Wire and Cable Recycling

wire and cable recycling

Bolduc’s experience in wire and cable recycling is unmatched in Vermont. We are a high-volume buyer with the ability to process both small and large quantities of wire. If your question about wire recycling is not answered below, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you. See below for current prices and frequently asked questions. The list prices below apply to the general public. Contact us for our contractor pricing or help in sorting your material to get the best possible price.

Wire and Cable Recycling Prices

*Prices are subject to change due to market fluctuations.

Determine the content of wire versus plastic in your material by cutting a cross-section and comparing it to the information below. The percentages of copper in the wire are what the name implies, and the plastic waste is the other percentage. We appraise most wire and cables as needed in order to get you the best possible price for your material on a given day.

Dirty Aluminum
Bare Bright Wire

Bare, shiny/bright Copper wire.

Dirty Aluminum
#1 Copper

Copper colored pipe with no solder, paint, or tarnish.

#2 Copper

Copper pipe, wire, or bus bar with silver coating, solder, paint, or tarnish.

Sheet Copper

Copper sheets, flashing, or roof pans.

Dirty Sheet Copper

Sheet Copper with tar, wood, or shingles.

Lead Coated Sheet Copper

Sheet copper with lead coating

90% #1 ICW (6 awg and up)

90% copper, 10% plastic insulation, without a silver coating. (6 awg and larger)

80% #1 ICW (THHN)

80% copper, 20% plastic insulation, THHN 8-16 awg, without a silver coating.

70% #1 ICW (Well Pump Wire)

70% copper, 30% plastic insulation, without a silver coating.

65% #1 ICW (Romex)

65% copper, 35% plastic insulation, without a silver coating. Romex, UV/PV.

50% #1 ICW (Cat 5 & 6)

50% copper, 50% plastic insulation. Cat 5 & 6 without a shield or trace.

90% #2 ICW

90% copper, 10% silver coating or welding lead.

65% #2 ICW

65% copper, 35% with silver coating or trace. Fire alarm wire.

Harness Wire (No attachments)

Automotive harness wire without a fuse box.

Shop Wire (44% #2)

Extension cords, tool power cords, cat 5 or 6 with a trace.

Computer Wire (33% #2)

Low grade wire, phone charger cords, and ribbon wire.

Aluminum BX

Copper wire shielded with a flexible aluminum armor.

Steel BX

Copper wire shielded with a flexible steel armor.

Open Eye Heliax

Used in cellular communication applications. Insulated thin copper with a hollow center.

High Voltage Wire (75%)

Insulated copper wire with a shielding copper tape.

Figure 8 Wire

Insulated copper wire with a steel guide wire.

URD Cable

Insulated aluminum wire with a conductive copper shield.


Bare copper conductor with two copper strands and one steel strand.

TV Cable

Main TV transmission line, low % coated copper wire.

Christmas Lights

Any Christmas lights with or without bulbs.

Jelly Wire

50% recovery wire with a jelly filling inside the casing.

Dirty Aluminum

aluminum conductor steel reinforced wire

EC Wire

Clean aluminum wire

Figure 8 Wire

Telephone wire with steel guide wire

High Voltage Wire
Lead Coated Wire

Copper wire with lead jacket

URD Cable

High voltage cable

Computer Wire

Wire only – no computers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it worth it to strip the plastic coating off? It depends. Although you will get more per pound, you will ultimately have less weight. By shipping the wire as is, you can ensure that the plastic waste is properly disposed of.
  • My wire is in a tangled mess and not separated. Will you still take it? Yes, but you will be paid at the lesser material weight. It doesn’t have to be reeled or rolled, but you’ll get the best price for separating
  • I am a contractor, electrician, plumber. Does that mean anything? Yes, if you are a high volume user talk to us about how that affects your price or if a roll-off container would better suit your needs.