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How To Recycle Your Computer Scrap

We make it fast and easy to recycle your company’s computer scrap – in fact, you’ll be paid upon completion of processing, usually within 25 to 35 business days from the day we receive your computer scrap. Even though we customize every transaction to meet the specific needs of your company, here are our standard terms for refining computer scrap:

Processing Time:  Typically completed within 25 to 35 business days from date of receipt.
Payment Schedule:  You will be paid immediately upon completion.
Form of Payment:  Company check, bank wire transfer or the return of bullion.
Metal Pricing:  We price your metals using the New York and London markets.
Pool Account:  If you prefer to leave your metals unpriced, you may open a pool account at no additional cost.

What Kind of Computer Scrap Can I Recycle?

You can send us the following scrap material from computers to be refined and recycled, including but not limited to:

  • Motherboards
  • Circuit boards
  • Mainframe boards
  • Backplanes (pin boards)
  • Daughter cards
  • Memory/RAM
  • CPU chips
  • IC chips
  • Capacitors
  • Rectifiers
  • E-waste
  • Computer fingers
  • Gold pins
  • Gold connectors
  • Military circuit boards
  • Military electronic scrap
  • Military gold scrap
  • Aviation circuit boards
  • Aviation gold scrap


  • We do not accept whole computers, monitors, power supplies or hard drives or other whole components.
  • Boards must be free of all batteries, cadmium/mercury/beryllium switches, and as much excess metal as possible (aluminum, copper heat sinks, etc.).

See the other forms of electronics Specialty Metals accepts here.

Image of assorted computer scrap shipped to Specialty Metals by a customer to be recycled for the gold, silver, platinum, and palladium they contain.

Refining Rates and Fees for Computer Scrap

Minimum Lot Size:
5,000 pounds
(smaller quantities of higher grade material are accepted)

Payable Metals:
Gold: 98%
Silver: 98%
Platinum: 97%
Palladium: 97%

Processing Fee:

Treatment Fee:
5,000 to 9,999 pounds: $1.35 per pound, net weight received

10,000 to 25,000 pounds: $0.85 per pound, net weight received

25,001 to 40,000 pounds: $0.60 per pound, net weight received

Custom quotes available for smaller and larger quantities depending on material quality.