How to recycle tungsten carbide

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Tungsten carbide -- made from carbon and tungsten -- is easy to recycle, and very much in demand around the world. Even with demand high, though, only about 35 to 40 per cent of it is being recycled, according to the International Tungsten Industry Association. If you have any amount of tungsten carbide -- whether it be from cutting tools, other industrial uses, or even jewellery, you should have no problem getting rid of it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Find a scrap metal collection centre near you. A great place to start is with your city or county waste management office. Often, these offices will have searchable databases online, allowing you to type in your location and the type of materials you have to search for collection centres near you. Since scrap metal does fetch you (and the dealers) some cash, you're likely to find several scrap dealers near you.

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    Weigh your tungsten carbide pieces, to get an idea of how much you have. If the amount is too large to put on a scale, measure the material's height, width and length to get a rough idea of how much you have.

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    Check around for the dealer offering the best prices. If you have several scrap metal centres near you (which most metropolitan areas do), the various companies may offer different prices in order to stay competitive. Tell them how much you have, and ask for a ballpark figure on how much you'd get for it. Or simply ask them how much they're paying per pound or ounce. Once you've found the centre with the highest price, note their drop-off hours and any special documents, such as identification, you need to bring with you.

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    Load your tungsten carbide onto a truck and take it to the scrap dealer, making sure to bring along the proper documentation. When the dealer accepts your materials, you should receive a check. Dealers typically do not pay cash, due to laws designed to stop metal theft.

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