Catalytic Converters

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Catalytic Converters

Catalytic converters use catalysts to convert some of the dangerous gases produced by your car’s exhaust into benign substances.

Rare precious metals such as platinum and palladium are brushed onto a honeycomb-shaped matrix inside the catalytic converter.

As the vehicle’s exhaust flows by, the metals convert gases like carbon monoxide and smog-producing hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide and water.

A catalytic converter contain several types of metals, including:

  • copper
  • nickel
  • cerium
  • iron
  • manganese

They also contain a small amount of rhodium. Rhodium, along with platinum and palladium, are very rare precious metals that are used in other industries. These materials are in high demand, and make up the most valuable components.

How To Scrap Catalytic Converters

The best way to recycle a catalytic converter is by bringing the entire intact unit to our facility. It may be tempting to remove the precious metals, but this is not advisable. Extracting these metals is complicated and can be dangerous. Even if you were able to remove the platinum, palladium, rhodium and other metals, the amount would be so small it would hardly be worth selling them. Leave the recycling to the experts.

Current Prices for Catalytic Converters

Ed Arnold strives to offer the best scrap metal pricing across the Buffalo and Western New York area. Before you visit, contact us for our current prices.

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