Scrap Magazine | Jul 28, 2020
Canadian Firm Will Recycle Rare Earth Metals from Texas Plant
Rare earth metals recycler Geomega Resources (Boucherville, Quebec) has entered into a letter of intent with USA Rare Earth (New York) to recycle at least five years’ worth of rare earth-containing byproducts from the company’s production of sintered neodymium iron boron permanent magnets in West Texas.
USA Rare Earth says it expects its plant to produce more than 2,000 mt of sintered neo-magnets per year. The manufacturing process produces up to 30% swarf (machining debris) and scrap, Geomega says, up to 600 mt annually. It plans to recycle this material at its plant in Saint-Bruno, Quebec, after which the material could become part of the rare earth oxide feed USA Rare Earth requires for its plant, the companies say. They also are exploring the possibility of a license agreement to develop an on-site recycling facility in West Texas, they say. Visit ressourcesgeomega.ca or usarareearth.com.