Catalytic Converter Recycling: What is it?

This blog will help you understand what catalytic converter recycling entails.


What is the purpose of a Catalytic Converter?

Catalytic converters are an essential component of any vehicle to control emission output. It is responsible for filtering out harmful compounds from your car exhaust, reducing the risk of exposure to hazardous pollution.

Why Recycling Catalytic Converters is Essential

As mentioned, Catalytic Converters possess precious metals to reduce emissions. These precious metals are Rhodium, Platinum, and Palladium. Recovering the PGMs in a mining operation is very labor-intensive, pollutes the Earth, and is costly. Recycling your catalytic converters is far more sustainable due to the labor and cost savings. The recycled metals in converters get reused, and by recycling Catalytic Converters, you reduce the carbon footprint.

How To Recycle Catalytic Converters?

There are a few ways to recycle your catalytic converters, and you should be getting paid to do so. First, you must prepare your material correctly to have a more significant financial gain. The easiest way is to keep the shell on the monolith. Removal of the body makes it nearly impossible to identify the model of the converter and its value. You should remove the pipes on both sides by trimming them up. Doing this saves the buyers much time and usually results in a slightly higher payout since you lower their labor costs. 

Now you know the purpose of recycling catalytic converters, why it is essential, and how you can get started!


Edmund Schwenk

CEO/Metallurgist of PGM Recovery Systems “The single most important factor when you sell auto catalyst from used catalytic converters is the assay, not terms! Assay transparency is paramount! Many de-canners we speak to believe they are not getting correct assays on their material. Some have de-canned, shipped to other companies and received a little more than they could have sold their whole converters for in the first place.”Mission Statement: We at PGM Recovery Systems are providing information and transparency to the catalytic converter recycling industry in an effort to promote a value system of fair dealing. As a result of providing the industry with the proper tools to increase their profits, we are developing long-term relationships with suppliers.