5 - Recycling champion

Copper can be recycled again and again without losing its properties or performance.

The sustainability of construction products is now a key focus for the building industry in Europe.  Copper has excellent credentials. Its durability and long lifetime already clearly contribute to the sustainability of buildings.  If demolition or renovation is needed, copper will not go to waste like many other building materials thanks to its recyclability.

Recycled copper remains identical to primary copper, no matter how many times it is recycled. Europe already sources 43% of the copper it needs from recycled materials.

Thanks to the endless recyclability of copper, it is possible that a few atoms of each new plumbing system element have their origin in copper jewellery from the Middle Ages or in coins from the Roman Empire.  


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2016/17 Copper Matters newsletter, topics include: skills competitions; hygienic copper used on an award winning bus; the copper roof on the new Design Museum; updated technical information on the website.