In its natural state, mineral compounds such as copper are found surrounded by rock. Combined, this group of materials are called ‘ore’, and typically, ore contains only 0.5% to 2.0% copper.
Copper is used across the world in computers, electronic goods such as radios and TVs as well as air conditioners, electrical generators and wiring. We also rely on copper’s malleable, ductile properties for power, water supply and transport.
Copper is often referred to as the metal of sustainable development because it can be recycled as often as required without loss of quality. Copper recycling protects natural resources and valuable energy.