Recycling Carbide

Do you need to recycle any old carbide? Equal numbers of carbon and tungsten atoms are chemically joined to form the compound tungsten carbide. The resulting substance is quite hard and dense. Although less expensive and more heat resistant, it is nearly as hard as diamond.

In addition, tungsten carbide possesses a high modulus of elasticity, a high thermal conductivity, a high electrical conductivity, and a strong resistance to corrosion.

Typical uses for carbide include:

  • Machining
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Medical Facilities
  • Jewelry

Recently, men’s wedding rings often contain Tungsten carbide.

How to scrap steel carbide

Scrap tungsten carbide must be recycled in order to produce tungsten carbide. Since most of the world’s tungsten reserves are outside of the United States, recycling tungsten carbide is crucial.

Metal recycling is crucial because it lessens the demand for new metal production. You contribute to the preservation of natural resources like coal and iron ore used in metal production by reducing that demand. Resources like coal must be taken into account because their combustion is a major cause of global warming.

Anything in your tungsten scrap that isn’t carbide should be removed. Filing into metal pieces can be a quick test to differentiate non-carbide metal since tungsten is very difficult to scratch.

To learn more about recycling carbide, read our free Metal Recycling Guide.

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Contact Finger Lakes Recycling at 585-762-9080 for current rates on metal recycling. For large quantities, we offer scrap metal container services to store your structural steel and allow for easier transport back to our facilities. 

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