3 Benefits to Recycling Catalytic Converters

The catalytic converter is an essential part of your car’s exhaust system. It helps convert dangerous gases like carbon monoxide produced by your vehicle and turn them into less harmful substances.

When it’s time to replace your catalytic converter, consider recycling it with a company that deals in catalytic converter scrap instead of throwing it out.

Here are three benefits to recycling catalytic converters.

  1. Money in Your Pocket

Catalytic converters can be worth a pretty penny since they are made of precious metals such as platinum, rhodium, and palladium. Palladium alone is more valuable than gold or platinum.

Scrap companies will pay anywhere from $50 to $800 for used catalytic converters. The price depends on the make and model of the car the converter came from. For example, the converters in hybrid Toyota and Honda vehicles are worth much more than other cars. There are many stories of people who’ve left their car somewhere overnight and found that the catalytic converter was stolen right off the vehicle.

Converters in hybrid vehicles are more valuable because they have a denser load of precious metals. This is required because the vehicle switches between two different power sources – gas and electric. Some hybrid vehicles even have two converters.

  1. It’s Better For The Environment

Extracting precious metals like platinum from the earth can have adverse effects on the environment. It also involves a complicated process to turn platinum into the precious metal used in a catalytic converter. It’s easier and more beneficial for the environment to get platinum from existing parts rather than mining for new materials.

  1. It Reduces Landfill

A converter thrown in the trash will most likely end up in a landfill where it will sit for years to come since metals don’t naturally deteriorate.

By recycling the converters, the precious metals can be used for more than just building another catalytic converter. The materials is also used for jewelry, electronics and other industrial uses.