Did you know? - When zinc is alloyed with copper, brass is made. And when tin is alloyed with copper, bronze is made. Both brass and bronze are stronger than pure copper and do not corrode in air or water except for a small amount of tarnishing.
The Statue of Liberty contains 179,000 pounds of copper. After one hundred years of enduring biting sea winds, driving rains and the beating sun, the copper skin of the Statue of Liberty not only has grown more beautiful, it has remained virtually intact. The weathering and oxidation of the copper skin has amounted to just .005 of an inch in a century.
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- Approximately 43% of all copper used each year is a product of recycling and businesses like Safran Metals.
- Due to the high value of recycled copper (95% of the value of primary metal from newly mined ore) recycling reduces the need for new, potentially environmentally harmful, mining operations.
- Copper is a natural trace element that is essential in the development of most animals, plants, and even human beings, and is not known to cause any health problems when used in moderation.
- Each year in the U.S.A., nearly as much copper is recovered from recycled material as is derived from newly mined ore. Excluding wire production, most of which uses newly refined copper, more than three-fourths of the amount used by copper and brass mills, ingot makers, foundries, powder plants and other industries comes from recycled scrap.