Catalytic Converter Recycling
Catalytic Converter Recycling for Profit
Got a catalytic converter? Chances are you do; they are found in cars, trucks, SUVs and vans and are often used on generator sets, forklifts, mining equipment, trucks, buses, trains and other engine-equipped machines. There are over 2,500 different catalytic converters manufactured today. Nearly every vehicle in the US and Canada utilizes a catalytic converter to help reduce the toxins in the emissions being released into the environment. Catalytic converter recycling from all of these machines is now happening on a routine basis.
What Does a Catalytic Converter Do?
These devices are meant to help reduce an engine’s carbon footprint. How does a catalytic converter do that? Inside of catalytic converters, there are metals – platinum, palladium and rhodium. These precious metal acts as the catalyst in a chemical reaction that cleans the vehicle’s emissions. Typically, the catalysts are either inside the converter as a honeycomb piece or as pellets.
Where Can a Catalytic Converter be Recycled?
What happens to the precious metals when your car, truck, SUV or van is junked? Up until now, not much. However, that’s changing. A company in central Missouri, Arch Enterprises, is one of the nation’s leading precious metal refineries. They are now making a difference by the expansion of their precious metal refinement capabilities to include catalytic converters. “Only about half the catalytic converters in America are currently being refined at the end of a vehicle’s life,” said Julie DiNatale, national sales manager for Arch Enterprises. “At the same time, fortunately, now Arch Enterprises can help recycle these parts for their precious metal so that the remains don’t spend eternity in a junkyard or a landfill.” Who will this affect? The entire planet benefits from recycling, but most of all right now, it is good news for mechanics, junkyards and used car dealerships.
Incorporated in 1997, Arch Enterprises provides recovery services for all scrap precious metal materials including gold, platinum, silver, palladium, rhodium, iridium and ruthenium. Arch Enterprises performs extraction services for the photo, medical, dental and jewelry industries. It also works with consumers on a regular basis to recover metals from old coins, flatware, jewelry and other decorative pieces. Chemical manufacturing and plating companies also rely on Arch Enterprises, as one of few precious metal refineries in the U.S. that offers recycling services for metal-containing chemical catalysts.
Recycle the Whole Converter or Just the Pellets or Mesh?
Arch Enterprises now accepts the honeycomb mesh, pellets or the entire converter. The actual precious metal content on the interior of the converter, the type of metal present, and other factors determine the amount paid for each converter. Arch Enterprises is accepting whole or partial catalytic converters for precious metal refinement.
Arch Enterprises does not have a minimum or maximum set for these parts, so they will accept shipments as small as one converter. Before you ship your materials, you should request an estimate, however. Estimates can be obtained by calling 1-800- 835-0478 or by checking out www.archenterprises.com.
Where to Get a Converter?
Cars are sometimes lasting longer than their catalytic converters, so what happens if you need a new converter? It’s illegal to buy one from a junk yard so you’ll have to check with your dealership, or shop at places like Auto Zone or O’Reilly. Can you sell your old converter to a scrap metal yard to get some money back? One Internet blogger claims, “You may have trouble selling your old one because in at least certain areas of the country, stealing them off of parked cars is becoming a major crime problem.” For the honest individual, catalytic converter recycling when you replace your old converter can be one way to get back some of the cost of the new converter.
How Much is One Worth?
With platinum at about $1700 per ounce and a converter containing about one tenth of an ounce of platinum, you might get $100, depending on the scrap yard. Selling scrap catalytic converters can be a very difficult task because most of us have no idea how much a scrap catalytic converter is worth. Many unsuspecting people have been taken advantage of due to this factor. Research catalytic converter recycling values before selling.
More Information On Recycling Converters
To become more knowledgeable, one source is www.sellyourcatsdirect.com, a company with a catalog picturing 18 different categories of converters. If you have a scrap catalytic converter that you don’t see in their catalog, you can send pictures to email@example.com and receive a quote within 24 hours. Include pictures of the top and both ends of the converter. Prices vary depending on the precious metal recovery value of the catalytic converter, but this company claims to give you the best price for your scrap catalytic converter.
Making Money Selling Catalytic Converters
Catalytic converter recycling is becoming a method to make money if you are willing to hustle. The difficult part about catalytic converter recycling is coming up with the scrap catalytic converters. One method is to purchase scrap automobiles and other machines and part them out. If you can get them cheaply you can make a profit. Make sure the converter is still there before buying! Another method is to purchase just the converter from people who are parting out or scrapping cars. They may not be interested in catalytic converter recycling and may be willing to sell their converters at a price that allows you to make a profit.