How Do They Do That? Making Copper Plumbing Tube
Only the highest quality grades of scrap (designated No. 1 Copper or Bare, Bright Copper) are used to make copper tube. These materials are relatively clean, considering that they're recycled scrap, but they do contain some impurities, mainly the sort of metals, such as zinc, tin and nickel, found in copper alloys, plus a bit of iron.