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There are various outdated or non-working electronic devices that contain gold that can be recycled. Some electronic scrap that may contain gold are CPU's, fingers, pins, electronic boards, cell phones boards, Integrated circuits and printed circuit boards.

PCB stands for Printed Circuit Boards. Scrap PCB is divided into few different grades.

Cell Phone PCB
Cell phone PCB scrap is the main board of cell phones, bluetooth boards and any other boards. This type of PCB usually contains copper, lead and a small amount of Gold, Palladium and silver.

Computers PCB
The computers scrap printed circuit boards can be scrap motherboards, video boards, audio boards, network cards and other PCI, ISA or AGP boards which comes out of desktop, personal computers, scrap laptop computers and scrap servers. This type of PCB usually contains copper, lead and a small amount of Gold, Palladium and silver.

Low grade PCB
Sorry...you won't find a secret gold mine here. Low grade Scrap PCB usually comes out of scrap monitors, scrap amplifiers, scrap DVD players, scrap DECT phones, scrap printers, scrap speakers, scrap VCR's, scrap cable boxes, scrap satellite boxes, scrap MP3 players, scrap cameras etc. These boards usually contains copper and lead and a very minimal amount of precious metals.

There are other types of gold scrap as well.

Gold CPU Scrap
Gold CPU scrap, gold fingers, connectors and pins are great for gold recycling. In addition, other electronic boards contains metals, such as gold, palladium, silver and copper. Some boards such as military electronic boards, space electronics or very old boards contains larger amounts of metals than your typical PC boards and modern scrap electronic equipment. But beware, we don't advise you to hunt down those crashed space satalites, military missles, or any ailien spacecraft...in fact...we strongly advise avoiding them completely!

Extra information on how gold is recycled
There are a number of methods that can be used to recycle, but like anything involving chemicals, leave it to the experts. Reverse electroplating is generally fairly simple and can be done using a car battery charger, a stainless steel plate, a carbon rod (or another stainless steel sheet), a large bucket and some various common chemicals. Reverse electroplating works well for certain types of scrap; clipped leads and ends for instance and heavy plated scrap. The AR (Aqua Regia method), Cyanide Leach (or alternative using a product called Cyanide Leach Substitute or CLS), mercury, etc. is also used.

Aqua Regia method works well for processors, memory and clipped leads generally provide excellent returns.

Don't forget about the other metals out there! Gold isn't everything. Silver, tantalum, aluminum, lead and copper are all great to recycle! Steel scrap is also great for recycling and is in fact one of the most recycled metals.

This file last modified 09/11/08