Gold recycling in the United States in 1998

Circular 1196-A
Supersedes OFR 00-195-A



In 1998, 175 metric tons (t) of refined gold was recovered by U.S. refiners from old and new scrap. The overall recycling rate was 29 percent when scrap consumption was compared with apparent domestic supply. Sources of old scrap includes discarded jewelry, dental materials, plating solutions, and electronic equipment. A very high old scrap recycling efficiency of 96 percent was reached in 1998, the supply of old scrap peaked, gold prices were at an 18-year low, and substantial amounts of old scrap were exported. U.S. net exports of old scrap had a gold content of 28 t.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Gold recycling in the United States in 1998
Series title Circular
Series number 1196
Chapter A
DOI 10.3133/cir1196A
Edition -
Year Published 2001
Language ENGLISH
Description p. A1-A8
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title Flow studies for recycling metal commodities in the United States
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