Seco has released the annual results of its North American Carbide Recycling Program, revealing that the company collected and processed 57,368 lbs of used carbide tools in 2011. This represented more than double the company's goal of 26,500 lbs, thanks to steady growth of the program throughout the year. With its Carbide Recycling Program, Seco provides manufacturers with small, medium or large storage containers to place within their facilities. Small containers hold approximately five lbs of carbide, medium containers hold approximately 50 lbs, and the large drums accommodate approximately 1,500 lbs. As tools reach the end of their useful life, they can be placed in these containers, which are then collected by Seco. Any carbide products from any manufacturer can be submitted, including carbide inserts, solid drills, solid end mills, wear parts and PCD/PCBN-tipped inserts. Manufacturers are paid at the market rate when the carbide is returned.
"Over the past year, we've really spread the word to customers on just how easy it is to recycle used tools and inserts with the Seco program," says Vic Bruni, manager of quality at Seco Tools Inc. "Since launching the program in February 2011, we've seen a tremendous amount of growth and we're well on our way to our goal of recycling 50 percent of the carbide inserts we sell by 2014."
In addition to the well-publicized environmental benefits of recycling, Seco's Carbide Recycling Program helps to address the growing global demand for tungsten, which comprises 75 percent of cemented carbide. Up to 95 percent of the material in a typical carbide insert can be reclaimed, helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of the metal cutting industry. Manufacturers interested in participating in the Seco Tools Used Carbide Recycling Program can visit the website below.