Nobody’s arguing with the fact that as a society we can be wasteful in a number of ways. However, a good craftsman understands that waste is something that should be avoided. When it comes to the end of a useful life for tungsten carbide tools, there is a way to give old tools new life by recycling them. This way, waste stays out of the landfill, and new tools are created from a precious and limited resource. This increases and maintains a supply in a sustainable fashion for future generations.
Not Just Trash
There are lots of people recycling scrap metal, but tungsten carbide is a special material. For one thing, tungsten carbide is a nine on the Mohs scale of hardness. The only other thing on earth that is a nine on the Mohs scale is corundum gemstones such as rubies and sapphires. The next step up is a number 10 – which is a diamond. While tungsten carbide tools may not be as rare as rubies and sapphires, they are invaluable to the world’s economy. In order to preserve this resource for future generations, it is critical that we recycle what we have now.
Ask Your Supplier
Working with a reputable tool dealer means that you should be able to recycle your tungsten carbide where you do business. Scrap carbide prices are driven by the market, but you can often get a better price from a tool dealer then you could working with a scrap buyer. You may even be able to arrange for the tool dealer to handle the shipping, and simply send you a check. No hassle, no travel, no shipping costs. If you have scrap carbide, and want to recoup some of your costs, this is a great way to do it.