Don’t Let Precious Silver and Gold Go Down the Drain

If you are in the process of dismantling or selling a manufacturing company, you owe it to yourself and to your bottom line to be sure that you are not overlooking silver and gold that are literally hiding “down the drain” in pipes and other places that you can’t see.

As this photo shows, precious metals can get washed down the drain in many manufacturing processes. They can be reclaimed with the help of a leading gold and silver refinery like Specialty Metals.

Here is some information you should know that could put money in your pocket.

Where can gold and silver be hiding?

It is not uncommon to find them . . .

  • Adhering to the sides of plating and processing tanks
  • Lining the pipes that connect tanks and other pieces of equipment
  • Hiding in screens, filters, mesh, drains and drain traps
  • Clumping in sludge
  • Piling up in quantities of shavings or dust

In those places, gold can often be detected by the naked eye – it does not tarnish and is often easy to spot. Silver, however, may look like a dull black powder. It takes a qualified silver refinery like us to test a sample of what you have to determine its true value.

What manufacturing companies are good places to look for gold?

Some businesses come to mind quickly, others are less obvious . . .

What manufacturing companies are good places to look for silver?

You can find quantities of silver in . . .

  • Plating companies
  • Manufacturers of trophies and commemorative items
  • Photo processing companies and x-ray and imaging laboratories (silver is found down the drain under processing tanks, in processing chemicals, in film, and in photosensitive papers)
  • Manufacturers, dismantlers, and installers of solar panels

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We are here to answer all your questions about gold and silver. Call us at 800-426-2344 for a complimentary consultation.

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It’s Time to Reclaim Silver that’s Hiding in Old Darkrooms and Film Processing Facilities

If you’re a serious amateur photographer wit old darkroom supplies that you’re not using any more? Or have you come into possession of the contents of a facility that processed photographs or x-rays? Maybe you work in a dental office, a chiropractic office or a hospital x-ray department. If so, today’s post is for you. And it’s a post that could put some needed dollars in your wallet at the time of year when a little extra cash could come in very handy for holiday shopping.

There Is Silver in Old Film-Processing Supplies

The fact is film photography and film processing are processes that rely almost entirely on silver. Silver can be found in the following places – and you can reclaim it easily, thanks to the advanced recycling processes that we employ here at Precious Metals Smelters and Refiners...

Can you spot the silver in this photo of a photographer processing film and making prints? It’s everywhere: in the paper, the chemicals, and the film, and Specialty Metals can help you recycle it all profitably.

Can you spot the silver in this photo of a photographer processing film and making prints? It’s everywhere: in the paper, the chemicals, and the film, and Specialty Metals can help you recycle it all profitably.

  • Photographic and x-ray films - They all contain silver. If you have unexposed film, we can extract the silver from it using relatively simple procedures. The processes that were used in years past - like burning the film and processing the ash - were relatively crude and environmentally harmful. Today, we reclaim silver from photographic and x-ray films using approved chemical processes that extract silver. The larger the quantity of film that you have, the more silver and value they have.
  • Processing papers – They contain silver too, although in smaller quantities than are found in film. But a large quantity of paper could contain silver that is well worth extracting.
  • Processing chemicals – Developing and fixative solutions contain silver too. If you have never seen silver being extracted from these solutions, it is pretty amazing to see. After we add the right chemicals to them, the silver that they contain drops out of the solution – literally precipitates – and it can be easily separated, weighed, and evaluated.
  • Tanks and tools – If you are recycling the contents of a home darkroom that was used frequently, or if you are dismantling an old laboratory that processed large quantities of x-ray or photographic film, the used tanks, pipes, filters and other equipment that were used in them probably contain quantities of silver and electrolytic silver flake that we can extract for you. Even the sludge that has built up in pipes can be recycled. Remember that simply tossing old equipment can result in the loss of valuable quantities of silver – plus, doing so can be environmentally irresponsible too.

Call 800-426-2344 to Learn More

Our experts will be happy to answer your questions and promptly pay you the highest dollar value for quantities of silver that can be found in the supplies that are described in today’s post. Why not give us a call today?

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Unexpected Places where Precious Metals Can Be Hiding

Sometimes it is easy to see precious metals when you come across them. You see some bright, shiny gold dust in the sand at the bottom of a stream for example, or open a dresser drawer and find your late aunt’s silver dinnerware there. Or maybe you open a box in an old jewelry factory and it is full of shiny silver wires that were once used to manufacture rings and chains.

But many precious metals are not so visible to the naked eye. Some of them seem to be “hiding in plain sight,” or just plain hiding.

Shown: Used silver recovery columns sent to Specialty Metals for the profitable extraction and recycling of the electrolytic silver flake residue they still contain.

Shown: Used silver recovery columns sent to Specialty Metals for the profitable extraction and recycling of the electrolytic silver flake residue they still contain.

Here is a checklist of some of the hard-to-see and hard-to-remember locations where precious metals can be hiding . . .

Inside Pipes

Pipes that are used to move electrolytic fluids to or from plating tanks can have valuable deposits of precious metals inside, where you can’t see them. Depending on what those plating tanks have been used for – for gold plating, for example – those deposits can be well worth recycling.

In Worthless-Looking Used Industrial Mesh

When mesh made of palladium and other precious metals has outlived its life on the production line, it looks worthless – like discolored powder. But the fact is that even worthless-looking quantities of used mesh often contain quantities of precious metals that are valuable.

In Chemicals

If you looked at chemicals that are used in photo processing, for example, you would never know that they contain quantities of silver that can be profitably recycled. You can’t see the silver, but it is certainly there.

In Industrial Waste and Sludge

Shown: mining concentrates that could contain  silver, gold, platinum and other precious metals which could be extracted, processed and recycled by Specialty Metals.

Shown: mining concentrates that could contain  silver, gold, platinum and other precious metals which could be extracted, processed and recycled by Specialty Metals.

How could something with an unglamorous name like “sludge” be worth much of anything? But it can, if it has accumulated as a result of gold or silver-plating operations. If you send in a small sample of sludge to Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners, we can quickly tell you whether it contains gold, silver, or another precious metal that can be recycled.

In Unprocessed Deposits of Mine Ore and Sand

If you have visited an old gold, silver, copper or coal mine that is no longer in use, chances are that you have seen quantities of unprocessed mine waste. If it’s lying there unprocessed it must be worthless, right? Well not necessarily. Take copper mining. Anode slimes that result from copper mining often contains small amounts of gold, silver, platinum or other metals that can be recycled, even if those metals were not the primary product that the mine was extracting from the earth.

We’re Experts at the Unexpected

After 32 years of turning scrap into gold, we’ve seen it all from our customers across a wide variety of industries and manufacturing sectors. Send us a sample and let us tell you’ve got profitable precious metals hiding where you least expect it. Click here to start the process.

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Don’t Overlook the Value of the Silver-Bearing Items You Own

Gold is currently trading for over $1,300 per troy ounce, platinum for over $1,500, and rhodium for over $1,100.

Silver, in contrast, is trading at about $21.

In light of those statistics, it’s tempting to think that you’re likely to get a lot more money by recycling gold, platinum and rhodium than you will ever get from recycling silver. But that kind of thinking is a mistake, because silver is contained in a surprising number of items that you could have on hand.

All you need is a top silver refinery to extract a lot of value from items like these . . .

Wise Recyclers Don’t Overlook Silver

If you have quantities of those items, please remember that they could be worth much more money than you expect – even though they are made of silver, not gold, platinum, rhodium, or another more glamorous precious metal.

Please give us a call at 800-426-2344 to learn more.

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How To Recycle Your Old Silver Recovery Columns

If you’re already using silver recovery columns in your production processes, you know what they are and what they do – they extract the silver from liquids and return it to you as a metal that you can sell or recycle.

You might not know, however, that silver recovery columns are used in a lot of industries, including . . .

Photo of used silver recovery columns sent to Specialty Metals for the profitable extraction and recycling of the electrolytic silver flake residue they still contain.

Photo of used silver recovery columns sent to Specialty Metals for the profitable extraction and recycling of the electrolytic silver flake residue they still contain.

Recycling the Recycler

Even if you are in an industry that uses silver recovery columns, here’s an interesting fact. When they have outlived their effective life in your operations, the recycling columns themselves can be recycled. In effect, you’ll be recycling your recycling device. You will be pleased to know that these devices themselves, once they have outlived their life as recycling devices, still contain valuable quantities of electrolytic silver flake.

We know this is the case because here at Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners, we recycle hundreds, if not thousands, of recovery columns every year. As America's best silver refiners, we have the knowledge, skills, and technology in place to extract every valuable ounce of silver from your used units. Call us at 800-426-2344 to learn more.

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