A catalytic converter is a device that is used in the automobile to control the emission. This device works towards converting the toxic exhaust gases of the engine into less dangerous form. The catalytic converter can be found in all kinds of vehicles as well as industrial applications to control the emission of gases. It works on the principle of catalyzing redox reaction. With time a layer of chemicals like sulfur, manganese, silicon and lead gets deposited in the inner layer forming a coating on the working surface of the device. This causes the inner working surface unable to get in contact with the toxic gases and so becomes useless in converting the gases. Such devices are of no use and hence have to be recycled at catalytic converter refinery or recycling plant.
Benefits of recycling catalytic converter
- One of the major benefits of recycling at catalytic converter refinery is that it helps the environment. Many precious metals including platinum, rhodium and palladium are present in the catalytic converter. These metals can be extracted when the devices are sent to some recycling plant. These metals are present in trace amount in the environment. So when you are finding the metal in the original form after recycling, the need for mining for them are reduced to a great amount.
- Along with the platinum, rhodium and palladium, the catalytic converter also has recyclable metals like nickel, copper, manganese, iron and cerium. All these metals have quite a good value in the market.
- When a catalytic converter fails to work, it becomes useless. The non-working catalytic converter has a good value and when sold to right people can fetch you good sum of money. Recycling firm who have catalytic converter refineries can give you a good sum of money for an old catalytic converter.
- Opening the catalytic converter can lead to emission of hazardous gases. Giving it for recycling can prevent this from happening.