5 Key Benefits of Recycling Cobalt

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Every day, we help environmentally-minded companies keep metals out of landfills so these materials can find new life in new production processes. Cobalt is one of these metals, which is great because as businesses continue to become more aware of the economic and environmental benefits associated with recycling cobalt and other metals, the critical role of supply from secondary sources becomes more evident.

That’s where Globe Metal comes in.

Cobalt is fundamental to so many industries, as it enables technological developments and contributes to a low C02 future. Using secondary source recycled metal over primary sources also helps your bottom line. And isn’t that the bottom line for so many businesses?

As the benefits of recycling Cobalt are becoming increasingly important for society and industries, let’s look at them in more detail.

1. Global Demand For Cobalt Merits A Strong Secondary Market

Cobalt is used in all kinds of industries, from the manufacturing of ceramics to the making of alloys for magnetic and stainless steels in the automotive and aeronautical industries.  And demand is growing. The electric vehicle sector, for one, needs cobalt for its batteries and chargers. With the demand for cobalt increasing, there are supply chain issues in these industries. Approximately 50% of world cobalt reserves are in The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With the concentration of cobalt sourced from this politically sensitive country, there is a growing concern that world supplies will not be met. Finding new sources of cobalt, particularly regarding secondary sources, will be a game-changer for most metal markets.

2. Cobalt Is Infinitely Recyclable

When non-ferrous metals like Cobalt go through the recycling process, their structural integrity does not degrade. It stays the same and, as a result, can be recycled an infinite number of times. Scrap metal is considered to be a “continuous resource,” as it can be re-melted and contribute to making new products over and over again. Consider cobalt to be a resource that can never run out.

3. Energy Efficiency Is Cobalt’s Calling

Even within just one barrel of scrap cobalt, a significant amount of energy can be conserved. Recycling cobalt saves energy that otherwise gets consumed when drilling for ore, refining and other processes in the manufacturing cycle.

4. The Economy Benefits When Cobalt Is Recycled

Studies across Europe, the U.S. and Canada all show the same results: the recycling industry generates jobs and enhances the economy.  The Canadian Association Of Recycling Industries (CARI) published an informal survey stating that the industry directly employs 34,000+ people, and 85,000+ people indirectly. Recycled materials reduce production costs and allow manufacturing companies to be more competitive. The metal recycling industry is a force for innovation, driving new technologies and products.

5. Sustainability and the Environment

By definition, metal recycling is sustainable to the economy and the environment. Recycled cobalt and other metals use significantly less energy, reduce greenhouse gases, maximize the use of natural resources, and diverts metal materials from landfills.

At Globe Metal, we recycle all forms of Cobalt. Give our expert staff a call, and find out how your business can benefit in sustainable and economical ways by recovering your metal waste.

Important Facts About Tungsten Carbide Soft Scrap Recycling

Tungsten is a crucial raw material of great economic significance globally. It’s one of the most durable metals and has a variety of uses throughout many industries. That is why this post is designed to provide you with essential facts about Tungsten Carbide Soft Scrap Recycling. We’ll highlight its sources and forms, provide facts about how it’s recyclable, and detail particular security recommendations to consider when recycling this metal.

Tungsten Carbide Sources & its Forms

The most recognized source of carbide soft scrap, also known as “grinding swarf,” comes from metalworking manufacturing industries. It’s a product derived from grinding, finishing, cutting, shaping and forming when using tungsten carbide tools such as saws, drills, cutting tools, end mills and in-tool parts such as drill bits. Manufacturing is not the only industry that produces tungsten carbide soft scrap. In fact, a variety of industries produce it, including woodworking and petroleum. Also, the mining industry produces tungsten carbide soft scrap, as it is used as a coating spray.

There are many forms of Tungsten Carbide sludge to be recycled. They are:

  • Scrap powder, which is the material used in the thermal spray process for hard facing.
  • Filter scrap.
    • Including scrap from carbide cartridge filters filled with wet or dry carbide or from metal or paper carbide filters.
  • Tungsten alloys include:
    • Densalloy-sludge
    • Heviment-sludge and grindings
    • Mallory allow-sludge, grinding.

Understanding The Composition of Your Recyclable Tungsten Carbide Is Key

Now that we’ve listed the different sources and forms of Tungsten Carbide and its untapped waste stream, you can see how a lot of these soft scrap materials are recyclable. We can also agree that most manufacturers have a good knowledge of materials going into their processes and the waste stream coming out. Most industries have access to a safety data sheet (SDS), which is a catalogue where you can the find complete information on the chemical composition of all materials.

It’s best that you have some reasonable idea of what other materials are in your sludge, grinding or powder materials. If you have no idea of the composition, Globe Metal is fully transparent with its ICP testing and can give you full lab results. We’re specific with every load of soft metal material that we receive. As for moisture content, there is no issue for recycling, as Tungsten Carbide can is recyclable whether it is wet or dry.

Special Security Recommendations

Many manufacturing industries can naturally produce dust in large quantities. With health and safety standards in place in the province of Quebec and Canada, there are control measures to regulate the amount of dust that goes into the atmosphere, and there are provisions for respiratory protection. These same safety standards need to be in place when collecting your soft metal materials for recycling as well. From a health and safety standpoint, it’s always best to proceed with caution. Soft metal dust is an irritant and can be harmful to your lungs.

Store your sludge, grindings, and turnings in a secure area, as Tungsten Carbide is a high-value commodity. We’ve heard many stories from companies we work with that find this material missing. Once again erring on the side of security is best.

Conclusion

It takes time to gather the right information. If you need any more guidance, feel free to reach out with your questions. Globe Metal specializes in helping companies recycle soft metal materials.

Globe Metal purchases and provides metal recycling and reclamation services for spent catalysts, metal scrap, residues, sludges and slurries. Spent catalysts, residues and sludges may contain one or more metals or metal compounds: cobalt (Co), copper (Cu), chromium (Cr), gallium (Ga), gold (Au), iridium (Ir), molybdenum (Mo), nickel (Ni), niobium (Nb), palladium (Pd), platinum (Pt), selenium (Se), tellurium (Te), Titanium (Ti), tungsten (W), rhenium (Re), rhodium (Rh) and others.

For recycling solutions or to sell your spent, waste, scrap, residual, or off-spec material containing metals or metal compounds, please send us an email at sales@globemetal.com or reach out to us at 1-800-700-6382.

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