How to Select an Ethical Precious Metal Refinery?
If you are using precious metal bearing catalyst in your products as well as processes for speeding and/or facilitating chemical reactions or for the end of pipe pollution abatement applications, you must be aware of the growing values of platinum, ruthenium, palladium and rhodium and the catalyst they contain.
Normally, platinum bearing catalysts are utilized to refine crude oil and even in producing aromatic compounds. Precious metal bearing catalysts are used as well in different hydrocarbon processing applications. However, the catalysts are not designed to last for a lifetime as they are deactivating overtime as a result of its harsh processing environment that contaminates them with sulfur, volatile organics, carbon, moisture or any other substances. These actually reduce efficacy up until the time that it should be replaced.
However you must know that the precious metals content stay intact and this is the same reason why it must be recovered and refined. Consequently due to its high values and demand/supply price fluctuations every month or year, users smartly see precious metals purchasing, leasing as well as recovery management programs with emphasis on returns and costs.
With this information in hand, choosing and working with a reliable, reputable and established precious metal supplier and refiner becomes more important for a number of reasons:
Number 1. You have to assure maximum returns of the remaining precious metals from your product or process.
Number 2. The speed or turnaround time to which the precious metal bearing materials are being processed would affect the cost.
Number 3. Precious metal refiner must follow strict environmental code compliance along with the atmosphere emissions and effluent disposal/discharge at all levels and also, at all time. Consequently, your relationship with the refiner must be considering all the possible legal implications that are associated with the violation of environmental laws which include those that are transporting hazardous materials.
Precious metal refiner must be using advanced pollution control equipment like this scrubber/baghouse system in order to prevent discharge of the toxic emissions as well as the annoying odors. To make it simpler, your organization and the refiner must be able to establish a level of partnership focused on circumstances that’s out of your control. Selecting your refining partner in reclaiming platinum, ruthenium, palladium and rhodium must be done diligently especially with regards to the standards of refiner leading to high performance levels and environmentally responsible results at the same time. And much like what is discussed earlier, one of the very important steps in PGM recovery/refining process is centered more on the removal of contaminants from the spent catalyst materials.