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The Environmental Impact of Cable

The required removal of abandoned cable could cause a rapid removal of massive amounts of cable.  This creates not only a challenge for building owners, property managers, tenants, and network managers, but also a significant environmental impact from disposal of the cable.


Over time, awareness of environmental issues – driven by rising energy costs and concerns about global climate change – has grown too.  Many leading contractors and consulting engineers around the country have recognized the importance of removing abandoned cable, and have brought this issue to the attention of their clients, particularly when new cables are being installed. In addition, some network and property managers are including removal requirements on bids or lease contracts. Yet, management of cable removal from sites, and oversight of recycling this cable remains an unresolved issue in many buildings.


While the copper in copper communications cables is commonly recovered and recycled, the large amount of plastic material used for insulation and jacketing is most often disposed of by landfill or worse yet by open incineration. Until recently few if any options existed for the recycling of plastic waste from communications cable.


Recycling of Copper Communications Cable

DuPont was the first to introduce a unique recycle program that focuses on full recovery of copper and plastics from end-of-life communications cable. » More


Comparative Environmental Performance of LAN Cabling Systems


Changing environmental interests and new fire safety performance concerns have generated studies into the fire hazard and eco-performance of various data and communication cabling system alternatives for computers and local area networks. » More