Cable Recycling For UK Businesses

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Recycle Cables With Plastic Expert

If your business has a bulk load of old or unwanted electrical cables and wires, we can provide a waste collection nationwide. Our team specialises in disposing of electronic equipment, transporting materials to licensed recycling centres for repurposing. 
With Plastic Expert, we can ensure to recycle your electrical products safely, minimising impact on the planet and boosting your green credentials. Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is widely known as one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, and must be disposed of sustainably.

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Our Electrical Cable Disposal Service

Small electrical cable items can be recycled with our team in bulk loads. The recycling of electrical cables is a complex process that involves several stages, aiming to recover valuable materials and minimise environmental impact. 
Electrical cables are composed of various valuable materials including metals such as copper and aluminium, along with plastic coatings that can be effectively recycled. PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) is widely used in electrical cables for insulation. 
Here’s an overview of the cable recycling process:

Collection and Transportation

The process begins with the collection of waste electrical cables from various sources, including industrial and commercial sectors. The collected cables are then transported to a recycling facility.

Shredding and Granulation

The cables will be shredded and granulated into smaller pieces, separating the metal from the insulation.


The separated metals may undergo further purification processes to remove any remaining impurities, ensuring the highest quality for the recycled material.

Preparation for Reuse

The purified metals, typically copper and aluminium, are then melted and cast into new products or components. Recycled plastic from the insulation can be processed and used to produce new plastic products.

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Materials Contained in Electrical Cables


This is the most valuable material in electrical cables. It is known for its excellent conductivity and widespread use in electrical wiring, plumbing, and industrial machinery.


Sometimes used in place of copper, particularly in high-voltage or heavy-duty cables. Valued for its conductivity and lightweight properties.

Plastic Insulation

Commonly made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PE (polyethylene), or rubber. The insulation is shredded and recycled into new plastic products.


Sometimes used as a stabiliser in the plastic insulation of certain cables. Requires careful handling and recycling due to its toxic nature.

Recycling Cables For Businesses Nationwide

Are you looking for a professional team to recycle your electrical items? With the help of our sustainable wire and cable disposal service, we can ensure to recycle your electronics and divert WEEE waste from polluting our planet. Get in touch today to book a collection for your electrical cables, or find out more about our waste management services.
Please note, we only provide services for businesses disposing of bulk loads of waste materials.

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