Gannon & Scott News Blog

Gannon & Scott Once Again Recognized for Commitment to Veterans

Published 12/20/2023

CRANSTON, Rhode Island – For the fifth year in a row, Gannon & Scott has been highlighted for its positive relationship with working veterans. 

HIRE Vets, also known as The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017, recognizes employers who have established clear efforts to recruit, employ, and retain US residents who have committed time to the armed forces. Employers meeting the criteria of the HIRE Vets Act are eligible for the “HIRE Vets Medallion Award” and are categorized by Large (500+), Medium (51-499) or Small (1-50) employees.  

For Gannon & Scott’s commitment to the employment of veterans, they have received the “Gold” Award for Small Businesses, a distinction they have received since 2019. To meet the criteria of this award, Gannon & Scott have maintained standards that include the following:

  1. A percentage of all new hires identify as veterans.
  2. Veteran hires have remained with the company for at least 12 months
  3. A percentage of the total employee base are veterans

“We are proud to have a positive relationship with veterans and veteran organizations like HIRE Vets,” Said Gannon & Scott President and Army Veteran Christopher Jones. “Our commitment to veterans is only a fraction of their commitment to our country, and we will continue to do whatever we can to curate a positive environment for veterans and their families for years to come.”

To learn more about HIRE Vets, visit

G&S Continues Coat Drive Efforts for 2023 Holiday Season

Published 12/20/2023

CRANSTON, Rhode Island– Gannon & Scott (33 Kenney Drive, Cranston, RI) continued in 2023 with their yearly tradition of collecting new and gently worn winter wear for The RI Coat Exchange. This November, Gannon & Scott accumulated over 500 pounds of articles of clothing that include coats, winter hats, gloves, and more.

Gannon & Scott, a leading precious metals refiner, prides itself on a strong commitment to honesty, transparency, and positive relationships. The company’s continued winter efforts with the RI Coat Exchange continue their growing effort to give back to a community in need. 

Gannon & Scott first began their relationship with the RI Coat Exchange in 2022. For over 25 years, the RI Coat Exchange has coordinated the November coat drive, trading in the commercial “Black Friday” tradition for a “Buy Nothing Day” initiative. Instead of shopping, Rhode Islanders in need are encouraged to visit the state house for free-of-charge winter wear. 

John Antonacci, VP of Marketing at Gannon & Scott, recognized the importance of giving back to the community at this year’s drive. “We were happy to be even a small part of last year’s Coat Drive, and we jumped at the opportunity to do it again. The community and our employees have really rallied around the event, and we are ecstatic that the hundreds of pounds of items we collected are going to Rhode Islanders in need. We’ll be doing it again next year, so remember us when you’re cleaning out your closets!”


Those who were not able to attend the dropoff event are encouraged to bring winter wear to the Mathewson Street Church (134 Mathewson St, Providence, RI) Or Clothes to Kids RI (11 Commerce Way, Unit 3 Johnston, RI).

Ramping Up Alternative Energy Efforts with New Solar Panels

Published 12/20/2023

CRANSTON, Rhode Island– Gannon & Scott (33 Kenney Drive, Cranston, RI) has amplified its commitment to renewable energy by installing a new array of ground-mounted solar panels at their Rhode Island offices. 

 New Solar Panels

This is not the first time Gannon & Scott, with metal refineries in Rhode Island and Arizona, has updated their locations with alternative energy resources. In 2014, the Cranston, RI headquarters installed a 1,375-panel direct-to-grid renewable energy system. In 2022, they experienced a record high of 471,750 kWh.

In 2023, Gannon & Scott continued those efforts with their new 256-panel array, each of which can produce over 30% more power thanks to advances in solar technology. This additional array brings the total site production to nearly 600,000 kWh/year

“With our customers, our goal is to get the highest yield on their precious metal returns while eliminating as much waste as we can, says Joe Peixoto, CEO at Gannon & Scott. “We’ve taken that same mindset and applied it to our facilities. It’s our goal to be as efficient as possible. Solar is the future of energy, and we’re proud to invest now to benefit our company, customers, and environment.”

Solar energy is a growing effort for Gannon & Scott’s sustainability efforts. Gannon & Scott was first awarded the Green Manufacturing Award by Providence Business News in 2014 and has since used the recognition as a catalyst to strengthen Corporate Social Responsibility efforts. 

 Businesses or Customers interested in Gannon & Scott’s sustainability efforts are encouraged to read more at

Larry Shuck joins Gannon & Scott as the new Arizona Plant Manager

Published 11/09/2021

Larry Shuck brings years of quality control, EHSS, and leadership experience to the management team.

As the new plant manager of the Gannon & Scott Arizona facility, Larry is no stranger to leadership and management roles, thanks to his diverse background ranging from military intelligence to BASF and Clean Harbors.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge to serve a great organization, like Gannon & Scott, to help them achieve their goals in the most efficient, effective, and safe manner possible.” Says Larry.

“One thing that we’ve learned in over 100 years of being in business is you constantly need to improve. We’re confident that Larry will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to our operations.” Joe Peixoto, CE, Gannon & Scott.

In addition to his professional experience, Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Arizona State, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Later he would earn his master’s in management from Western Governors University.

Larry finds inspiration in one of his heroes, Linus Pauling. “To some, he may seem like an odd choice, but he’s the only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes, one in chemistry and one for peace. He was a brilliant chemist and considered to be the father of molecular biology. That speaks to the greatness of the man.”

Larry also learned to speak both Czech and Slovak as part of his Army’s Military Intelligence training. “One of the most interesting Czech phrases I know is “StrĨ prst skrz krk!”, which is kind of nonsense but fun because there are no vowels. It’s more or less a tongue twister.”  

If you would like to know the translation, feel free to reach out to Larry. 

The Pitfalls of Shred Sampling for E-Scrap Returns

Published 11/08/2021

As an E-Scrap collector, you know when it comes to electronic scrap refining you could have a gold mine (or silver, or palladium!) in your possession. Many devices like phones, computers, cameras, and key fobs contain small amounts of precious metals, which can be recovered.


Shred sampling is the norm for processing specific grades of e-scrap lots and, in most cases, is the process that makes
the most economic sense. Especially concerning material like consumer electronics, power supplies, circuit boards, and cable television circuit boards. Generally, the process involves placing e-scrap on a conveyor belt, shredding it with massive blades, then passing it through a screen, after which random samples are taken.

Certainly, this process is a better way to take a sample than just taking a scoop of material and testing it. Still, when processing electronics by only shredding and screening, valuable components can fall through the cracks. What if
tiny scraps of gold are what is falling through those cracks?

Shred sampling will not capture it, making it highly likely your return will be lower.

escrap processing - shred sampling for precious metals recovery

At Gannon & Scott, 100% of your e-scrap is processed, metallics/plastic e-scrap is thermally reduced. Metallic only
scrap is melted. In the case of thermal reduction, a homogenous mix of a very fine powder is created, and the
powder is mixed, sampled, and analyzed. When melting any oversize, a sample is taken while the metal is still

This extra effort offers a far more accurate analysis, which means your returns are based on science, not chance. Plus,
with our Certified Destruction service, you’re guaranteed that intellectual property or data within your e-waste cannot be
recovered in any way once processed at our facility.

Shred sampling lacks the security of total destruction.

Simply shredding and screening isn’t a guarantee that the sensitive information will not end up in the wrong hands when it leaves the facility. Everything received at G&S is destroyed by the method to make materials homogenous in order to be sampled. Nothing is harvested or resold.

Gannon & Scott is also only one of a handful of companies recognized by the NSA, DoD, and DSCA to certify-destroy
equipment and devices that handled highly classified materials. According to the NSA and DoD, thermal processing in
conjunction with size-reduction is the most efficient form of certified destruction for electronics and memory.


What about environmental concerns regarding thermally reducing e-waste?

We’ve already thought of that. Our process specifically cleans the emissions created during processing to prevent
releases from the furnaces, which dramatically reduces the number of toxins going into the air and meets all applicable

When we’re the ones handling your e-scrap, you can rest assured that you’ll get the most precious metal recovery value possible
in the industry.


Arizona Adopts New Hazardous Definition

Published 07/16/2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s redefinition of solid waste is now effective in Arizona!

The Grand Canyon State now joins Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Alaska as American states that have adopted this new definition.


What does this mean, and how does it impact you?

Well, it depends. Are you in a state that has adopted the new definition?

You can read on or click this link to our "Explainer Video" to learn more.


HSM Explainer Video


The request to approve the redefinition of hazardous waste (HW) for reclaim has been tied up in courts since the EPA published its final rule back in 2008. The measure was only finalized in 2018, eventually adopted by the handful of states mentioned above.

Here is the new definition, which you can find on the EPA’s website: rule 40CFR §261.4(a)(24)

“Hazardous secondary material (HSM) that is generated and then transferred to another person for the purpose of reclamation is no longer considered a solid waste.”

By that definition, since it is not a solid waste, it is not considered a Hazardous Waste (HW.)

Take, for example, a typical shipment: a cyanide electro-plating solution that contains gold. Suppose it is shipped by a generator located in Arizona to our Gannon & Scott Arizona facility.

In that case, it is no longer considered HW because both the generator and receiver are in Arizona, and the gold will be reclaimed from the solution. This also pertains to any other regulated waste like acids, filters, and resins.




So, reclaim shipments are no longer considered HW, but HSM (hazardous secondary material) – how does that impact you?

If you generate the material in one of the states that have not adopted the definition, you still have to manage the material as an HW.

Suppose you are generating material in a state that has adopted the definition. Congratulations! You can ship as HSM.


Overall, the impact on companies is in the amount of paperwork, red tape, inspections, and money that is required.

• You no longer need to count these shipments on your hazardous waste documentation to the EPA.

• There are No Hazardous Waste generation fees.

• Shipments no longer need to ship on a Hazardous Waste Manifest or on a specifically permitted truck, which also saves you money.

• This is also beneficial for companies with locations in Mexico that ship to our Arizona facility.

• HSM can cross the border in Arizona, Texas, or New Mexico.

• A shipment crossing in Arizona can be at our Phoenix facility within hours after clearing customs.

• Once the material is at the border, foreign labels are removed, and HSM labels are added along with proper DOT labels.

• A Hazardous Materials Bill of Lading (B.O.L.) is generated and can be shipped on a common carrier for Hazardous Materials.


Of course, there are still rules to follow: customs for international shipments, containment requirements, safety training (remember: if HSM leaves its designated container in any way, it immediately becomes an HW.)

However, the most important thing to note is that to take full advantage of this change and work with us, notify the EPA on adding HSM.

You can do that online at any time; it is a straightforward process!




Donna Schupack retires from Gannon & Scott

Published 06/03/2021

“After 27 years of service, it is time for a new chapter in my life.”

Since January of 1994, Donna Schupack has been guiding customers through their precious metal refining process, from helping to arrange deliveries to making sure their final settlements are completed. After fielding countless phone calls, internal conversations, and emails, she is retiring from Gannon & Scott this month.

Donna shared recently, “I will miss the relationships I’ve made. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful people.”

Customers will miss her positive and enthusiastic approach to customer service. “We’re the voice of the customer, and it’s our job to make sure they get the information they need to make sure their business is running effectively,” she notes. Over the past few months, Donna has been spending her time transitioning customers to Susan Barnatowicz and industry veteran Christina Rodrigues. She shares, “I’m confident our customers will be in excellent hands.”

                                                              Donna Schupack


“We’re going to miss her,” said CEO Joe Peixoto. “I’m specifically going to miss how she would come into my office with a customer request or issue; they could not ask for a better advocate. Donna would not leave my office without a solution, and ‘no’ was never an option. She constantly pushed us to be better. We can’t express exactly how much she has meant to Gannon & Scott over the past 27 years.”

“My husband and I have been planning this for a long time, and I will be excited to wake up that first day and “do whatever we want,” said Donna. “Traveling is one of the many items on our bucket list.”

Her favorite memory at Gannon & Scott may indicate what retirement will be like for Donna and her husband. “When I started working here in 1994, I was asked to be on the planning committee for Gannon & Scott’s 75th Anniversary celebration. We went in a limo to the then brand-new Providence Convention Center, where we sampled and selected the menu for the party. It was a great night, and I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to be able to work for such a wonderful company.”

In 2019 Donna celebrated another milestone with Gannon & Scott - their 100th-Anniversary. “I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work here. I am one of the lucky ones that knew Jack Gannon and worked with him for many years. His generosity and concern for his employees were unique and unheard-of in today’s business world. He truly treated all of us like family. Although this is the 6th anniversary of Jack’s passing, he would be proud that his children, Margaret and David, have continued all of his exceptional business philosophies and practices, which includes taking such good care of our customers and employees.”

Is Your Waste Recycler Endangering Your Business?

Published 08/05/2020

Does sending your industrial waste or e-scrap to a precious metals reclaimer ever feel like whistling past the graveyard? It can, if you’re not paying attention to the way that a refiner handles hazardous waste.

Many businesses have found themselves subject to massive fines for environmental damage decades after they sent materials to a refiner for reclamation. While you may be sending out electronic components that don’t present hazardous waste risks, once a recycler processes them, they can become a liability for all parties involved.

For better or worse, just because you’re hiring a third party to dispose of your materials doesn’t  mean your hands are clean of any negligence on their part. We’ll explain why below.

The Long Arm of Liability

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, passed in 1976, gives EPA the authority to control hazard waste from cradle to grave. Meanwhile, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, otherwise known as the Superfund law, gives EPA the power to find the parties responsible for the release of hazardous waste and assure their cooperation in the cleanup. The cornerstone principle is that polluters pay the entire cost of cleanup, to prevent the burden from falling on taxpayers.

So, any parties responsible for the use, transportation, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste are liable for the costs of cleanup. That means you could end up footing a massive bill for environmental damage, even decades beyond your dealings with a refiner.

Just ask any of the hundreds of businesses listed in this court filing from the Southern District of Illinois, thanks to doing business with a now defunct company called Chemetco.

Meet One of EPA’s Most Wanted

Trouble for Chemetco began in 1980, when the Illinois EPA started documenting dozens of environmental violations at the plant. In 1992, the U.S. EPA named Chemetco the country’s leading emitter of airborne lead. And in 1996, EPA discovered a hidden pipe discharging waste into a nearby tributary of the Mississippi River.

Chemetco’s owner at the time, Denis Feron, had ordered the 10” pipe installed in 1986 to connect one of the plant’s wastewater basins to Long Lake, a stagnant tributary of the Mississippi River. Contaminated rainwater and water used in the smelting process were dumped into Long Lake, depositing a 5’ thick toxic layer of zinc, lead, cadmium and copper.
One EPA representative estimated that Chemetco’s smelting operation created at least 900,000 tons of man-made slag.

This violation of the federal Clean Water Act resulted in a fine of $3.8 million, probation for five workers, and a manhunt for Feron, who had fled the country. Chemetco went bankrupt in 2001. Feron was placed on EPA’s 10 Most Wanted List in 2008, but charges were dropped in 2010 when he settled the charges with a $500,000 fine.


The Curse of Chemetco

Cleanup of the 41-acre contaminated property began in 2008, and the site was placed on the Superfund National Priorities List in 2010. In 2011, EPA began identifying parties that were legally responsible for the cleanup costs — including companies that brought materials to Chemetco for processing.

Several of the companies entered into an agreement with EPA in 2015, agreeing to pay for a remedial investigation and feasibility study while EPA continued to identify additional responsible parties. As an EPA attorney stated, “Litigation is driving this cleanup.

Eventually, the EPA will issue a record of decision defining future remedial actions at the site. One estimate suggests that cleanup could continue beyond 2021, requiring millions more dollars to restore the land for redevelopment.

Protect Your Business

In the end, it’s your responsibility to know your industrial waste recycler and hold them accountable for proper disposal. While the Chemetco story is an extreme example, we’re not sharing it for the shock value. We want you to be aware of the risks and diligent about protecting your company.

To learn more about performing due diligence when recycling e-scrap or industrial waste, read our article on how to find a responsible precious metals refiner.

Don’t let the curse of Chemetco happen to you.


Our Commitment to Sustainability

Learn more about how Gannon & Scott handles e-scrap and other hazardous waste by downloading the whitepaper or the data sheet for our proprietary TRu3Tec™ pollution control system. Click here to see our commitment to sustainability.

6 Shipping Mistakes That Reduce Your Refining Returns

Published 07/06/2020

Reclaiming precious metals through refining is a great way to put money back in your business… and sloppy shipping is a great way to reduce your returns. To help ensure your refining lots arrive in one safe and valuable piece, we’ve compiled a list of the top six mistakes that can sabotage your shipments and hurt your revenue.

1. Overloading your containers

We’ve seen some badly overstuffed boxes get to our dock and collapse as soon they’re unloaded. If that happens at our facility, our staff will sweep up as much of the debris as
possible to recover every ounce of your precious metal. But if it happens at another stage in transit, you could lose a fair amount of value.

Remember that freight gets handled many times as shipping trucks pass through terminals, loading and unloading cargo. If your box bursts somewhere in transit, there’s no guarantee the carrier will try to pick up every little bit of lost material.

2. Using wimpy packaging

Here’s a common theme: a customer fills a cardboard box with small parts, the box gets nicked by a forklift in transit, and parts are spilling out the bottom by the time the box arrives at our facility. This can be avoided by using metal drums or wooden crates—just don’t forget to inspect them for weak spots.

If you’re going with cardboard boxes, know that not all gaylord boxes are created equal. Forks can easily penetrate single- or double-walled boxes, so if you’re using cardboard,
make sure it’s triple-walled.


3. Stacking non-stackable pallets

Some people opt to stack pallets to save on shipping costs, since they’re using one pallet space instead of two. But if your shipment includes heavy materials and your pallets aren’t specifically designed to be stacked, you risk breaking the lower pallet and damaging your

If you’re trying to save space, do everything you can to keep your pallet compact. Try stacking an extra row of boxes on top of a pallet, or pack your boxes more densely to
eliminate empty spaces.

4. Shipping everything in your dumpster

As best you can, try to keep plain old garbage out of your refining lots—you should be shipping only recoverable materials. It’s better if a refiner can get to work without having
to first remove extraneous junk, especially if you’re getting charged by the pound for processing. Some refiners will charge higher fees and give you less metal accountability if
your lots are too diluted.

5. Playing the “mystery sender” game

This sounds like a no-brainer, but we’ve received shipments with no identifying
information. Make sure you put a name and phone number on the outside of every box. This
could be your company name or, if you’re concerned about security, the name of an individual. That way, if a box gets orphaned, someone can reach you.

If you’re shipping five boxes, each one needs a reference number and contact info.
Also, if you’re reusing gaylord boxes from another company, please remember to change the identifying info from their info to yours! Yeah, we’ve seen that mistake too.


6. Revealing the contents

Even if you’re shipping low-value material, you never want anybody to see what’s inside your shipment. If you’re sending a gaylord box full of scrap, cover the top with cardboard
and stretch-wrap the entire box to hide the contents. Consider using black stretch wrap for another layer of security.

Also, never write anything on the box that indicates high-value contents. We’ve seen people write “gold scrap” directly on their shipments, which is a great way to let thieves know what’s inside. Even worse, we’ve seen shipments come in open containers with clear plastic wrap, clearly showing the precious metal cargo. Might as well put a neon “Steal Me!” sign on there, too.

Don’t rely on a thief not understanding periodic table abbreviations. A quick Google search for “Au” and your lot could be gone before it leaves the shipping dock.



Shipping Hazardous Waste for Recycling

Published 07/01/2020

Shipping Hazardous Waste Compliance Checklist

For you and for us, things like used plating solutions, filters, and resins represent valuable materials to recover. To the U.S. EPA and DOT, they constitute hazardous waste, or at least regulated recyclable materials. And all hazardous waste generators, from jewelers to electronics manufacturers, bear full responsibility for its storage and transportation.
But when it comes to shipping hazardous waste, many businesses still get a few things wrong.

While EPA regulates onsite hazardous wastes under RCRA, DOT regulates hazardous waste transportation. DOT requires that hazardous waste be classified, described, packaged, marked, labeled, and in condition for shipment according to its guidelines. When you ship materials to a refiner, failing to meet DOT requirements can result in hefty fines, reducing any revenue you generate through precious metal recovery.

By familiarizing yourself with these regulations, you’ll be better equipped to stay within the legal boundaries for shipping hazardous waste. You can also make better choices
for your business, including the companies you partner with for shipping and refining—decisions that can ultimately affect your bottom line.

To help you navigate the regulations and meet DOT shipping requirements, we’ve created the five-step checklist below. Note that steps 3, 4, and 5 include a few of the most common
mistakes we see shippers make.

1. Determine Whether Your Material is Hazardous Waste

DOT defines hazardous waste in 49 CFR part 171.8 as “any material that is subject to the Hazardous Waste Manifest Requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency specified in 40 CFR part 262.” This means that DOT considers your materials to be hazardous waste only if they must be shipped on a manifest under the federal RCRA waste requirements.

To determine whether your material falls under those requirements, answer these questions:

  1. Is it a solid waste, according to the EPA definition?
  2. Is it excluded from regulation under 40 CFR part 261.4?
  3. Does it meet any of the descriptions under the list of hazardous wastes in subpart D of 40 CFR part 261?

Thanks to an exemption in subpart F of 40 CFR part 266, recyclable materials from which “economically significant” amounts of precious metals are recovered are exempt from
full hazardous waste regulation. For your materials to qualify, you must receive an economic return valuable enough to cover the costs of recycling. However, you still have to comply
with all of the shipping requirements listed below, in addition to EPA’s record-keeping requirements.

2. Obtain an EPA ID Number (if you don’t already have one)

The EPA hazardous waste generator identification number allows EPA to track hazardous waste from cradle to grave. Whether or not you need an EPA ID number depends on
how much hazardous waste you generate per month, which determines your hazardous waste generator category.

If you generate more than 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) per month, you are classified as a Large Quantity Generator (LQG) and you must obtain an EPA ID number.

If you’re a Small Quantity Generator (SQG), EPA does not require an ID number, but your state might, so it’s always best to also know the state-specific requirements.

You can find instructions and forms for obtaining an EPA ID number here.  


3. Fill Out the Hazardous Waste Manifest

The Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest is designed to meet both EPA and DOT documentation requirements for shipping hazardous waste. It contains information
about the hazardous materials being transported (classification, reportable quantity, etc.), emergency contact information, the generator’s EPA ID number, and more. If you’re not tired of reading regulatory documents yet, you can find manifest requirements and instructions in Subpart C of 49 CFR part 172.

Fortunately, EPA rolled out the Hazardous Waste E-Manifest System in 2018 to replace its previously paper-intensive process. You can learn more about how the system works at the
EPA website and create an e-manifest using the RCRAInfo site.

Keep in mind, DOT still requires that transporters carry paper copies of the manifest. If you use the e-manifest system, simply print out a copy from the RCRAInfo site. (DOT recognizes electronic signatures specifically for e-manifests.)

Common Mistakes

One of the most frequently cited paperwork violations is a failure to properly describe the hazardous material. Be sure to consult the Hazardous Materials Table for proper shipping
descriptions and classifications, along with guidance for packaging and handling requirements.

For us, the most common mistakes we see on manifests are pretty simple:

  • A shipper forgets to sign the manifest. Happens more than you think!
  • The manifest has the wrong package count, in which case you’ll get a call from us to resolve it.
  • The manifest shows an incorrect quantity of materials in a package, such as how much of a drum is full.

4. Choose the Right Packaging

General requirements for hazardous waste shipments and packaging are covered in 49 CFR 171.2(g) and 49 CFR part 173. DOT also offers a fairly easy to read summary here.

The Hazardous Materials Table in section 3 specifies the type of packaging required for each form of hazardous waste. For some materials, such as lithium cells and batteries, you may be required to use UN performance packaging.

If that’s the case, check out this guide to performance packaging from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This two-page pdf shows you how to interpret codes and markings and includes a convenient list of volume conversion factors.

Common Mistakes

One of the most common shipping mistakes we’ve seen companies make is putting their material in improper packaging. That could mean using a poly drum when a steel drum
is required, or (this one makes us scratch our heads) putting liquids in a cardboard box instead of a drum.



5. Mark & Label Your Packages

This step provides crucial information for transporters, including orientation arrows, the nature of the waste (corrosive, flammable liquid or solid, etc.), shipper’s contact info and ID
number, hazardous material class, and more. DOT requirements for markings are listed in Subpart D of 49 CFR part 172, while labeling requirements are in Subpart E. PHMSA
also provides a handy markings, labeling, and placarding guide with general guidelines and visual examples.

While it’s important to follow the letter of the law when it comes to labeling, use some common sense, too. For instance, labels should be placed in a clear and visible
location on packages—that way, if an emergency response crew needs to get the information contained on a label, it’s quick and easy to find. Likewise, any
markings should be durable, in English, and not obscured by other markings
or labels.

Common Mistakes

There’s just one labeling mistake we see the most often: someone puts the wrong label on the wrong drum. It might seem like a minor slip-up, but the purpose of these labels is to communicate crucial information to everyone who handles your hazardous waste.

One Last Common Mistake

Here’s a word of advice that comes from years of fielding panicked calls from customers: Pay attention to the storage deadline for hazardous waste. EPA puts a limit on how much
hazardous waste you can accumulate onsite before it must be transported to a certified disposal facility. And, as you already know, shipping is hard to arrange at the last minute.

SQGs are allowed to store hazardous waste onsite for 180 days, according to 40 CFR section 262.16, while LQGs are limited to 90 days, per 40 CFR section 262.17. However,
if it’s day 89 and you suddenly realize you need to get the hazardous waste off-site tomorrow, you may not be able to find a shipping company with a suitable truck in the
area. So, we recommend you plan ahead and prearrange shipping, based on your expected hazardous waste accumulation.

Get Higher Returns from Your Sweeps

Published 05/19/2020


You know precious metal fines lurk in every corner of your shop. You scour your work surfaces, clean out your sink traps and even tear up the carpeting every few years, sending it all to a refiner and hoping for a worthwhile return.

But are you doing everything you can to recover that valuable “bonus” metal? Here are five steps to ensure you’re getting value from every square inch of your manufacturing facility.


1. Don’t leave money on the bench.

Maximizing your refining returns starts with maximizing your collection of precious metal debris—in bench sweeps, floor sweeps, polishing dusts, ultrasonic sludge, and other areas.

Here are some tips for capturing as much precious metal as possible:

• Designate vacuum cleaners specifically for collecting bench
and buffer sweeps, so the concentration of precious metals
is not diluted with other debris. Make sure the vacuums use
HEPA filters, which can easily be sent to a refiner.

• Install commercial sink trap systems designed to recover
fine particulates from wastewater.

• Cover wooden floors, which have cracks that easily trap and
hold precious metal fines. Carpets or linoleum flooring work
well, since they can be sent to a refiner for metal recovery.
Consider using carpet remnants in areas that produce large
quantities of dust, like in front of the buffer—you can send out
remnants easily and more often than carpeting.

• Replace wooden bench tops with nonporous material. And
when it’s time to replace the bench, send the old one to the
refiner. Or, if you prefer to keep the wooden top, periodically
sand down the top layer and collect the resulting wood dust.

• Filter solutions from ultrasonics, steamers and plating units.

In Jewelry Metals: A Guide to Working with Common
Alloys, Jim Binnion suggests using a coffee filter to strain used
solution into a container, then using paper towels to wipe the
remaining sludge out of the solution tank. Be sure to include
the coffee filter and paper towels with your sweeps.

• Place floor mats at the exits of work areas that generate
a lot of dust, to collect precious particles from the soles of
shoes. The mats can then be sent out for refining.

• Remember that masks, gloves, aprons, and shop towels can
all collect precious metal fines. Rinse or wash them regularly
in dedicated sinks with filtration systems, and be sure to include them in your refining lot when it’s time to replace them.

2. Invest in professional equipment.

Consider investing in specialized dust collectors and precious
metal recovery systems to maximize your capture of superfine
filings and sweeps. This equipment also helps keep your work
areas clean.

These systems range from compact bench dust collectors to
semi-enclosed work chambers, table-top polishing cabinets,
and high-capacity dust collectors with powerful suction and
ultrafine filters. Recovery systems that are adaptable to various
vacuum units can be more cost-efficient for smaller jewelry
manufacturers. Remember that all vacuum filters, along with
buffing wheels, can be sent to a refiner.

Sometimes, sourcing outside help to collect debris can be
cost-effective. For instance, if you’re not ready to incur the cost
of carpet replacement, you can hire a carpet cleaning service
to do a deep clean and give you the residue

3. Home in on your best sources.

Evaluating your internal systems can help you identify areas
where precious metal collection could be improved. One way
to do this is by segregating material collection into separate
streams and monitoring the results that come back from the
refiner. Are you capturing more or less metal in, say, your
polishing stations or dust collectors? Once you’ve identified
underperforming areas, consider investing in equipment or
processes to improve collection.

Don’t forget the human piece of this equation. It’s crucial to train
your employees in proper collection practices, to ensure they
don’t do things like mopping the floors and dumping wastewater down unfiltered drains. Everyone on the manufacturing floor should understand their impact on, and responsibility for, recovering precious metal debris.

4. Segregate precious metals.

Segregating metals makes your refiner’s job easier and produces a better return. Mixed metals and materials require extra steps in refining, which can result in higher processing costs for the refiner and a smaller payment percentage for you.

• Keep sweeps containing gold and silver separate from
sweeps with platinum group metals (platinum, palladium
and rhodium).

• Segregate higher-grade bench sweeps from lower-grade
floor sweeps—as the precious metal percentage goes
down, so does your return. For instance, you could have
98% gold content in high-grade sweeps, diluted down to
90% by mixing with a low-grade lot. Because it’s more
difficult to separate out the precious metals, the value of
your lot is reduced.

• Remove ferrous metals such as iron and steel from your lots
using high-power rare earth magnets.

• While larger manufacturers may designate separate parts
of their facilities for different types of metal, this isn’t an
option for some smaller shops. In that case, it’s a good idea
to do a deep cleaning as you switch from one metal to the
next, to avoid contamination. Store the debris separately,
adding to the designated lots each time you clean.

Segregating lots by metal types is not always cost-efficient for
small manufacturers, since the fees for processing individual
lots may be greater than the returns. For larger-volume sweeps,
however, it makes good sense to segregate.

5. Don’t get lost in transportation.

While this might sound obvious, we’ve seen sweeps containers
arrive in less than ideal condition, putting the contents—and
the customer’s return—at risk. Make sure containers are tightly
sealed, and consider covering cardboard boxes with plastic
wrap. (We’ve received gaylord boxes that were punctured in
transit and leaking precious materials.) Some manufacturers
ship refining lots in metal drums with serialized tags and
security devices, to ensure the containers stay closed and the
contents are accounted for.

While it’s a good idea to post weights on the outside of each
box or container, avoid writing things like “gold sweeps” or
“high-value lots” (yes, we’ve seen that, too.) For security purposes, it’s better not to tell people what’s inside your containers.

Remember that sweeps containing hazardous materials are
subject to transport regulations. Be sure to work with reputable
transport companies that can help you identify hazardous
materials and abide by the regulations, to protect not just your
sweeps, but also your business.




Recover more. Worry less.

Recovering your precious metals since 1919.


Director of Marketing and Strategic Accounts -John Antonacci

Published 01/07/2020

We at Gannon & Scott are excited to announce that John Antonacci has joined us as our Director of Marketing and Strategic Accounts.


CRANSTON, RI (January, 6th 2020) – John Antonacci has been passionate about marketing since the beginning of his professional career. Over time he has had the opportunity to develop these skills with companies like AJM magazine (now the MJSA journal), Advanced Chemical Company, and Animus Studios, a video marketing company. John was fortunate to acquire additional knowledge by hosting authors, CMO’s and other talented marketers as the co-host of the Podcast “The Video Jungle.”

“In this new position at Gannon & Scott, John’s sales and marketing background coupled with his extensive experience in precious metals makes him the perfect fit. With his expertise, we are looking forward to creating an even stronger presence in the precious metal markets.” George Lucas, VP of Sales and Business Development, Gannon & Scott.
John has served on the Board of Directors for MJSA (Manufacturers Jewelers Suppliers Association) and the Providence Jewelers Club. He has also given marketing seminars at several industry events discussing topics such as “Telling your Brand’s Story” and “Video Marketing Strategies.”
Gannon & Scott serves customers across North America, processing, assaying and recovering precious metals from a range of spent materials at its facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, and Cranston, Rhode Island.

HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award for G&S

Published 11/11/2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes Gannon & Scott for Hiring Veterans

PHOENIX, AZ (November 8, 2019) -The U.S. Department of Labor recognized Gannon & Scott with a 2019 “HIRE Vets” Gold Medallion Award for its veteran hiring and retention practices over the past year. Accepting the award for the company are Laboratory Manager Dana Evans (pictured left), and George Lucas, Vice President of Sales and Business Development -- both U.S. Army veterans.

The award was presented by VETS Deputy Assistant Secretary Sam Shellenberger at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia presented the opening remarks, and the keynote speaker was Major General James W. Bierman Jr., U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Commanding General.

       “We are proud to support our Veterans and pleased to be the first in our industry to receive the HIRE VETS Medallion Award; especially if it raises awareness about the importance of hiring veterans,” said Gannon & Scott President and U.S. Army veteran Chris Jones.

The award recognizes Gannon & Scott’s efforts to recruit, employ and retain veterans.The precious metals refining company serves customers across North America, processing, assaying and recovering precious metals from a range of spent material at its facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, and Cranston, Rhode Island.


Congressional Recognition

Published 09/17/2019

Privileged and Honored today to have a visit by Congressman James Langevin.

Very much appreciate the time he and his staff spent with us and touring our plant.

Most grateful for the Congressional Recognition of our 100th Anniversary milestone.

Thank you for your leadership and service to Rhode Island and The U.S. Congress.

VP of Sales and Business Development -George Lucas

Published 07/17/2019


We at Gannon & Scott are pleased to announce that George Lucas has joined our Cranston, Rhode Island team as Vice President of Sales and Business Development.

Join us in welcoming George to the Gannon & Scott team.



CRANSTON, RI (July 17, 2019) – George Lucas has joined Gannon & Scott Inc. as Vice President of Sales and Business Development. The company serves customers across North America, processing, assaying and recovering precious metals from a range of spent material at its facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, and Cranston, Rhode Island.

Based in New England, Lucas previously served four years as North American Sales Agent for 366 International, which specializes in buying, processing, and recycling precious metals from spent catalytic converters and electronic scrap.

Before joining 366, Lucas was Senior Vice President for Rebuilders Automotive Supply, a leading supplier to the automotive remanufacturing industry. He also served as President of Max-Pax, Inc., a premier plastics manufacturer in New England which specializes in thermoformed parts and packaging for the automotive, jewelry and cosmetic industries among others.

Lucas has been a frequent guest speaker at major industry events including national conventions of the Institute of Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Automotive Recycling Association (ARA), Premium Recycled Parts (PRP), and the annual Hollander Summit. He is a retired U.S. Army Captain and an alumnus of Providence College in Rhode Island.

Welcome Joe Hauser

Published 03/11/2019


Gannon & Scott is pleased to announce the addition of a new Regional Sales Executive, Joe Hauser.


Joe will cover various regions and is based in Cranston, RI.

Marking One Century of Precious Metals Refining Success

Published 01/15/2019

This year Gannon & Scott celebrates 100 years of success in the precious metals refining business. Beginning in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1919, the company built its success on relationships, reclaiming gold and silver for jewelry manufacturers and silversmiths. Today Gannon & Scott offers a wide range of metals refining and assaying services from East and West Coast processing facilities, and in addition to jewelry, serves customers in electronics and industrial manufacturing, plating and surface finishing, defense, aerospace, medical and e-waste recycling.

Welcome Matt Schulde

Published 06/07/2018

Gannon & Scott is pleased to announce the addition of a new Regional Sales Executive, Matt Schulde.

Matt comes with more than 15 years of proven business development experience and will be covering the Northeast and Southeast regions.

Join us in welcoming Matt to the Gannon & Scott team.




CRANSTON, RI – June, 2019 – Matthew G. Schulde of Exeter, Rhode Island, recently joined Gannon & Scott as a Regional Sales Executive at the Cranston-based refiner and assayer of precious metals, covering the Northeast and Southeast regions.

Schulde comes to Gannon & Scott with more than 15 years of proven business development experience. He joined Gannon & Scott from AMN Media/Cannella Media, LLC., where he was responsible for developing strategic partnerships and managing existing relationships. Schulde brings a strong understanding of key client relationship building and business development.

Schulde earned his MA in Communications from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI and his BA from Keene State College in Keene, NH. He is an active Volunteer Firefighter with over 25 years of community service. Matt enjoys spending time with friends and family including his wife, Heather, and son, Maddox; attending youth hockey games, Scouting events and outdoor activities.

New Senior Vice President - Michelle Cullion

Published 05/24/2018


We at Gannon and Scott are pleased to announce that Michelle Cullion has joined our Cranston, Rhode Island team as Senior Vice President.

She will manage the daily operations of the administrative group, compliance requirements, and assist with financial reporting management.

Join us in welcoming Michelle to the Gannon & Scott team.



CRANSTON, RI – May, 2018 – David Deuel, CFO, is pleased to announce that Michelle I. Cullion recently joined Gannon & Scott as Senior Vice President - Administration. She will manage the daily operations of the administrative group, provide metrics and reporting support, and coordinate and manage Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer compliance. She will also assist with financial reporting requirements and managing relationships with banks, vendors and customers.

Cullion holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University.  She also earned her Master of Science in Taxation from Bryant University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2009.  Michelle is a graduate of the 2010 AICPA leadership Academy and a former board member of the RI Society of CPAs. Michelle’s extensive public accounting experience focused on financial statement reporting and taxation issues for both privately held companies and individuals. She was previously with the accounting firm DiSanto, Priest & Co. for more than 10 years.

Michelle and her family live in Richmond, RI.


WJA Tour

Published 04/05/2018

Gannon & Scott would like to shout out an extra special thanks to the Providence Women's Jewelry Association for coming in and touring our refining plant. We very much appreciated Chapter President Kerilyn Rodi and Past President Kim Michalik for arranging the event.

Thank you all for taking the time and being so interested in our company.

Providence Women's Jewelry Association

Matt Fischer's Retirement

Published 03/23/2018

It is with both great excitement and a little sadness that Gannon & Scott announces the retirement of longtime Engineering Manager, Matthew J. Fischer.

Matt began his career with Gannon & Scott in 2001, bringing with him extensive metal refining experience and knowledge from his many years at Handy & Harman.

During his career at Gannon & Scott, Matt managed a number of major projects.

However, none were larger or more transformative than the Cranston Expansion Project, a multi-year endeavor culminating with the opening of our Sharpe Drive facility in Cranston, RI.

Under his direction, the multi-million dollar TRu3Tec Thermal Reduction Furnace and Pollution Control System, was designed, fabricated, and installed at the new facility, not only revolutionizing Gannon’s burning capabilities but also taking the company’s environmental sustainability initiatives to the next level.

In addition to providing Gannon & Scott with an unmatched production capability, the size, scope and sophistication of the pollution control system is the part that Matt was most proud of.

Click Here to request more information on the TRu3Tec Thermal Reduction System that Matt made possible.

As tribute to his efforts in coordinating this major project, there still hangs a placard above the new Thermal Reduction System (TR-3, which Matt designed), dubbing the location the “Fischer TRail”.


Everyone at Gannon & Scott wishes Matt the very best of luck in his retirement, and thank him in earnest for his tremendous contributions to the company’s success over the years.


We are proud to be able to call him a member of the Gannon & Scott family.

We hope that all of Matt’s TRails ahead are happy ones.