Recycling, why?

At a time characterised by growth and a constant increase in the world’s population, it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the needs of the population and industry. The increasing scarcity of resources and exploitation of raw materials place a great strain on our environment and the worldwide climate. Therefore, it should be obvious that we must operate in a sustainable manner, and to take into account both ecological and social issues, in addition to economic interests. The recycling of raw materials, particularly of precious metals, which accrue in a manufacturing process or which are at the end of their life cycle, helps to protect natural resources. By saving primary raw materials through recycling, the energy consumption during manufacturing is reduced, and it would be irresponsible not to exploit this. Protection of the environment is a cornerstone of our business.

During the more than 200 years of its company history Johnson Matthey has developed unparalleled skills in analysis, recycling and converting precious metals, and thereby possesses the basis for one of the most important services that PGM refining offers.

The further expansion and modernisation of the already existing, extremely efficient, refining unit provides the required basis for the increased demand and guarantees the best results for recycling.

Johnson Matthey accepts all forms of industrial waste and residues which contain recoverable gold, silver and platinum group metals, in order to enable their return to the precious metal loop. These valuable waste materials are as varied as the industries and processes that engender them. Ongoing research and development ensure the use of the latest technology to this end.

We would be pleased to answer your questions on transport, waste disposal and recycling of precious metal-containing waste. Please talk to us personally. There's no substitute for a personal discussion!

Feeding products back into the precious metal loop – process:

At the end of the refining process the analysed metals are credited to your precious metal account with us. A physical collection of products/semi-finished products is possible at all times from our delivery programme. Precious metals present in the account are directly subtracted unless stated otherwise.

Metals may optionally be sold at the current daily quoted rate. Transfers to credit a third party are always possible. Any resulting costs will be invoiced to you as the client.

Caring for the environment is of crucial importance to our business activity and is an obligation for all employees of Johnson Matthey.
Johnson Matthey has committed itself to carrying out its activities in such a way as to avoid any adverse effect on the environment and public welfare.


Metal Joining

Recycling offer

Precious metal-containing solder waste & silver anode waste


Jewellery & Watches

Recycling offer

Precious metal-containing watch & jewellery waste


Chemicals & Noble Metals

Recycling offer

Precious metal-containing waste from electroplating & industry

We have been supporting and advising our customers for more than half a century.

Whether your waste is solder and waste from stamped parts, contact parts or anodes, we recycle it by using the latest methods and guarantee a high recovery rate.

For more than 40 years we have been able to successfully accompany and serve clients in the jewellery and watch industries.

Be they filings, old gold or residues, we recycle your waste material by using the latest techniques and guarantee a high rate of recovery.

We are specialists in the downstream processing of platinum group metals, silver and gold in metallic form. For the most challenging processes, such as the recovery of rhodium and ruthenium, we offer high recovery rates at moderate conditions.

The above list of recyclable waste that we accept and process is not exhaustive. On request, we will gladly examine the possibility to process precious metal-containing raw materials not listed above.

All delivered materials must be free of other substances, such as cadmium, mercury and/or arsenic.



Prior to delivering the recyclable waste, clients shall undertake to inform Johnson Matthey & Brandenberger AG of all information concerning possible contamination with disallowed substances.