I've been saving mine for a couple of years now, the local scrap yard offers a much better price for stripped copper, but will accept copper with insulation.
My old mentor, Mr. Hixson, has taken large boxes weighing a couple hundred pounds to the Chrokee Nation in NC and sold the lot for enough money to pay for his vacation, several hundred dollars for un-stripped wire. Apparently, the Cherokee Nation can burn the insulation off without retaliation fom the EPA, and they make jewelry and trinkets from the smelded copper.
My ignorance is both apparent, and ironic given that I'm a certified member of the Cherokee Nation, myself. Complete with a Bureau of Indian affairs card and Cherokee Nation card. The true irony is that I can twist some copper into some terrible unartistic shape and legally call it "Authentic American Indian Art" whereas my neighbor who is a flint knapper and makes beautiful things cannot. He has more Indian blood than I have, but no card. He can't get one because his lineage cannot be traced back to those that signed some treaty. Apparently, my remote ancestors did. Stupid Laws.
[This message has been edited by sparky66wv (edited 07-07-2002).]