Every car on the road is required by law to have a catalytic converter as part of the exhaust system. Catalytic converters convert harmful gases by using the heat of the exhaust to initiate the chemical process to change the toxic gasses to water and air. The exotic metals platinum, rhodium, and palladium are the catalyst for the chemical process to occur.
As with any mechanical device, catalytic converters break and need to be replaced. Fortunately, the scrap converter has value and can be sold for recycling. The precious metal contained in a converter are significant enough to justify recycling. However, the process of recovering the precious metals from the converters hard and time-consuming. Only experienced technicians have the skill and expertise to remove the precious metals.
The benefit of recycling catalytic converters is reducing the environmental impact needed to mine new metals and lessens the volume of these precious metals that must be mined to meet demand. Increasing the amount of recycled platinum, rhodium, and palladium is an example of how precious metals can be reused. Catalytic converters contain 3 to 7 grams of platinum alone which makes recycling a profitable venture.
Since 1975, catalytic converters were required on automobiles in the United States in compliance with the EPA regulations for auto exhaust. Since that time, recycling catalytic converters have been an important contributing factor helping to improve the environment. For more information for catalytic converter recycling, visit Converter Guy.