How are Catalytic Converters Recycled?
Catalytic converters are most commonly found in cars and contain a range of precious metals. Using a set of catalysts, they help convert some of the dangerous gases produced by vehicles into benign substances.
Both platinum and palladium (rare precious metals) are found in catalytic converters. The metals convert carbon monoxide and other smog-producers into carbon dioxide and water. Several other metals, including copper, nickel, cerium, iron, manganese and rhodium are also found in the converters.
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What can recycled catalytic converters become?
Made up of robust PGMs (platinum group metals), manufacturers use the precious metals from catalytic converters to create wires, appliances, electronics and even vehicles.
Recycled Catalytic Converters and the Environment
While the mining of anything makes a substantial impact on our environment, precious metal extraction can be particularly tough on the planet. For example, it takes one tonne of ore to produce one ounce of platinum, and the ore has to be treated with chemicals in order to process it. Mining precious metals is also costly, labour intensive and dangerous. By recycling a catalytic converter, you help diminish the need to mine these and other precious metals.
Common Places to Find Recyclable Catalytic Converters
- Exhaust systems in vehicles
- Electrical generators
- Mining equipment