Often recognised for its dirty appearance, no. 2 copper is made up of a mixture of unalloyed wire, pipe or solid metal that has been tarnished with coatings such as paint or solder.
No. 2 copper can also be identified by its minimum copper content of around 94%-96%.
If you have no. 2 burnt copper, then it can also be categorised as no. 2 copper. This kind of no. 2 Copper is a cable that’s been burned in order to remove the plastic covering the bare copper underneath. It’s important to note that, no. 2 burnt copper will have a darker colour than regular no. 2 copper due to this process.
Why Is No. 2 Copper Highly Valued?
Despite its dirty appearance, no. 2 copper is arguably the third most valuable grade of scrap copper due to how easy it is to find in household central heating systems.
Keep in mind that no. 2 copper fittings that are damaged due to oxidation might not be accepted by a scrap metal dealer as this diminishes the copper’s value. However, no. 2 copper fittings with oxidation can be accepted for sale if the damage is small.
The current, estimated scrap copper value for no. 2 copper is between £4,180 – £4,380 per tonne or £4.18 – 4.38 per kilo.
This price range should only be used as a guideline as the monetary value of any metal frequently changes due to supply and demand.