Grade 3 Copper/ Motor Copper

This type of copper is commonly found inside transformers or electric motors. It has a darker coating compared to the rest of the coppers. Scrapping electric motor for this copper is not easy and you should proceed only with personal safety protection. 

What else can I do to get more cash ?

Accumulate more
In addition to sorting out into different grades, the next best thing you can do is to accumulate your copper. In the trading world, weight is king. If you have 2000kg of scrap copper compared to 20kg, there is a good chance that you will be offered a higher price than the latter. 

Ask for 3 quotations
You can also do your due diligence by checking with 3 companies before deciding to sell your copper. This way, you can be certain that you are being provided the best market price of copper in the market. 

Weigh it yourself first
Find out the weight of your copper first by weighing it with a scale to prevent any fraud. Then call around to ask for the best price. 

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