We have noticed that it is relatively difficult to find scrap gold in dentists’ offices that are closing, probably because those dentists are savvy enough to capture and sell gold items, not sell them at bargain prices. Silver, however, is another matter. Where can you find silver to buy, and then recycle using a qualified precious metals recycler like Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners?Read More
If your liquid chemicals contain gold, silver, platinum or other precious metals, how can they be separated (precipitated) out of their solutions and tuned into solid metallic form again? Several different processes can be used to precipitate previous metals from liquids...Read More
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 . . .
- Anode slimes, including those that are by-products of copper refining and smelting
- Electrolytic silver flake, found in silver recovery columns, residues left over from film processing, and other sources
- Photographic and x-ray films of all kinds
- Silver alloys that are found in silver inks, silver tungsten contacts and elsewhere
- Silver cadmium compounds that are found in silver contacts, silver brazing wire, and elsewhere
- Silver plated scrap items like tableware and cutlery
- Silver salts that are used in many photographic processes
- Used silver sputtering targets that have finished their useful lives on your production lines
- Electrical components, including industrial fuses. (See the video above.)
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.
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 . . .
- Tank and other silver plating operations
- Electronic device manufacturing
- Film processing, photo processing, and lithography
- Magazine and newspaper production
- Solar panel manufacturing
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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