Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the questions most of our clients ask. If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to call us at 1-800-955-5857 or send us an email.

What do you buy?

We buy, for recycling, any medical or labratory device containing Platinum, including:

  • Electrophysiology (also know as EP) Catheters
  • Angioplasty Guidewires
  • Electrophoresis Electrodes
  • Crucibles

Why should I use Cascade Refining’s recycling service?

Cascade Refining has been recycling scrap platinum from medical devices since 1984, and we have been in business since 1974. We have developed methods which allow us to quickly and inexpensively evaluate most types of Pt scrap. This allows us to process small lots of scrap without the high fees which large refineries charge. We hope that this, together with our experience, longevity, and competitive prices will help you feel comfortable doing business with us. Customer references in your area can be supplied on request. Hundreds of hospitals already use our service.

What about packaging or mailing requirements?

The padded mailer we use has worked well for most customers. If you would prefer to use different packaging, you can cut off the postage-paid BRM label from our package and attach it to the packaging of your choice. Just make sure the container is stout and clearly labeled. For extra security, you may wish to insure or register your larger, more valuable shipments at the post office. FedEx, DHL, UPS or other express services are also good shipping options.

When will my shipment be priced?

The price of platinum fluxuates daily. Normally, we price your shipment at the NY COMEX spot platinum price on the day it arrives at our facility. Alternative pricing arrangements can be made if you desire.

How do I know what my shipment is worth?

EP catheters – EP catheter prices vary greatly depending on several factors: number of electrodes, diameter, weight, and platinum content on each electrode. Current prices of some common EP catheters are given on our EP Catheter Prices page. You are also welcome to call us at 1-800-955-5857.
Angioplasty Guidewires – Many guidewire types are wound with a platinum wire at the tip (usually the last 2-5 Cm). These wires also contain a stainless steel core that needs to be chemically leached away. After chemical treatment, the wires are dried and weighed. To figure what we would pay per gram of leached guidewire, multiply today’s platinum price by 0.024. It may be helpful to note that it takes approximately 80-100 total centimeters of untreated guidewire to equal one gram of leached wire.
Electrophoresis electrodes – Multiply today’s platinum prices by 0.024.

How do I prepare catheters/guidewires for shipment?

When preparing EP catheters for shipment, cut off the end with the electrodes and trim them close to the electrodes. Guidewires can be trimmed just above the soldered joint where the Pt tip is attached to the stainless and/or plastic wire. Trimming the wires and catheters in this way decreases processing time and makes more efficient use of postage and packaging material, but is not mandatory.

Which sterilization method should I use?

Use whichever method is most convenient for you. Most hospitals use steam or gas or a 28-day disinfectant (e.g. activated dialdehyde). Some customers use a solution of one part sodium hypochlorite (common household bleach) diluted with five parts water.

How do I start?

To recycle your EP catheters (or otherPlatinum containing disposable medical devices) and earn cash for your hosptial, foundation or labratory, do the following: Start now by saving the electrode containing tips of the catheters by cutting them off and sterilizing them with an appropriate disinfectant and retaining them. Request a free, prepaid mailer packet by: Calling us at 1-800-955-5857 or fill out our packet request form here. You will receive the packet in a few days by U.S. mail. When you have accumulated a convenient amount (20, 50, 100 or more) of catheter tips, drop them in the plastic bag provided and seal it. Fill out the enclosed packing list. Put these items in the prepaid mailer packet, seal and drop in any U.S. mail box. You should receive your check in about two weeks.