Recycle your Catalytic Converter at R.S. Davis Recycling!

Jun 5, 2014

Throughout the years the auto industry has been finding new ways to comply with emissions regulations and clean-air laws. The most noticeable change came in 1975 with the introduction of the catalytic converter. For such an amazingly simple device it has an incredible impact. The job of the catalytic converter is to convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they ever leave the car's­ exhaust system and float into the air.

Though catalytic converters are meant to last roughly 100,000 miles, there are instances where it might need to be replaced.  Bottoming out in your car could damage the housing that holds the catalytic converter rendering it useless.  An engine that burns excessive oil could wear it out over time and certain fuel additives counteract and prematurely age the converter. Also due to the precious metals they contain, catalytic converters have increasingly become targets for thieves.

So why is it important to recycle your catalytic converter? One of the main reasons is because they contain Platinum, a rare precious metal. In contrast to gold and silver, there are no aboveground stockpiles of platinum to safeguard against significant supply disruptions. With more than 90% of all platinum supplies coming from Russia or South Africa any changes internationally, political or otherwise could greatly affect supply. The demand for platinum is also soaring due to its many uses in high technology applications. It is virtually non-corrodible, highly conductive, and is a powerful catalyzing agent. All of these factors make it even more important that old catalytic converters are recycled properly to be used again.

That’s where we come in! R.S. Davis Recycling purchases catalytic converters for recycling at our Clackamas, Gresham, and Hermiston locations. We provide prompt payment, accurate grading, and very competitive pricing on your catalytic converter. If you have a small quantity of Catalytic Converters or Battery Scrap, please bring them by one of our Oregon facilities or call 503-655-5433 for more details.  

If you have larger quantities and are a commercial seller in the Pacific Northwest, we will buy your Catalytic Converts and all forms of battery scrap. Call our Catalytic and Battery Program Manager, David Fitts at 503-508-5908 to find out more.