Why cable recycling is important
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Why cable recycling is important

01 Aug 2022

Recycling cables is an important segment of the recycling process. Recycling cables yields high-purity metals which can be further used in the production process. In this article, you will learn which parts of the cables can be recycled, which types of cables are collected and what we get by recycling cables.

Which types of cables can be recycled

In order for any cable to be recycled, we should first estimate its value and determine the adequate way to process it which will use all of the materials of the cable in the optimal way.

The cables that are collected and can be used in recycling processes include all kinds of electronic and electrical waste cables, construction cables and vehicle industry cables.

There are also cables whose contents are not suitable for recycling, and this category includes optical cables because they contain plastic and glass components.

Products obtained through cable recycling

When recycling cables, the processes following the pulverization, grinding and separation yield copper or aluminium granulates that are fully purified from any waste plastics. The granulate is then melted and reused for copper or aluminium products.

The importance of recycling cables is reflected in the lower resource consumption. By recycling properly and in compliance with the law, we prevent environmental pollution and create new materials that can be further used in the production process. If cables are not properly handled, their combustion may release toxic gasses into the air and cause serious threats to health.

How are cables recycled

Cable recycling is performed in full compliance with legal regulations pertaining to this process. The collected cables are mechanically broken down into fractions. By separating fractions of the components, we obtain high-purity metals.

In order for the materials to separate better, there is an entire array of systems for sorting and separation implemented in the process, all in the service of obtaining a higher quality end product. In order to obtain the end product of recycling, cables go through multiple phases including pulverization, grinding, separation and the end result is purified metal of extremely high purity percentage.