Recycling

Recycled gold – old gold sold for cash – is a vital part of the market. Our recycled gold primer explains the factors that affect recycling and considers the differences between jewellery and industrial recycling.

This primer gives an overview of gold recycling, including the economic drivers of recycling and the differences between jewellery and industrial recycling.

Summary

  • Recycled gold is an important part of the market, accounting for around 30% of total supply over the past 20 years.
  • Gold recycling fluctuates with gold prices and economic conditions
  • The gold-recycling industry has two distinct segments: jewellery accounts for roughly 90 percent of recycled gold, with the rest coming from industrial recycling.