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The Recovery Process

When you select Handy & Harman Refining, you are choosing a company that has over a century of experience helping companies recover precious metals from scrap. Using modern industry technology, we recycle your products to reclaim valuable precious metals through our unique refining process. Our multi-step assay ensures that virtually every ounce of precious metal contained in your scrap is recaptured quickly and economically.

Many companies recycle metal scrap to benefit the environment, an important factor. Recycling scrap metal reduces the environmental impact of mining, and refining existing precious metals is a less costly and simpler process.

But another benefit is financial. That's where Handy & Harman Refining can make a difference for you. Precious metal scrap could be hiding in countless places; our job is to help you find those places and get you a profitable return on your scrap. When valuable recyclables are thrown away or swept away, it's like throwing money down the drain.

The principle steps in a successful precious metals recovery program can be summarized as follows:

  • Detection: Precious metal scrap can hide in a thousand places. Companies need to know all those places in their manufacturing operation. It's also important to create awareness of the value among all your employees. Making sure everyone handling precious metals knows their value - and their hiding places - is key.
  • Collection: The more scrap is segregated according to type, the more efficiently it can be processed. Segregating scrap results in lower refining costs and higher returns on the precious metal content.
  • Protection: Scrap collection procedures should be arranged in each department where precious metals are handled. Containers should be periodically weighed, stored under lock and key in a secured area, and careful records kept.
  • Selection: Choosing a refiner with an established reputation for competence, experience and business integrity will have a direct bearing on the amount of your return.

There are four main stages in the Handy & Harman Refining process:


Receiving and sorting the incoming scrap


Burning away the organics; crushing, screening and blending the pulps


Melting the metallic portion


Assaying the precious metal content

Recycling your scrap metal is a lucrative investment with a value that continues to climb.

In my experience, I have found the staff at Handy & Harman Refining to be very knowledgeable with their product and the refining process.
Buyer, Communications Manufacturing Company