Is Precious Metal Recycling the same as Precious Metal Recovery?

Precious Metral Recovery vs Precious Metal Recycling

When we are talking about internet searches then yes, the two terms Precious Metal Recovery and Precious Metal Recycling are probably fully interchangeable. At least that is what we find when we speak with potential clients that have found us through the internet.

In common usage, both terms refer to the separation of precious metals from other materials so that the metal can be retrieved for re-use.

Strictly speaking though, the two terms are different.

Recovery of precious metal is the actual chemical, mechanical or thermal process of extracting precious metal from by-products, wastes, etc..

Precious metal recycling is the overarching term that covers any re-use of a precious metal.

Please have a look at our article on Precious Metal Recovery where we discuss the numerous methods and techniques used to recover and recycle precious metals.

For over 30 years here at RSBruce, we have been recovering and recycling precious metals especially platinum groups metals otherwise known as PGMs. We work with a wide range of clients across a broad scale. To date, we have recovered over 40 tonnes of PGMs for our very happy customers. Yes, that’s correct; over 40 tonnes, that is over £1.5bn in recovered value.

If you would like to speak with us about any of your precious metal recycling or recovery requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us, we love to help our clients recover more metal.


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