Platinum Group Metal Waste

London Chemicals & Resources Limited (LCR) is proud to represent RS Bruce in relation to the recovery of Platinum Group Metal Waste (PGMs) from Nitric Acid plants.

PGM waste is commonly found in various industries, including automotive, electronics, and chemical manufacturing. This waste contains valuable metals such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium, which have several applications.

Common Uses of PGM Waste

  1. Catalytic Converters: PGMs are used in catalytic converters to reduce harmful emissions from vehicles. This helps in reducing pollution levels and improving air quality.
  2. Electronics: PGMs are used in electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, and computers. They are used in the production of hard disk drives, LCD screens, and other components.
  3. Chemical Manufacturing: PGMs are widely used in the chemical industry as catalysts for various chemical reactions.

Disposal of PGM Waste

The improper disposal of PGM waste can harm the environment and pose a health risk to humans and animals. Therefore, it is essential to dispose of PGM waste in an environmentally-friendly manner.

One of the most effective ways to dispose of PGM waste is through recycling. Recycling PGM waste is a cost-effective and sustainable solution that benefits everyone and contributes to the circular economy.

We specialise in the recovery and recycling of PGM waste using environmentally-friendly processes that extract the metals without harming the environment. Our team uses state-of-the-art technology to extract the precious metals from the waste and convert them into usable materials.

By recycling PGM waste, we not only help in reducing the environmental impact but also conserve natural resources and reduce the carbon footprint.

RS Bruce is the world’s leading specialist in recovering PGMs from Nitric Acid and other chemical plants. With over 35 years of experience and more than 700 successful clean downs completed, RS Bruce has to date recovered over USD2 bn worth of Palladium, Platinum and Rhodium from clients’ plants.

RS Bruce offers both non-destructive and destructive clean downs of Nitric Acid plants. Non-destructive clean downs of operational plants use mild chemicals and non-aggressive techniques, specially developed by RS Bruce and extensively tested to ensure safe yet optimal recovery of lost PGMs. Non-destructive clean downs usually take place during scheduled maintenance shutdowns in order to avoid disruption to clients’ production schedules. Clients benefit from an RS Bruce clean down not only by recovering lost PGMs but also through improved heat exchange efficiency.

Destructive cleaning of decommissioned plant components is also offered. This can recover 100% of PGMs retained within those components.

RS Bruce uses a wide range of technologies and equipment to recover metals including Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium, Iridium, Ruthenium, Gold, Silver, Molybdenum, Cobalt, Titanium, Nickel and Copper from a variety of industrial residues such as Process Residues, Sludges, Filter Cakes, Filter Media, Activated Carbon, Diatomaceous Earth & Ion Exchange Resins, Filter Cartridges and Papers, Cathode Plates, Gauzes, PGM Coated Mesh, Shot Blast Wastes and Overspray from PGM Coating, Turbine Blades and Vanes, PPE & Workwear, Lab Smalls, Samples, Filter Papers, Filter Media, Plant and Equipment, Sweepings and Residues from Process Labs, Buildings, Concrete Floors, Wall Coverings and Roof Spaces, Furnace Slag, Refinery Slag, Flue Dust and Sweepings, Dentistry and Medical Wastes, Jewellery Scrap, Floor Sweeps, Electronic Equipment and Specialist Components and Connectors, Raschig rings and Support Structures from Nitric Acid Plants.

Please contact LCR to discuss how we can help you to recover your lost PGMs.

London Chemicals & Resources Limited (LCR) is proud to announce its partnership with AGR S.A. in a new spent catalyst processing facility AGR Catalyst Recovery (AGR-CR). This new facility already has licenses and permits in place and is located in Logrezana, between Aviles and Gijón in the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain, the administrative and commercial centre for the region.

Building and construction work commenced in 2018 and the company was officially launched in 2020. We utilise the latest technology for processing spent catalysts, originating mainly from the European oil and gas industry, which are finally recycled to produce chemicals and ferro-alloys and returned to industry.

London Chemicals & Resources Ltd are proud that AGR-CR will create many new jobs for the local community over the coming years.

At full capacity, the facility will be roasting many thousands of tonnes per year of spent catalyst arising from catalytic processes such as hydrodesulfurization (HDS), hydrodemetallization (HDM) and hydrocracking (HC). These spent catalysts include VMoNi, NiMo, CoMo and NiW.

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