Catalytic Converter Recycling

To get the best price,

We will photograph it and send it off to our roving ‘cat’ buyer for a real time price.  It usually takes 5 – 15 minutes.

Prices can range from $0 to $100, or...?

Bigger cat doesn't mean a bigger price!

Or...Save the wait! Drop your ‘cat’ off while you run an errand.

Be sure to review our information about the Non-ferrous Scrap Metal Recycling law! Catalytic converters have been included in a new expansion to that law.

We typically pay between $5 and $50 (or more!) for each catalytic converter you bring in to recycle. We do inspect each converter first to determine if it still has the internal components that give them recyclable value.

In order to get the best price for your catalytic converters, you can drop your "cats" off at Earthworks for our top grader to price, then pick up your payment a few days later.

Otherwise, please call us at (509) 534-1638 to make sure a staff member is on hand that is qualified to grade catalytic converters.

Where to find: The catalytic converter is found in the exhaust system line between the engine and the muffler of internal combustion engines. It typically has a heat shield attached.

How to prepare: Cut the catalytic converter from the exhaust line. It is okay to leave several inches of exhaust pipe on each end of the catalytic converter. It is also okay to leave the heat shield on. If the unit is the ceramic bead type, be careful not to spill the beads out. If it is the “honeycomb” type, don’t knock that out. That's what makes it worth cash!

Q: What’s on those beads or “honeycomb” that gives catalytic converters recycling value?

A: Typically it is platinum, palladium or rhodium.

Like to see some pictures of catalytic converters? Visit the catalytic converter page at, there's also an explanation of how these converters reduce pollution:

One of the most important parts of a car’s emission control systems is the catalytic converter. The exhaust is treated before leaving the car, reducing pollution. If you’d like to read more about catalytic converters, go to: