We buy for recycling any medical or labratory device containing Platinum, including:
Electrophysiology (also know as EP) Catheters
Cascade Refining has been recycling scrap platinum from medical devices since 1984, and we have been in business since 1974.
We have developed methods which allow us to quickly and inexpensively evaluate most types of Pt scrap. This allows us to process small lots of scrap without the high fees which large refineries charge.
We hope that this, together with our experience, longevity, and competitive prices will help you feel comfortable doing business with us. Customer references in your area can be supplied on request. Hundreds of hospitals already use our service.
The padded mailer we use has worked well for most customers. If you would prefer to use different packaging, you can cut off the postage-paid BRM label from our package and attach it to the packaging of your choice. Just make sure the container is stout and clearly labeled. For extra security, you may wish to insure or register your larger, more valuable shipments at the post office. FedEx, DHL, UPS or other express services are also good shipping options. International customers: Please request a prepaid FedEx packet by clicking here.
The price of platinum fluxuates daily. Normally, we price your shipment at the NY COMEX spot platinum price on the day it arrives here at the plant. Alternative pricing arrangements can be made if you desire.
EP catheters – EP catheter prices vary greatly depending on several factors: number of electrodes, diameter, weight, and platinum content on each electrode. Current prices of some common EP catheters are given on our EP Catheter Prices page. You are also welcome to call us at 1-800-955-5857.
Angioplasty Guidewires – Many guidewire types are wound with a platinum wire at the tip (usually the last 2-5 Cm). These wires also contain a stainless steel core that needs to be chemically leached away. After chemical treatment, the wires are dried and weighed. To figure what we would pay per gram of leached guidewire, multiply today’s platinum price by 0.024. It may be helpful to note that it takes approximately 80-100 total centimeters of untreated guidewire to equal one gram of leached wire.
Electrophoresis electrodes – Multiply today’s platinum prices by 0.024.
Other platinum scrap – Please call for a quotation.
When preparing EP catheters for shipment, cut off the end with the electrodes and trim them close to the electrodes. Guidewires can be trimmed just above the soldered joint where the Pt tip is attached to the stainless and/or plastic wire. Trimming the wires and catheters in this way decreases processing time and makes more efficient use of postage and packaging material, but is not mandatory.
Use whichever method is most convenient for you. Most hospitals use steam or gas or a 28-day disinfectant (e.g. activated dialdehyde). Some customers use a solution of one part sodium hypochlorite (common household bleach) diluted with five parts water.