Seco Tools' Carbide Recycling Program Releases 2013 Results

The effort conserves energy and materials while benefiting manufacturers.

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Seco Tools LLC has released the results of its North American Carbide Recycling Program for 2013. The company collected and processed 125,919 lbs (57,235 kg) of used carbide tools. Of the total, 110,585 lbs were returned to Seco Tools AB for processing into grade powder. Over the life of the carbide recycling program, Seco Tools has returned an average of more than 10,100 lbs of tools per month for recycling.

In the program, Seco provides manufacturers with small, medium or large storage containers to place within their facilities. Small 1-pint containers hold approximately 11 lbs of carbide, medium 1-gallon containers hold approximately 50 lbs (23 kg), and the large 30-gallon drums accommodate approximately 2,000 lbs (910 kg). As tools reach the end of their useful life they are placed in the 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.

In addition to the 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 tools. Up to 95 percent of the material in a typical carbide insert can be reclaimed, helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of the metalcutting industry. Seco says recycling reduces related energy consumption by 35 percent and cuts CO2 emissions by 40 percent. 

Major customers taking advantage of the recycling program include John Deere, GE, Haas Automation, American Axle, Cummins Engines, Royal Oak Industries, Caterpillar, MessierDowty and GTTC de Mexico. 

Manufacturers interested in participating in the Seco Tools Used Carbide Recycling Program can visit for more information, or contact Vic Bruni at