At the end of every electrical related job, there are always plenty of scrap wires and excess parts that will be left behind. More often than not, we are so preoccupied with enjoying the newly connected power to critically consider on the best way to dispose of such leftovers. Scrap wires can be hazardous if not properly disposed off; it’s worse if you let them rust or get buried in the soil as they may easily cause tetanus infected wounds. Still, you can’t think of burning them as most emit toxic fumes from the insulation used to cover the cables. As such, due caution must be excised when it comes to disposing off of scrap wires.
- Recycling; the first and most recommended way of disposing of scrap wires and excess parts is by recycling them. Wires and metal are some of the most readily recyclable parts. You can do a quick online research to find out what recycling plants are located near you; most will readily come over to pick such excess parts for recycling. You can make a few coins from selling these scrap wires and excess parts to the recycling plant.
- Selling; secondly, you can start by sorting out the extra parts to put aside what is usable and what is not. Aluminum, copper, iron and other metals are always on demand in the market. You just need to research and know the current market rice. You may not sell the wires at the exact prices you bought them at; just get a buyer who’s willing to pay a fair price for them. Remember that with electrical cables and wires, these can be easily spliced up and joined to form one long cable. Thus there’s value at all times in scrap wires left after an electrical job.
- Future use; lastly, electrical problems in most premises occur as emergencies. One day everything is fine, the next day everything is a mess. This is when you start running over looking for an electrician, buying wires and spares to get the job done. Thus resist the urge to dispose of all scrap wires left behind. Try and store them in your garage or any other room that you hardly use. Trust you me, a day will come when you’ll be desperate for a piece of cable and this will save your day. Electrical wires don’t expire quickly and you can store them for years, waiting for the day you’ll desperately need to use them.
If you have an electrician working for you, there are times you can agree with him or her to slash off a bit of what they were to charge you, and they’ll take away some of the scrap wires They are better placed to sell them off because they have contacts in the right places; at times they may use the same on another household that requires the same. This therefore means that whichever way you look at it, disposing of scrap wires and excess parts should never really trouble you.