Complicated Precious Metal Recycling Problems Made Easy

Recycling precious metals often involves analyzing and refining big messy batches of mixed materials. People who own these mixed lots of material know that gold or silver or platinum is “in there” somewhere, but don’t know where it is, what it is, or how much of it is present.

Can you tell just from looking if this mining waste contains gold, silver, platinum or other precious metals? We don't either - that's why at Specialty Metals Smelters & Refiners we test your samples before doing anything.

Can you tell just from looking if this mining waste contains gold, silver, platinum or other precious metals? We don't either - that's why at Specialty Metals Smelters & Refiners we test your samples before doing anything.

If you have material like that on hand, call us at 800-426-2344 and we’ll explain how we can test it and determine its value. The bottom line is that even though you do not know just what you have, we can quickly find out and remove any confusion.

Big Messy Batches of… Who Knows What?

Here are some examples of big messy collections of materials that can contain valuable precious metals.

  • Boxes and bins of scrambled wire, thermocouples, connectors and other electrical scrap. When you look at this kind of scrap (and we often do), it is hard to realize that platinum, silver and even gold can be “hiding” in them somewhere. How are you going to pull it all apart and figure out what is there? Well, you don’t have to, because we’ll do the analysis and testing for you.
  • Collections of black sand, mine waste, dried goo from stream beds, etc. Again, it’s hard to look at this stuff and understand that gold, silver and other precious metals can be hiding in them. But how can you know how much and whether recycling a ton of your stuff is going to replay you with pennies worth of gold, or several hundred dollars? The good news is that again, you don’t have to know how to test this kind of material, all you need is our toll-free number, 800-426-2344. Just call us at Specialty Metals Smelters & Refiners and we’ll explain how we can test your “goo” and determine its value.
  • Dust, filings and scrapings from industrial settings. For example, did you know that dust that accumulates under the floorboards of old jewelry factories could contain lots of gold that can be recycled? Or that piles of dirt that are sitting in back of old factories could contain silver and other precious metals? Again, what looks like a “mess” could be worth a lot of money. We’ll be happy to test what you have and issue a full report.
  • Quantities of old chemicals, paints, inks and other liquids. Many old inks and photo-processing chemicals contain silver. So if you come across a bunch of old drums full of liquid or piles of powdered chemicals, give us a call so we can test what you have and let you know whether it is worth recycling. You don’t want to deal with this kind of messy stuff, but we do it all the time.

Want to Know More?

Our precious metals recycling experts are here to help you turn your “mess” into bright shiny new cash. Why not give us a call at 800-426-2344 to talk things over? And when you call, mention this post and ask about free or reduced-cost shipping.

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