Why Let Tens of Thousands of Electronic Devices End Up in Landfills when You Can Recycle Them and Make Money Today?

Why Let Tens of Thousands of Electronic Devices End Up in Landfills when You Can Recycle Them and Make Money Today?

In case you think that scrapped computers and other old electronic devices are hard to find and send to us to be recycled, we’d like to direct your attention to statistics that were recently reported in “Electronic Waste by Numbers: Recycling & the World,” an article that was posted on March 12, 2016 on ewaste.com. Every year, vast quantities of electronic waste are tossed away. Here are some eye-opening statistics…

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New Apple Robot Shows Us How to Recycle Old iPhones

New Apple Robot Shows Us How to Recycle Old iPhones

Here’s a video that shows how a new robot that Apple designed can pull apart an iPhone and separate out its parts. For reasons we do not know, Apple named this robot Liam. According to Apple, just one Liam robot can recycle 1.2 million iPhones a year.

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Get Wired! How to Unravel Big Dollars from Wires Made of Gold, Platinum and other Precious Metals

Get Wired! How to Unravel Big Dollars from Wires Made of Gold, Platinum and other Precious Metals

If you’re emptying an old factory that produced products that contained metals, chances are good that you will discover wire that contains precious metals.  You might find coils of it in storage areas. You might find little rolls of it hiding in drawers. Unless the previous owners labeled their supplies carefully or the wire is still in its original packaging, you have very little way of knowing what kind of wire you have.

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Doing Well by Doing Good: Why Your Business Should Co-Sponsor an Electronics Recycling Day in Your Community

Doing Well by Doing Good: Why Your Business Should Co-Sponsor an Electronics Recycling Day in Your Community

More and more towns and cities across America are holding recycling day events to collect old electronic devices. Electronic recycling days provide a needed service to individuals, who often do not know how or where to responsibly recycle old electrical devices. Whether you are a company that already has stockpiles of electronics to recycle or a company that wants to do something good for your community, you should consider getting involved. By doing good, you could also have an opportunity to earn income.

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8 Explosive Facts about Lithium

8 Explosive Facts about Lithium

Someone called one of our expert consultants at 800-426-2344 last week and asked, “Is lithium a precious metal?” He had a lot of old printed-circuit boards that had batteries attached to them and was wondering if he would get paid for the lithium that they contained if he sent them in to be recycled.

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Can You Reclaim Silver from Printing Ink?

Can You Reclaim Silver from Printing Ink?

Can silver be profitably recycled from printing ink? The answer to that question is yes, silver can be obtained from many printing inks. When you introduce the right chemical into them, the silver precipitates and falls to the bottom.  But here is some additional information you need to know.

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Why Recycling Large Quantities of Small Appliances Offers You a Big Payback

Why Recycling Large Quantities of Small Appliances Offers You a Big Payback

How valuable are the precious metals in a single toaster? How about in a coffee maker or a toaster oven? In reality, you won’t find more than a few cents’ worth of precious metals in small appliances like those. But when the quantities of small appliances increase, things can get more interesting – and more profitable. Here are some interesting variables that can have a big impact on the potential value of quantities of smaller appliances . . .

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How Business Brokers Can Make Windfall Profits in Gold and other Precious Metals

How Business Brokers Can Make Windfall Profits in Gold and other Precious Metals

...Yet there is a compelling reason why business brokers should slow down a little and take a close look at the businesses that they are listing for sale: Many businesses contain sources of gold and other precious metals that can be profitably recycled with a qualified precious metals refinery like ours....

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Be on the Lookout for Precious Metals as Air Conditioning Systems Power Off

In Canada and the northern regions of the United States, autumn is the season when leave start to fall and football gets started. It is also the time of year when people toss their old air conditioning systems and upgrade to new ones. If you are on the lookout, you could reclaim precious metals from old systems – precious metals that can be profitably recycled by a precious metals refinery like us.

Photo of an air conditioning system being repaired. Systems like this contain gold-bearing circuit boards and platinum thermocouple wire which can be recycled profitably by Specialty Metals.

Photo of an air conditioning system being repaired. Systems like this contain gold-bearing circuit boards and platinum thermocouple wire which can be recycled profitably by Specialty Metals.

Whether you are in the business of installing new air conditioning systems or simply find yourself in possession of a stack of old window units, here are some of the sources of precious metals that you should know about.

Recyclable Gold in Circuit Boards

Modern air conditioning systems and individual units contain circuit boards that can yield quantities of recyclable gold. It is most commonly found on the contact “fingers” on the edges of printed circuit boards. Be on the lookout for them in . . .

  • Remote devices that are used to control individual and window air conditioning units in hotels, motels, and private homes.
  • Front-panel displays and controls in both window and through-the-wall air conditioning units.
  • Central control panels and individual thermostats that are part of larger commercial and industrial systems.

The larger the quantity of these devices that you have, the more gold you have that can be recycled.

Recyclable Platinum and Other Metals in Thermocouples

Thermocouples and thermocouple wire are devices that monitor and control temperatures remotely. Valuable quantities of them can be found in commercial central air conditioning systems. And they are worth money. They can contain platinum, platinum/rhodium alloys, palladium/platinum/gold alloys, rhodium, nickel alloys, tungsten alloys – and even combinations of two noble metals like Gold and Platinum or Platinum and Palladium.

If you come into possession of a quantity of them, they have the potential to be recycled very profitably.

As Temperatures Cool, Your Income from Precious Metals Could Be Heating Up

If you have used air-conditioning systems or units on hand, call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344. We are here to help you turn them into dollars.

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How Are Precious Metals Recovered from Electronic Scrap?

If you have old cellphones, computers, or other electronic devices, you probably have some questions about how you can make the most money by recycling them. Here is a basic rule of thumb to keep in mind . . .

If the process that is used to extract the precious metals in those devices is too costly, the devices might not be worth recycling at all

Shown: electronic scrap gold plated pins sent to Specialty Metals by our customers for recycling and refining.

Shown: electronic scrap gold plated pins sent to Specialty Metals by our customers for recycling and refining.

It Makes Sense . . .

If you spend time with a pair of snippers removing the gold connecting pins from old computer CPUs and forward those pins to a top precious metals refinery like Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners, you will get a high dollar return for every ounce of those pins that you send in. It makes sense, because comparatively little processing is required to separate the gold that those pins contain from other metals and contaminating materials. In contrast, if you contact us and ask about several hundred intact cellphones that you would like to recycle, you might learn that the cost of processing those phones is higher than the value of the precious metals that they contain. After all, one cellphone usually contains only a few cents’ worth of gold.

For a bit of perspective, here is a brief rundown on the different processes that are typically used by precious metal refiners to extract gold, silver, platinum and palladium from electronic scrap, or E-Scrap, as it is called in the recycling business.

Whole Device Refurbishing or Remanufacturing

This is a recycling option that can only be used for current-model smart phones and other devices that can still have use if they are refurbished by the manufacturer or another company.

Extracted-Component Recycling

The case study we cited above – the recycling of gold pins that have physically been removed from electronic devices – is a good example. If you do the physical work of removing components that contain valuable quantities of precious metals, you will get a higher dollar return for every ounce of material that you send in to be recycled.

Shredding, Granulating, Heat Processing and Other Industrial Recycling

These processes are done by large industrial recycling companies that grind up circuit boards and components and use a variety of processes to separate and extract the materials that they contain. Shredded printed circuit boards, for example, can have their ferrous materials removed by magnets, then that residue can be sifted and searched for precious metals, then that residue can be melted so that plastics can be recycled and used in other products.

Which Process Will Yield the Most Value?

As you have already observed, the “purer” recycling options (like extracted component recycling) are likely to put more dollars in your pocket than are the “dirtier” options (like shredding and granulating).

Not sure which is the best way to get the most value from your E-Scrap? Give us a call at 800-426-2344 and we’ll be pleased to explain what your best options are.

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Four Kinds of Easy-to-Overlook Electronic Devices that Contain Gold

Four Kinds of Easy-to-Overlook Electronic Devices that Contain Gold

We’ve written on this blog about many kinds of electronic devices that contain gold that can be recycled by a top precious metals refinery. We’ve covered laptop computers, tablet computers, cellphones, and even the circuit boards that can be found in junked cars.

Shown: gold-bearing circuit board inside of a VCR, which can be recycled and refined by Specialty Metals.

Shown: gold-bearing circuit board inside of a VCR, which can be recycled and refined by Specialty Metals.

Today, we’d like to give you a checklist of other easily overlooked electronic devices that contain gold too:

Remotes of All Kinds

Just about every household has a batch of old remote control devices for old TVs, VCRs, and more lying around, sometimes quite a few. And each of them contains a small printed circuit board that contains a small quantity of gold.

Old Stereo Components

Stereo amplifiers and receivers contain printed circuit boards that contain gold. The good news is that older components often contain more gold than newer ones do. If you have a quantity of them - in your town recycling facility, perhaps? – you could be sitting on dollars too.

VCRs, CD Players and DVD players

These “tossable” electronic devices pile up in recycling centers, in the back rooms of electronics retailers, and even in private homes. Yet they too contain printed circuit boards that contain precious gold that is worth extracting.

Older CB, Ham, and Shortwave Radios

Before the Internet age, hobbyists used them all to communicate with people in distant areas. Today, they have gone largely out of style. Yet they can still contain quantities of gold that can be reclaimed.

Two Ways to Collect Quantities of these Devices to Recycle

  • If you are a charity that is already conducting a collection campaign for used cellphones, ask people to contribute these items too.
  • If you would like to start a lucrative side business, run ads online or in local newspapers stating that you will buy the items described above.

Once you have a large quantity of any of this electronic scrap, give us a call at 800-426-2344 and we’ll be happy to explain how you can recover the gold that they contain.

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How to Get Big Dollars from Your Small Quantities of Gold Scrap

With gold now trading in the range of about $1,300 per troy ounce on the London Fix, you might be thinking that this would be a good time to hold onto your reserves of gold scrap and wait for prices to rise.

Photo of gold dollar signs that symbolizes how you can get big dollars from small quantities of gold scrap at Specialty Metals Smelters & Refiners.

You could do that, of course. But sending your gold-plated items and gold scrap to a qualified gold refinery could be a good strategy today too, depending on your company’s current financial needs, the quantity of gold you have on hand, and other variables. It’s a business decision for you to make, of course. But here is some information that could help you make that decision in a more informed way.

Certain Items of Gold Scrap Contain Larger Quantities of Gold than You Might Expect

These forms of gold scrap contain more than trace amounts of gold. If you have even a small quantity of them on hand, they could provide you with a good infusion of cash . . .

  • Dental scrap. This includes bridges, bridgework, crowns, bars, inlays, clasps, and even grindings, which are small quantities of gold dust that result when gold-containing dental appliances are cut.
  • Quantities of gold-filled eyeglass frames. If they were made more than 30 years ago – back in the days when eyeglass frames were supposed to be refitted with new lenses, not tossed – they could contain much more gold than newer thin-plated frames do.
  • Quantities of gold-plated decorative items. People have discovered significant quantities of valuable gold in gold-plated chandeliers, candelabras, doorknobs, automobile trim pieces, and even plumbing fixtures. If it glimmers like gold, it could be worth more than you suspect. It’s worth sending to us for analysis.
  • Gold-bearing microchips, printed circuit boards, and older electronic components. Older items, such as the big fat central processing units (CPUs) from older desktop computers can contain more recyclable gold than you expect – sometimes as much as $3.00 worth of gold for each CPU that you recycle. And even newer printed circuit board that are found in cellphones, laptops and tablet computers can contain quantities of gold with value that can really add up.

Want to Know More about Recycling Gold and Gold Scrap?

We are here to answer your questions with no pressure from us . . . and no obligation on your part. Why not call us at 800-426-2344 to learn more?

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The Stampede from Desktops to Laptops to Tablets Leaves Gold Behind

You will get a lot of results if you search for the phrase “Can a tablet replace my laptop?” on Google or Bing. The question has recently been tackled in The New York Times, in PC World, on CNET, and dozens of other places. If you read those articles, you will find that opinions vary. Some reviewers feel that the time is not yet right to discard laptops in favor of tablets. Others write about new laptop/tablet “convertible” hybrids from HP, Samsung, and other makers that are essentially tablets with keyboards that either detach or fold cleverly out of the way.

Image of woman choosing tablet over laptop, which symbolizes the computer shift that will result in more recycling of old laptops for the precious metals they contain.

Computers are always evolving, and similar questions have arisen in the past. Ten years ago, it was “Can a laptop really replace a desktop machine?” And we all know how that question got resolved. So who could believe that laptops are the pinnacle of computer development, never to be replaced by something newer?

When new kinds of computers gain widespread acceptance, older machines get tossed and recycled in large numbers. Just peek at the place where electronics are recycled in your town or city – perhaps in your town dump. On a recent visit to my town’s, I noticed that not only desktops, but also laptops and other types of escrap were starting to pile up. And if you’ve been reading this blog, you already know that laptops contain valuable quantities of gold and other precious metals that can be worth reclaiming from their circuit boards, connectors, IC chips and other parts, using a top precious metals recycler.

Opportunities to Profit from the Trend

Because used laptops contain only a few dollars’ worth of gold and other precious metals, it takes a large number of them to add up to much – plus, there is the challenge of dismantling them to extract the parts that contain gold like circuit boards and contacts, pins and meltables.

Yet the fact remains that a very large number of laptops are about to be discarded in the coming years. If you can start a program to collect them, the dollars could really add up. If you are one of the following organizations, this could be a good time to start collecting laptops for later recycling . . .

  • If you are an electronics retailer, consider ramping up your trade-in program.
  • If you are an electronics manufacturer or wholesaler, provide incentives for retailers to accept trade-ins and return them to you.
  • If you are a church, charity or school, consider conducting a drive to collect laptops that are no longer needed.
  • If you are a hospital or healthcare facility that is about to replace older laptops and equipment that embodies them, start your own in-house recycling program.

Don’t Let Recycling Dollars Slip through Your Fingers

As the old saying goes, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Since each old laptop contains many pennies’ worth of gold, why toss them away? Call us at 800-426-2344 to learn more about profitably recycling computer scrap.

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Do You Have Undiscovered Precious Metals in Your Organization? 11 Questions to Help You Decide

Are gold, platinum, palladium, silver, and other valuable metals “hiding” in your place of business? Whether you are a factory, a scrap yard, a hospital – or any other kind of organization – here are 11 questions that can help you know.

Image of businessperson searching for undiscovered precious metals that Specialty Metals can help refine profitably.
  1. Do you heat materials up or cool them down?
  2. Do you have older electronic equipment of any kind that you are about to discard?
  3. Do you use equipment that remotely monitors electrical activity?
  4. Do you remove pollutants from the air?
  5. Does your company engage in welding, brazing, or soldering?
  6. Do you apply platings of any kind to surfaces?
  7. Do you currently process photos or x-rays, or have you done so in the past?
  8. Do you have quantities of older metal-plated items of any kind, such as jewelry or silver-plated cutlery?
  9. Do you have a fleet of vehicles that you no longer use?
  10. Do you have quantities of older military surplus electronics, vehicles, armaments, or other gear
  11. Do you have quantities of appliances that you no longer need or are about to replace, such as stoves, air conditioners, water heaters, or furnaces?

Did You Answer Yes to Any of the Questions?

If you did, you should call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344 so we can help you recoup the value of the precious metals that you have on hand.

Question by question, here are some reasons why your Yes answers indicate that you could have precious metals . . .

  1. If you heat or cool materials during manufacturing processes, you have equipment that monitors that activity remotely. Those devices use thermocouples, which contain quantities of precious metals.
  2. Older electronic equipment contains printed circuit boards that contain quantities of gold and other precious metals.
  3. Equipment or devices that monitor electronic activity, such as IP catheters, can contain platinum, palladium, and other precious metals.
  4. If your operations remove pollutants from the air, especially after combustion, you could be using catalytic convers that contain precious metals.
  5. Used or unused quantities of welding, brazing, or soldering supplies contain silver and other precious metals.
  6. Any materials or equipment that are used in plating – from old sputtering targets to the sludge that accumulates at the bottom of plating tanks – contain quantities of gold, silver and other precious metals.
  7. New and used photographic films, papers, developing fluids and other supplies contain silver.
  8. Old jewelry and silver-plated items can contain valuable quantities of gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals.
  9. Older vehicles contain gold in printed circuit boards, palladium in catalytic converters, and other precious metals that you can recycle.
  10. Military surplus items of many kinds – especially electronic devices – contain printed circuit boards and other components that can contain gold and other precious metals.
  11. Appliances of many kinds contain thermocouple wires that contain platinum and other precious metals.

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As Gold Supplies Dwindle, Demand for Recyclable Gold Will Remain High

“The World Is Running Out of Gold,” a post that Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan wrote for Gizmodo, reports that most of the extractable gold that occurs in nature has already been mined.

Here’s what Campbell-Dollaghan reports . . .

Photo of a miner with a gold nugget used for everything from jewelry to dental scrap to circuit boards, which can all be recycled by Specialty Metals.
  • Mining companies are already digging deeper and deeper to find gold. Many of the places in the world where it lies close to the surface are found in arctic areas where mining is prohibitively difficult and costly.
  • Gold is getting scarcer. In one instance, a mining company had to blast away 100 metric tons of rock to extract one ounce of gold.
  • New finds are rarer. Back in 1995, 22 gold deposits were found that contained at least two million ounces of gold. There were only six such discoveries in 2010, and none in 2012.
  • The gold that’s in your cellphone might be the same gold that was in an ancient Roman or Greek coin. It might have gotten smelted into a bar a few hundred years ago, then used in jewelry, and finally used to make your iPhone or Android. Most of the gold that has ever been mined has been used over and over again.

Yet People Continue to Toss Gold Away

As we reporting in a recent post, as many as 89% of old smartphones are simply tossed by their owners, who don’t want to take the trouble to recycle them. Similarly, people toss old desktop computers, televisions, radios and other devices with printed circuit boards that contain small quantities of recyclable gold.

It doesn’t make much sense, does it? As gold supplies dwindle, people just toss it away.

If you have a quantity of old items that contain gold – from phones to jewelry to used gold sputtering targets – remember that they could be worth more than you think, even if they only contain small amounts of gold. Call us at 800-426-2344. With worldwide supplies of gold dwindling, the demand for this most fabled of precious metals is not about to go away soon.

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Why Big Dollars Can Be Found in Scrap Aerospace Parts

Why is a scrapped airplane worth a lot more than a scrapped automobile?

Chances are you answered that question with a smart reply like, “Well, isn’t an airplane a whole lot bigger than a car?”

Shown: Aerospace Scrap like this, which includes platinum, palladium, silver cadmium and gold, can be recycled profitably by Specialty Metals

Shown: Aerospace Scrap like this, which includes platinum, palladium, silver cadmium and gold, can be recycled profitably by Specialty Metals

If that was your answer, you’d be right. Or partially right, anyhow. Because you see, sheer size isn’t the only issue. Pound-for-pound, aerospace scrap is worth more than automotive scrap. And here are some of the reasons why . . .

Airplanes – Even Older Airplanes – Contain More Exotic Alloys and Compounds than Cars Do

For example, they contain silver cadmium in switches and relays, mercury and chromium in gauges, platinum in thermocouples, and a lot more precious metals that you will rarely find in scrapped cars.

Precious Metals are Extensively Used in Aircraft Engines

Platinum and palladium are used because they are stable, corrosion-resistant and durable. You’ll find them and other precious metals in fuel nozzles, heat exchangers, turbine vanes, and elsewhere. You won’t find those materials widely used in automotive engines, unless you’re looking at exotic racing cars. According to some estimates, a used modern jet engine that is being scrapped should contain more than $15,000 worth of precious metals.

Modern Airplanes Contain Many More Circuit Boards than Cars Do

A modern automobile contains gold-bearing printed circuit boards in the engine monitoring module, the GPS unit, the sound system, and a handful of other locations. In contrast, planes have gold-bearing printed circuit boards just about everywhere – in radios and communication devices, navigation systems, altimeters and other gauges and displays, computers, and dozens of other applications that don’t exist on cars. If you ever see an airplane cockpit being dismantled, you will be surprised by the number and size of electronic components that are found there.

How to Mine the Value from Aviation Scrap

It requires specialized knowledge and technology to identify and recycle precious metals like gold and platinum from aeronautical scrap. To learn how to reclaim the most dollars from aerospace scrap that you have on hand call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners today at 800-426-2344.

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Extracting Gold from Ceramic IC Chips

If you’ve ever disassembled a computer, you know what printed circuit boards look like. They’re usually green wafers that are embossed with patterns of metallic paths that connect various components that sit on their surfaces. At their edges, you’ve noticed rows of gold-plated “fingers” that serve as points of attachment. So with printed circuit boards, it’s pretty easy to see where the gold resides.

Photo of scrap electronic ceramics CPU chips sent to Specialty Metals to be refined and recycled for their gold, platinum, silver and palladium.

It’s not quite as easy to spot the value in the ceramic integrated circuit (IC) chips that are found in computers, especially in the form of large central processing units. You know them, because they are often inscribed with the name of a manufacturer like Intel or Fujitsu. But what are they exactly? Because the gold and circuitry are sealed up inside, all you can see are the pins or contact points on the outside that allow the chip to be snapped into a contact block on a larger printed circuit board.

Why Are Ceramics Used?

Integrated circuitry is encased in ceramic for several reasons. First, ceramic can protect delicate circuitry from damage caused by impacts, dust and oxidation, and contamination caused by oil deposited by fingerprints. Also, ceramic makes an ideal protective sheath for microchips and micro circuit boards because it doesn’t conduct electricity.

If Ceramic IC Chips Are So Strong, How Can they Be Recycled?

Gold is usually extracted from ceramic IC chips in two steps:

  1. The ceramic casing is mechanically removed from the outside of the chip. This often involves manual work to physically split the ceramic “shell” of the chip and expose the microchip within.
  2. The inner chip is immersed in chemical baths to separate the gold from surrounding plastics and other materials.

How Much Gold Is Contained in a Ceramic IC Chip?

We wish we could give you a definite answer to that question. Older IC chips generally contain a bit more gold than newer ones. But again, that is a generalization. If you have a quantity of ceramic IC chips that you are interested in recycling, give us a call at 800-426-2344. We’ll be happy to tell you whether it is worth refining your chips and set up a plan that can help you turn them into dollars.

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What Precious Metals Are Contained in Piles of Old Desktop Computers?

If you are a school system, a city recycling center or a hospital, chances are that you have quantities of old scrap desktop computers – maybe several dumpsters full of them – that you would like to recycle.

Shown: scrap computers with circuit boards containing gold, platinum and other precious metals that can be recycled by Specialty Metals.

What do they contain? We just found a terrific breakdown of the materials that old desktops contain – everything from iron to plastics to gold and other precious metals in the printed circuit boards and connectors. It was created by the now-defunct Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) back in 1996. That year, you will recall, was in the golden age of desktop use.

Composition of typical Desktop Computer weighing ~27 kg.

According to MCC, "the following table presents the composition of a desktop computer plus a CRT screen in 1996. More than 80% of the weight consists of silica (glass), plastics, iron and aluminium. Precious and scarce materials account for only a small percentage of the total weight. Nevertheless, the concentration of such metals, e.g. gold, is higher in a desktop computer than found in naturally occurring mineral ore." (Source: Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC). 1996. Electronics Industry Environmental Roadmap. Austin, TX: MCC)

Can You Recycle Valuable Silver from CDs, DVDs, and the Drives that Read and Burn Them?

Do your old CDs and DVDs contain silver that is worth refining? And what about CD-ROM drives and similar drives that you’ve pulled from older computers?

Let’s take a closer look at what those items could be worth.

Shown: gold-bearing scrap CD-ROM drives with gold fingers and printed circuits that can be recycled by Specialty Metals.

Shown: gold-bearing scrap CD-ROM drives with gold fingers and printed circuits that can be recycled by Specialty Metals.

CDs and DVDs

Are extremely valuable quantities of silver layered onto your old CDs or DVDs? Instead of making you wait until the end of today’s post for the answer to that question, we’ll answer it now. The answer is no. Even though CDs and DVDs can contain amounts of silver that has been applied with sputtering target technology, the amount of silver there is simply too small to be worth recycling. (If blank CDs and DVDs cost only a few pennies each, how could it be any other way?)

But there is a colorful history about hobbyists who have tried to remove the metallic surface of those discs, and who even invented a way to do to it. They discovered that if they applied a layer of duct tape to the surface of a CD or DVD and then ripped it away (ouch!), the metallic surface of the disc could be removed from the clear plastic disc underneath. After doing that, the hobbyists then discovered that the metals they had extracted were not worth much, despite their efforts.

CD-ROM, DVD and Other Drives

Now we’re discussing something that is worth more. If you’ve got a lot of old scrapped computers that contain disc drives of various kinds – DVD drives, CD-ROM drives, dual drives for floppies and CDs, or even plain old floppy drives - you could be looking at electronics scrap that is more valuable and worth recycling.

The value in those drives resides in the printed circuit boards that they contain, which hold small quantities of gold in the “fingers” at their edges where cables attach. Also, if you pull apart an older drive and find that it contains a large green circuit board with gold embossed on its surface, that could be worth something too.

The Bottom Line Is . . .

It is not worth extracting silver from CDs, DVDs, and other digital media. But if you have significant quantities of printed circuit boards of any kind, you could have something that will be worth sending to us for analysis and refining. Call 800-426-2344 to learn more.

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