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The Importance of Platinum Group Metals Recycling

Global demand for platinum group metals has risen sharply over the past several years, with commercial requirements often outstripping available supplies of newly-mined material and other above ground stocks. With the growth in consumption anticipated to continue for the foreseeable future, the importance of PGM recycling as a necessary supplement to underground sources is underscored. Resource conservation must be a primary concern to assure that PGM supplies are available for all current and future applications.

The most widespread recycling of PGMs takes place in the autocatalyst sector. It has been estimated that some three-fourths of the secondary PGM supply is derived from a well-established network of dismantlers, scrap yards and manufacturers who offer salvage converter and catalyst to A-1.  In the North American market, for example, where the use of catalysts has been mandated for more than 30 years, recovered metal now accounts for more than half of the platinum required for the manufacture of new catalytic converters for the U.S. market.

 

 



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The Importance of Platinum Group Metals Recycling

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Recycling should be an integral part of the lifecycle of all materials, and because platinum group metals (PGMs) have a high value and are resistant to chemical attack, a significant proportion of them are in fact recycled, thereby conserving this precious resource.