Why Do We Only Process Batches of 500 or More Catalytic Converters?

The title of today’s post references a question that we are often asked. Yes, the fact is that we are only able to process batches of 500 or more catalytic converters. Today, we’d like to explain why, for two reasons:

  • First, we think that our answer to that question will give you some valuable information about recycling catalytic converters.
  • Second, our answer could help you make a lot of money from recycling catalytic converters.

If that sounds good to you, please read on. So, why do we only process batches of 500 convertors or more?

Shown: scrap from the inside of Catalytic Converters, which Specialty Metals accepts for recycling in minimum lots of 500 units. Credit: Adam88xx/iStock.

Shown: scrap from the inside of Catalytic Converters, which Specialty Metals accepts for recycling in minimum lots of 500 units. Credit: Adam88xx/iStock.

Reason One: Recycling Larger Batches Leads to More Profitable Business Relationships

We do get calls from individuals who have only five or 10 catalytic converters to recycle. Much as we would like to help everyone recycle precious metals, we have to draw the line somewhere. But we also believe that setting our minimum at 500 converters is a policy that helps everyone. Some ambitious entrepreneurs we know, for example, have reached out and started to buy large quantities of used catalytic converters from junkyards, muffler shops and other sources, then send them in to us. The result is that they end up with profitable lines of business that, in turn, benefit us.

Reason Two: Recycling Larger Batches Discourages Dishonest Individuals from Contacting Us

If you do an online search for the term “catalytic converter theft,” you will discover that petty thieves from coast to coast are crawling under parked cars and sawing off their catalytic converters. How are they selling them? We have no idea – perhaps they sell them to local junkyards for a few bucks each. But we do have a very good idea that we want no part of doing business with petty thieves who steal cat converters from cars (or steal airbags, or baby seats, or stereos, or anything else for that matter). Our minimum of 500 helps assure that we are doing business with honest people.

Reason Three: Analyzing and Recycling Catalytic Converters Is a Complex Process

Have you ever seen a big batch of nice, shiny, clean, identical used catalytic converters? Of course you haven’t, and neither have we. When we receive a batch, it isn’t a pretty sight. A batch of 500 can contain converters made by GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, as well as by four or five aftermarket companies. Some of them come from cars, others from diesel trucks or industrial engines. Some have sawed-off stubs of exhaust pipes attached, some have split seams, and some are crushed. It’s a mess.

We are pointing this out to explain that analyzing a batch of catalytic converters is a complex and time-consuming job that requires skilled technicians, lots of floor space and other expensive commitments. All the converters have to be classified, organized and individually tested prior to processing. And reports have to be created that detail just what they contain.

It’s Complicated, But . . .

Despite all that, catalytic converters are well worth recycling. If you have a batch of 500 or more and would like to know what your next steps are, call us at 800-426-2344. We are here to help. And when you call, please mention this blog post and ask about free or reduced-cost shipping of your units to our refinery.

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