Diesel particulate filters have been used in our vehicles since the beginning of the 2000s and since 1993 for catalytic converters. The recycling market is now overwhelmed by these parts to be reprocessed. Their reprocessing and disposal are a challenge because it involves a sometimes long and costly industrial process. It is also a challenge because the recovery of the precious metals that make up these coins is part of a circular economy approach. While professionals are very familiar with the DPF and catalytic converter recycling process, few private individuals are aware that they can resell these parts and make a profit from them. Between environmental necessity, legal obligation, and a real opportunity, Krosfou makes a clear point on a subject too little developed to allow you to know everything about the recycling of the DPF and the catalytic converter.
A vehicle remains a highly polluting object even when it is no longer in use: it is then considered an ELV (End-of-Use Vehicle). Most of its components must be considered toxic and dangerous. Gone are the days (fortunately) when you had no problem getting rid of your old car in a ditch or at the bottom of a lake.
The non-recyclable waste from a car (such as used oil, air conditioning fluids, or airbag explosives) must be recovered, treated, and disposed of by professionals. These elements are extremely polluting and very harmful to the soil if the necessary precautions are not taken.
According to the Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME), more than 90% of a vehicle is now recycled, even though a European directive imposes a 95% recovery rate. When we know that thousands of cars are scrapped every year, this effort is far from being in vain.
As a private individual, you have a duty to dispose of your used parts and fluids properly, however inconvenient this may seem. This obviously means that you have first taken the necessary steps to recover all liquids from the repair so that they do not seep into the floor.
The DPF and catalytic converter are no exception to the rule when it comes to recycling. If you replace these parts yourself, you must ensure that they are disposed of correctly.
Keep in mind that a private individual can be fined up to £1,500 for depositing or abandoning waste; and £3,000 for a repeat offense. For a professional, the penalties handed down by the judge can be up to 2 years' imprisonment and a fine of £75,000. So the game is not worth the candle. You can then opt to resell your used parts, as we will see below, or take them back to your local waste collection center.
Recycling of the diesel particulate filter is not as widespread as recycling of the catalytic converter. Few companies are developing this activity because it is not particularly profitable. DPFs do not contain as many precious metals as a catalytic converter and in smaller quantities. Therefore, Their recycling is not really interesting.
However, it should be noted that used DPF sometimes have a second life. When your garage offers you a standard exchange, this means that the filter used for the repair is a reconditioned part. The monolith inside the filter is replaced in the factory so that the part can start a new life. PSA is the best-known manufacturer to carry out this operation for its Peugeot and Citroën models. This is why, when replacing your DPF, we can offer you two prices. The highest price corresponds to that of the new part.
Used car parts sites also offer DPF for sale. Often with attractive formulas, they promise you all kinds of things for a low price, up to 50% less than the price of a new one. We urge you to be very cautious about making such promises. Some unscrupulous suppliers offer poor quality parts, whose original monolith has been replaced by an unsuitable one, or which have been cleaned. In both cases, greatly reducing their lifespan or even damaging the engine prematurely. Furthermore, if cleaning is not carried out under good conditions, the thin layer of precious metals is damaged and no longer acts as a filter. Your car then pollutes as much as if it were not equipped with a filter.
The catalytic converter's recycling market is interesting. Besides, technology is perfectly mastered by many companies. The catalytic converter honeycomb contains several precious metals, including rhodium (about 1 gram per piece), palladium, and platinum (between 3 and 7 grams, depending on the model of the pot), some of which are worth more than gold. This is why the recovery of these substances, which are rare and expensive to produce, is of interest to many companies that have made it their specialty.
The authorities have even noted a significant increase in the theft of catalytic converters for more than 10 years. Criminals target commercial vehicles as a priority because they can easily slip underneath. Time to do your shopping and the forfeit is done. The police regularly get their hands on more or less organized gangs, and all regions of France are unfortunately concerned.
You should also be aware that since the 2011-900 finance law of 29 July 2011 (article 51). It is no longer possible to pay for ferrous and non-ferrous metal transactions in cash, whatever the amount. Therefore, beware of unscrupulous buyers who would offer you cash in exchange for your old pot. You could face serious penalties.
Theft, scams... Rest assured, there is a good way of doing things ! If you plan to sell your vehicle to a scrap dealer or scrap yard, consider dismantling the catalytic converter and selling it to a specialized company. You will have no difficulty finding one on the Internet. The EcoTrade group is one of the specialists in the buy-back and reprocessing of catalytic converters, but there are many others. Depending on the model of your car, you can estimate beforehand what your old pot is worth, based on the precious metal quotation.
Now that you know how the recycling of a DPF or catalytic converter works, why not start replacing one of these parts yourself ? Find all our new products on our site. Krosfou has parts in stock for almost 90% of the vehicles on the road in Europe.
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