How to Recycle Titanium

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How to Recycle Titanium

Titanium is a non-ferrous metal, which means that it does not contain significant amounts of iron or steel. It is used for highly specialised equipment, such as aircraft engines and replacement hip joints, as well as everyday items, such as sports equipment and titanium glasses. Titanium is lightweight, corrosion resistant, and has a high melting point. It has a virtually unlimited lifespan, which makes it an excellent resource for recycling. Businesses and local governments in Australia recycle titanium, turning it into a valuable renewable resource. Recycling titanium is environmentally and financially beneficial. Owners should learn about the options for recycling titanium before selecting a method.

Benefits of Recycling Titanium

Recycling titanium has a positive impact on the environment. It reduces the need to dig for virgin materials, thereby conserving wildlife habitats and protecting the integrity of the soil. Recycling titanium uses less energy than sourcing and producing components from raw materials, which saves money and creates less pollution. Recycled titanium is not as valuable as copper, but it is more valuable than stainless steel and other ferrous metals.

Recycling Process for Titanium

The manufacturing process for titanium products creates a significant amount of wasted material, known as "new scrap". For example, aluminium manufacturers use titanium to improve casting and reduce cracking in aluminium alloys, which results in new scrap. Recycled titanium from used components, such as heat exchangers, is known as "old scrap". As part of the recycling process, scrap is transformed into titanium ingots using vacuum-arc-reduction or cold-hearth melting.

Titanium Applications and Grades

There are several grades of titanium and they have different applications. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) determines the grades. The ASTM develops and delivers voluntary consensus standards that address product quality and safety in an effort to ensure fair trade and build consumer confidence. These standards are used internationally for titanium.

Titanium Application

Grade

Anode/cathode/cell components

Titanium Grade 1

Titanium Grade 2

Titanium Grade 4

Architectural and roofing components

Titanium Grade 2

Automotive components

Titanium Grade 5

Ballistic armour

Titanium Grade 5

Titanium Grade 23

Watches, glasses, jewellery, and mobile phone cases

Titanium Grade 1

Titanium Grade 2

Titanium Grade 5

Titanium Grade 9

Food processing and pharmaceutical equipment

Titanium Grade 1

Titanium Grade 2

Medical implants, devices, and surgical instruments

Titanium Grade 1

Titanium Grade 2

Sports and recreation equipment

Titanium Grade 2

Titanium Grade 5

Titanium Grade 9

Titanium is found in common household items, such as jewellery and watches. Many frames for glasses are made from titanium. Some cases for mobile phones and other small electronics contain titanium. Bikers may find titanium exhausts , brake components, handlebars, and clutch levers on their vehicles, as well as a number of other parts. Buyers can find high quality titanium drill bits, bolts, and small hand tools, like titanium spanners.

Methods for Recycling Titanium

Titanium is typically recycled in large quantities as part of an industrial process. For average homeowners, recycling drop off points are the most convenient option for recycling small amounts of metal. They should contact scrap metal recycling services to find out if they accept titanium. If homeowners or businesses collect significant amounts of scrap titanium, they can find companies that rent bins in various sizes and offer a collection service.

Owners should also consider reusing titanium items like frames for glasses or bikes. Rather than disposing of glasses, owners can have new prescription lenses fitted. Similarly, owners can take an old titanium bike frame and fit new wheels, pedals, and other components. Owners may find that titanium rings are difficult to resize and are likely to suffer scratches if worn regularly. Options for recycling a titanium ring includes buying a chain to wear it as a pendant, finding a new buyer, or donating the jewellery to charity.

How to Buy Titanium Products on eBay

Many titanium products are available on eBay, including vehicle parts, jewellery, accessories for electronic gadgets, and sports equipment. eBay offers a number of customer-friendly features, such as a simple search function that is available from every page. The deals pages list great offers on titanium products. You can use the eBay feedback system to read about sellers' past performance so that you can buy with confidence. Read the item description carefully and look at the photos before selecting a product. Recycling titanium is beneficial because it uses less energy than digging for new sources and manufacturing items from raw materials.

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