Platinum recycling in the United States in 1998

Circular 1196- B



In the United States, catalytic converters are the major source of secondary platinum for recycling. Other sources of platinum scrap include reforming and chemical process catalysts. The glass industry is a small but significant source of platinum scrap. In North America, it has been estimated that in 1998 more than 20,000 kilograms per year of platinum-group metals from automobile catalysts were available for recycling. In 1998, an estimated 7,690 kilograms of platinum were recycled in the United States. U.S. recycling efficiency was calculated to have been 76 percent in 1998; the recycling rate was estimated at 16 percent.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Platinum recycling in the United States in 1998
Series title Circular
Series number 1196
Chapter B
DOI 10.3133/cir1196B
Edition -
Year Published 2001
Language ENGLISH
Description p. B1-B9
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title Flow studies for recycling metal commodities in the United States
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