More and more Catalytic Converter Recyclers are starting to realize that processing material from diesel trucks is having a negative effect on their core business. Alternatively, they’re utilizing a specialized third-party toll refining partner to process their diesel material and finding it’s a cost-effective and profitable option to processing it on their own. This case study features seven (7) toll refining projects handled by Red Fox Resources on behalf of a Catalytic Converter Recycler based in the Western United States.
As with any manufacturing facility, entire plants and/or equipment eventually become obsolete requiring replacement or in some cases plant closures. This often means the dismantling or demolition of facilities that include equipment containing high-value platinum group metals (PGM). This case study features an example project where recycled industrial catalyst material recovered almost $600,000 to the plant owner compared to paying for the disposal of scrap material.
Red Fox Resources® is pleased to announce that Mike Apple has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development and Operations – East. In his new role, Mike will manage the Red Fox business activities in the Eastern part of the United States, establishing and maintaining commercial relationships and managing key accounts in his region. He will also serve as a member of the executive management team as the company continues to grow and expand its capabilities.
With today’s high prices of Platinum Group Metals (PGM), the business of recycling scrap catalytic converters is thriving across the U.S. That said, catalytic converter recyclers are also facing a variety of challenges when it comes to the smelting/refining aspect of their businesses. This article outlines some great solutions to help catalytic converter recyclers streamline their process while maximizing profits.
Whether you’re a large national fleet, leasing company, or dealer group, it might be time to leverage your size and capture the income from recycling scrap emission parts. With a range of potential benefits, more and more large regional and national fleets are taking a closer look and implementing centralized recycling programs for diesel particulate filters (DPFs), diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs,) and three-way catalysts (TWCs).
Red Fox has developed customized recycling programs for many of the Top 100 Fleets to manage the scrap from emission control parts. These fleets have seen steady revenue generation and sustainability benefits through their programs.
Outlined below are details of the types of fleets that can leverage a customized recycling program and the primary value they are seeing.
Natural gas is one of the largest sources of energy production in the United States. In the U.S. alone, there are just under 500,000 active wells producing natural gas. With over 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas flowing from wells every day, natural gas fired engines play a big role in the compression and transmission process.
Most natural gas-fired reciprocating engines are used in the natural gas industry at pipeline compressor and storage stations and at gas processing plants. These engines are used to provide mechanical shaft power for compressors and pumps. At pipeline compressor stations, engines are used to help move natural gas from station to station. At storage
Since 2007, new heavy-duty on-road diesel trucks sold in North America included diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) to comply with the emissions mandates of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In total, this now means well over 3 million DPFs and DOCs are on the road needing regular maintenance, cleaning, or replacement due to end-of-life failure or damage.
One of the most common questions we receive these days is, “Do you guys recycle SCR systems?” While our answer is generally no, this is a complex topic in which we’d like to provide some clarity in a quick FAQ about SCR systems and how manage their disposal at the end of their useful life.
An important element of the ongoing efforts of Red Fox Resources to educate the heavy-duty truck, bus and equipment industry on the virtues of recycling aftertreatment, is to provide a “customer profile” of a Red Fox customer. Customer profiles allow similar companies in the heavy-duty space understand what types of companies are recycling and how simple the process can be. We’re proud that our first customer profile is of Diesel Emissions Service (DES). Headquartered in Redding, CA with locations throughout North America, DES is an industry leader in sales and service of diesel aftertreatment.
Red Fox Resources… A Stepping Stone to a Zero Waste Future
With the cost of waste disposal rising (up over 25% in the last 10 years), scrap metal prices hovering between $.10 and $.25 per pound and subject to the unknowns of international tariffs, now is as good of a time as any to consider a zero waste initiative through Red Fox Resources.
What is Zero Waste?
Zero waste is a system-wide waste management approach that is intended to change the way waste streams are managed as raw materials are made into final products. These products are then sold, used, and ultimately reach the end of their useful life. Zero Waste focuses on the restructuring of production, distribution, and recovery system to reduce waste at all stages of a product’s life.
As part of Red Fox Resources’ mission, we strive to provide informative resources for our customers and partners. To that end, as regulations are changed or newly adopted, we do our best to keep you informed. The following updates are relevant to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP) program, specifically new PSIP opacity limits.
Previously, the PSIP regulation required that diesel truck and bus fleet owners conduct annual smoke opacity inspections of their vehicles and repair those with excessive smoke emissions to ensure compliance.
As of May 25, 2018, CARB adopted changes to the current PSIP that requires California-based truck and bus fleets with two or more heavy-duty diesel vehicles to conduct annual smoke opacity self-inspections for all their vehicles. During these required inspections, a smoke opacity meter is used to measure and document the opacity readings for each vehicle in their fleet.
When discussing the values of scrap DPFs and DOCs it’s important to understand the big picture. The presence of Platinum Group Metals (PGM) in diesel particulate filters (DPFs), diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) and three-way catalysts drives the recycled or scrap values of these parts. As explained in our previous article discussing the pricing of scrap DPFs and DOCs, engine manufacturers coat the substrates of DPFs and DOCs with varying levels of PGM (e.g. platinum) to provide a chemical reaction in the exhaust stream that enables engines to meet EPA regulated emission standards.
Emission Parts Recycling Provides Revenue and Sustainability Opportunity for Mack Truck Dealers
Oakland, CA, February 2, 2018 – Red Fox Resources® is pleased to announce a partnership with Mack Trucks (North America) to provide Mack truck dealers with a program to recycle used emission control parts. This program allows Mack dealers to recycle scrap emission cores, such as diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs). Using fully compliant process, Red Fox Resources purchases scrap/used emission control systems from the dealer and reclaims the catalyst material for re-use.
Emission Parts Recycling Provides Sustainability and Revenue Opportunity for Volvo Truck Dealers
Oakland, CA, January 30, 2018 – Red Fox Resources® is pleased to announce a partnership with Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) to provide Volvo truck dealers with a program to recycle used emission control parts. This program allows Volvo dealers to recycle scrap emission cores, such as diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs). Red Fox Resources purchases scrap/used emission control systems from the dealer and reclaims the catalyst material for re-use.
For most heavy-duty truck and bus fleet operators, DPF cleaning has become a routine part of regular fleet maintenance. DPFs are unique in that they require periodic service, are prone to failure, and are expensive to replace.
With DPF cleaning comes a set of standard questions about the different procedures, what’s most effective, what’s least expensive and how do we minimize downtime?
This article will attempt to answer these common questions and give you a better understanding of DPF cleaning in 2017.
Why is DPF cleaning required?
A DPF physically traps and collects diesel soot and ash particles from diesel engine exhaust. While most of the trapped soot (organic matter) is burned off during periodic filter regeneration, metal oxide “ash” (inorganic matter) particles are not burned off. Ash is the inorganic material from lube oil and wear metals. It comes from the engine and is left behind after thermal filter regeneration. Over time, the unburned ash particles and soot will plug the filter unless the filter is periodically cleaned.
Oakland, CA, September 18, 2017 – Red Fox Resources®, a leader in industrial emission control system recycling has completed a move of its primary facility to a new location in Oakland, CA. The new facility will serve as Red Fox Resource’s corporate headquarters as well as the company’s Operations and Technology Center. The new facility more than triples the square footage of the company’s old facility, also located in Oakland. The new facility is located at 4055 Linden Street in Oakland, California.
Red Fox Resources recycles used diesel particulate filters (DPFs), diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) and natural gas catalysts from trucks, buses, construction equipment and stationary generators. Red Fox purchases spent emission control parts from fleets, service centers, manufacturers and dismantlers throughout North America.
We often use common customer questions as a yardstick for good topics that should be shared on our Red Fox Resources blog. For example, a very common question is, “how do we prepare shipments of DPFs and DOCs to be shipped to and recycled by Red Fox Resources?” It’s actually pretty straight forward, with the following requirements and a video overview:
The shipment must be palletized so it can be moved by forklift.
All the items must be secured on the pallet with shrink wrap or a wood/cardboard enclosure as shown in video.
Red Fox pays shipping costs only when you have a minimum of 5 DPFs/DOCs per shipment.
As DPF (diesel particulate filter) cleaning becomes a routine part of truck maintenance, the proper disposal of recovered DPF ash is a common question for shops and fleets. Unfortunately, depending on where your located this can be a complex topic. We’ll attempt to provide some clarity on DPF ash disposal in this article by starting with the basics.
This blog post is intended to be a general guidance on DPF ash disposal. You should consult your local and state environmental regulatory agencies for accurate regulations regarding hazardous waste determination and disposal in your area.
How is DPF ash generated?
A DPF physically traps and collects diesel soot from engine exhaust. While the trapped soot is burned off during periodic filter regeneration, metal oxide “ash” particles are not burned off. Over time, the unburned ash particles will plug the filter unless the filter is periodically cleaned.
Red Fox was proud to contribute to the July 2017 “Reman, Rebuild, Replace” column in Fleet Maintenance Magazine. The article succinctly covers the virtues of DPF/DOC recycling. See the full copy below or link to the article in the July 2017 Fleet Maintenance Magazine.
From July 2017 Issue of Fleet Maintenance
As part of the ratcheted-down emissions regulations finalized in 2001 for on-highway diesel engines, the U.S. EPA set standards – to be implemented in 2007 – requiring that particulate matter (PM) emissions be reduced by 90 percent. To achieve this, engine OEMs developed engines that would operate with higher efficiency and lower emissions.
The engines were equipped with exhaust aftertreatment devices that included diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) system, and required the use of ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and low-ash oils.
Oakland, CA, September 1, 2016 – This program allows dealers of Hino Trucks to recycle spent emission cores, such as diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs), that either fail OEM core acceptance criteria or do not carry a core value. Red Fox Resources purchases the spent emission control systems from the dealer and reclaims the catalyst material for re-use.