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Key Elements of Cobalt Recycling
Key Elements of Cobalt Recycling
May 16, 2019

Cobalt recycling has become one of the key players in the global drive to reduce waste and move towards more sustainable production methods. A large part of this comes from the increased permeation of electronics in households – smartphones and electric cars are just some everyday examples of products that utilize cobalt.


As industries begin to recognize the importance of cobalt recycling, there are some key elements of the practice that need to be understood in order to ensure all stakeholders are informed about this process and of this fascinating chemical.




With our new technology for recycling cobalt scrap, you can do your wallet and mother nature a huge favor.




At Alnor Industries, we buy all grades and forms of cobalt scrap and turn them into brand new products. We also provide consultations on how people can further maximize their scrap cobalt value. For more than three decades, we have been in the cobalt recycling industry. Here are some important elements to consider in cobalt recycling.


  • Original Usage – Cobalt has a long history of use that spans centuries from ancient Egypt in the form of cobalt-based blue pigments used in painting to the modern age in the form of heat resistant anti-rust alloys and for the manufacture of lithium batteries. One of the many goals of cobalt recycling is to preserve the original use of the cobalt we receive.


  • Source – The source of the cobalt is important as it can help determine value. Cobalt is also sourced from different places, which can factor into its applications. Cobalt can come from petroleum and chemical industries, manufacturers of super-alloys and rechargeable batteries, as well as cemented carbides and tool steels.


  • Product – The product of recycled cobalt scrap includes chemicals, metal powder, and pure cobalt metal. The process can also result in the creation of alloys, residues of mixed metals, and powdered combinations of cobalt and tungsten carbide.


All these elements show that cobalt is a chemical of diverse applications and potential. Recycling cobalt helps open up more of these possibilities to industries, and it also ensures the sustainability of this resource so that we can continue to enjoy its benefits.



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