Catalytic Converter Recycling: Your Top 5 Questions Answered!

1. Why Should we Recycle Catalytic Converters?
A catalytic converter is an essential component installed in a vehicle’s exhaust system designed to reduce harmful emissions from the inner workings of your vehicle. Each catalytic converter contains precious metals that can be recycled and reused, like platinum, palladium, and rhodium. Recycling catalytic converters is vital because it helps to reduce demand for new precious metals, conserve our natural resources, and reduce the environmental impact of mining, plus it can even get you paid!

2. How are Catalytic Converters Recycled?
After the de-canning process, in which the monolith is extracted from the metal casing, the precious metal-coated monolith is then crushed, making it easier to separate the precious metals from the ceramic substrate. The metals are then extracted using chemical processes or smelting. The resulting metal concentrates are then refined and sold to manufacturers, who use them to make new catalytic converters. These concentrates are also widely applied to various essential industries such as medical, aerospace, and tech products.

3. Is Recycling Catalytic Converters Legal?
Yes, recycling legally obtained catalytic converters is completely legal. Catalytic converter recycling businesses, however, must follow stringent local regulations and obtain the necessary permits and licenses. It is also worth noting that catalytic converters are not intended to be reused in their original form because they can become clogged and damaged over time due to high temperatures and chemical reactions. If you have an old converter, the best option is to sell it and use the proceeds to buy a new one for your vehicle. In some cases, purchasing an aftermarket converter after selling your OEM converter can even leave you with a small profit.

4. How Much Will You Get Paid to Recycle Catalytic Converters?
Ultimately the value of a catalytic converter is determined by the loading and quality of precious metals located within it, as well as current metals market prices. The value of most vehicles’ catalytic converters varies greatly depending on factors such as converter type and condition. Because of the increased precious metal loadings, hybrid converters, for example, are far more valuable. Converters that have become eroded and damaged because of weather or road conditions may be worth far less. Before selling your converters, it is best to get a quote from a reputable recycling company. To make finding the value of your catalytic converter easier, we invested heavily in a comprehensive Noble6® Catalytic Converter Price Guide. Be sure to check it out!

5. How Does Recycling Catalytic Converters Benefit the Environment?
Catalytic converter recycling reduces demand for net new precious metals, conserves natural resources, and lessens the need for mining and extraction. Recycling in general also helps to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

Noble6 is here to assist you if you are a registered business looking to sell your scrap catalytic converters. Call us today to find out why Noble6 is the best option for catalytic converter recycling.

Edmund Schwenk – Metallurgist/CEO
noble6   (619) 427-8540

For over 40 years Edmund has been engaged in the processing, refining and manufacturing of precious metals. Early in his career he received training in a laboratory setting as an assayer of ore and dore’ bars produced from mines and manufacturing jewelers. This, coupled within plant manufacturing process experiences, led to advancement as Senior Vice President in charge of precious metals refinery operations with Pure Metals Corporation. Activities included fabricating high purity precious metals products (gold, silver palladium, iridium) and sputtering targets for multiple defense contractors (Brunswick Defense, Northrup Grumen, Martin Marrieta, Sandia National Laboratories New Mexico). Ed’s unique experience in precious metals processing technologies has benefitted PGM Recovery Systems, Inc./noble6 through the development of two disruptor technologies for use in the auto catalyst recycling sector. On October 19, 2019, he was awarded a U.S. Patent for the recycling of PGM’s bound to metallic substrates. This technology is now used in noble6’s operations for recovering precious metals that would otherwise have been discarded. Recently and after three years of development, he was also responsible for guiding the company to successfully design, build and operate a high-speed robotic process line for the recovery of precious metals from automotive spark plugs. On January 10th, 2023, he was awarded a U.S. Patent for the process. Ed continues to play an active role in the precious metals industry by providing information and transparency through his company noble6 and their podcast.