Palladium Recycling: 2019 Is a Great Time to Think about Investing in this Rare Metal

Palladium Recycling: 2019 Is a Great Time to Think about Investing in this Rare Metal

It has been a few months since we wrote about palladium on this blog. And it is time to write about it again. Why? Because palladium trading prices are rising steadily. That’s another way of saying that if you acquired some palladium scrap or bullion a few years ago and simply held onto it, you would be making a nice profit on it today.

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Make 2019 Your Year to Cash in on Palladium Scrap

Make 2019 Your Year to Cash in on Palladium Scrap

People confuse palladium and platinum. Both metals are white, lustrous, tarnish-resistant . . . and rare. But if you compare the prices of palladium and platinum jewelry, you will notice immediately that a piece of palladium jewelry sells for about one-third more than a similar piece of platinum jewelry, even though both items weigh about the same.

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What’s the Best Way to Store Catalytic Converters?

What’s the Best Way to Store Catalytic Converters?

Are you ready to start collecting catalytic converters and sending them to Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners to be recycled?

Great. Because you will need to collect 500 or more catalytic converters before shipping them to us, your next decision is . . .

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How to Make Money Recycling Palladium

How to Make Money Recycling Palladium

It’s been a while since we wrote about palladium on our blog. Since we last wrote about this precious metal two years ago, its trading price has risen from about $700 to $800 on the London fix. That’s reason enough to revisit the topic of palladium. And because it is still very feasible to realize a good return from acquiring and recycling this often-overlooked precious metal, we are providing an overview of the basics in today’s blog post. 

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2017 Precious Metals Trends to Watch

2017 Precious Metals Trends to Watch

Will your gold, silver, platinum and other precious metals increase in value in the coming months and years? Will the demand for recyclable precious metals increase in 2017? There is no way to predict with absolute certainty. But here are some trends to watch.

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Your Guide to Incredibly Useful 2016 Posts on the Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners Blog

Your Guide to Incredibly Useful 2016 Posts on the Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners Blog

Our editorial team had a very busy 2016, writing a total of 46 blog posts on a variety of topics. Some posts contained only nuts-and-bolts advice on finding and processing precious metals. Others covered trends. Yet we did our utmost to deliver practical, usable advice in every post we wrote. In today’s post, we’ll organize those 2016 posts by topic, so you can quickly find the information you’re looking for.

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Are Rare Earths and Precious Metals the Same Thing?

Are Rare Earths and Precious Metals the Same Thing?

“Precious metals and rare earth element are the same thing, right?”
 Let’s clear up this misconception right away. No, precious metals and rare earths are not the same. In today’s post, we’ll find out what the difference is

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What’s in a Catalytic Converter? Find Out Fast by Watching this Video

What’s in a Catalytic Converter? Find Out Fast by Watching this Video

If you ask most people how a catalytic converter works, they’ll say, “Dirty exhaust from your car’s engine goes in one side and cleaner exhaust goes out the other side. The exhaust gases then go through the muffler and leave the car via the exhaust pipe. That’s pretty accurate, but it lacks some of the subtler information about what really happens in your car’s catalytic converter. It also doesn’t explain what the recyclable precious metals that catalytic converters contain are, or where you can find them. Well, there's nothing like a video...

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What Will the New Volkswagen Settlement Mean for Catalytic Converter Availability and Prices?

What Will the New Volkswagen Settlement Mean for Catalytic Converter Availability and Prices?

It took a long time, but this month VW and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement to compensate owners of VW 2.0 diesels or to repair or buy back their affected cars. So, what does the new agreement mean for you if you collect and recycle catalytic converters for a profit? Although full details of the agreement have not yet been announced, here are some issues to keep in mind if you are hoping that the agreement could yield a windfall in available converters.

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How to Avoid Poisoning Yourself with Metals

How to Avoid Poisoning Yourself with Metals

What’s the risk of poisoning yourself if you’re storing items made from precious metals that you’d like to recycle? What could happen to you if melt them down and attempt to process them? Actually, chances are pretty good that you’re going to do yourself a lot of harm. Why? Here’s some information you should know.

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New Cars that Could Affect the Future of Catalytic Converters

New Cars that Could Affect the Future of Catalytic Converters

We just went to the famous New York Auto show and went sniffing for catalytic converters in some of the newest models there. We discovered quite a few new cars that use – or do not use – catalytic converters in interesting ways. 

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Why Recycling Metals is Socially and Environmentally Responsible

Why Recycling Metals is Socially and Environmentally Responsible

We’ve published posts in the past about why recycling gold is socially responsible. Recycled gold doesn’t have to be mined, and mining pollutes air and water and burns fossil fuels. And then there’s the fact that recycled gold is not dug from the earth by underpaid, exploited workers. Of course, it is possible that the gold that we recycle from computer motherboards, old jewelry and other sources does have a “dirty” past – because gold doesn’t have DNA, it is impossible to know whether it originally came from a mine in Africa or from ancient amulets that were stolen from the Aztecs. But even if that is the case, the gold that we recycle today is generations removed from any dirty sources and less closely linked to environmental or societal ills. 

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Make More Money Recycling Precious Metals with this Special List of Our Best 2015 Blog Posts

Make More Money Recycling Precious Metals with this Special List of Our Best 2015 Blog Posts

Last year we published a list of the most popular blog posts that we ran in 2014 – the ones that had been viewed by the most people and that had generated the greatest number of comments. We’ve created a different list of best posts this year. They are posts that contain the kind of useful information that can quickly put a lot of money in your pocket – maybe even in time for the holidays. 

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

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: 1) We think that our answer to that question will give you some valuable information about recycling catalytic converters; and 2) Our answer could help you make a lot of money from recycling catalytic converters. If that sounds good to you, please read on.

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