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6490 S. McCarran Blvd
Bldg. C, Suite 23
Reno, NV 89510


Made in Nevada: Itronics

 



RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Dr. John Whitney says he developed a process no one else can re-create. His Reno-based company named Itronics turns old circuit boards into usable gold, silver and other precious metals.

The discovery started with a problem that was killing fish in the Truckee River. Developing pictures produces photographic waste. The most toxic substance is liquid silver. It was dumped into the Truckee river before 1986.

Dr. Whitney's process pulls almost all the silver from the photographic liquid, neutralizing its harmful effect on fish and the environment.

"It's a completely new process. Never been done before," Dr. Whitney said.

Photographic waste comes from places like Gordon's Photo Service near Trader Joe's in Reno.

At one time the waste was stored indefinitely in the ground or diluted and released back into the environment, but now Gordon's Photography stores all the waste in large drums. Itronics transports the photographic waste to a facility in north Reno, where the silver is removed through a secret chemical process.

The silver is then added to a stew of ground up circuit boards and heated to at least 2,100 degrees for up to 20 hours. The silver acts as a sponge, pulling gold palladium, copper and other precious metals from the molten brew.

The molten mix is poured into a cone-shaped mold, where the precious metals sink to the bottom before cooling into a hard glass-like rock. It's turned upside-down and the smallest tip is knocked off with a hammer. What you get is called a bullion puck.

Four bullion pucks are remelted and refined once again to produce a shipping bar. It can be sold back into the market. The metals could very likely be turned into a watch or ring at a jewelry store.

This process actually brings in less than 10 percent of iTronic's earnings. The bulk of the company's economic power comes from what it does with the photographic waste after the toxic liquid silver is removed.

Another secret process Dr. Whitney developed transforms the remaining photographic waste into fertilizer.

"The results are beyond Miracle Grow. You'll get two to three times the volume to tomatoes and other vegetables," said Scott Terrell, who uses the fertilizer with the brand name of GOLD'n GRO. It's shipped by the truckload more than 200 miles southwest to this fertilizer dealer in Vernalis, California.

Tom Lopez is the branch manager for Crop Production Services. "It's great. It's taking a waste product and making a resource," he said.

GOLD'n GRO is mixed with other fertilizers to give almond, wine grape and walnut farmers in California the exact nutrients their fields need. "It gets good results; that's the bottom line. They want results," Lopez said.

Dr. Whitney says he will share the process, but is waiting to find the right partner. Until then, the process will remain in northern Nevada.

Itronics gets its circuit boards from New-To-You Computers. People and businesses donate their old computers to the company. If a computer can't be refurbished, it's dismantled by one of 40 disabled workers.

"I take things apart. I did the fans. Take the fans out and then I take the motherboards out," said New-To-You Computers employee Allen Wilson.

In the last 18 years, New-To-You Computers processed 1.5 million pounds of e-waste. Itronics started picking up bins of circuit boards about a year ago.

You can donate your old computer by dropping it off at 50 Greg Street #103 in Sparks.

You can also buy some of Dr. Whitney's fertilizer. Just go to Amazon.com and type in "GOLD'n GRO". You must spell the product's name just like it appears in the previous sentence or the search will not lead you to the product.

 

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11/20/18 - Itronics Inc. (OTC:ITRO), a diversified producer of GOLD’n GRO zinc fertilizers and silver products and a green “Zero Waste” technology development Company, today announced sales results and summarized its operations and growth projects for the third quarter and first nine months ended September 30, 2018.

11/13/18 - Itronics Completes Successful Start Up Tests of Centrifuge to Eliminate Production Bottleneck in Its Hydromet Processes

10/23/18 - Itronics Discovers Surface 0.4 Ounce per ton Gold and Surface 5 Percent Copper at its Nevada Auric Fulstone Gold Silver Zinc Copper Project

10/19/18 - The Morgan Report to Interview Dr. John Whitney November 2nd on Itronics Inc. E-Waste Urban Mining Breakthrough Technology

10/02/18 - Itronics Expands GOLD’n GRO Sales Team to Improve Field Support for Its California Distributor

09/20/18 - Itronics President Dr. John Whitney Guest Speaker at Prestigious Resource Recovery Conference; Discusses Itronics’ Breakthrough “Zero Waste” Technologies

09/11/18 - Itronics’ Breakthrough Technology to Clean Cyanide out of Leached Mining Materials and to Extract Silver, Gold and Other Valuable Metals is Detailed

09/06/18 - Mineral extraction pioneer rethinks metallurgy

09/06/18 - Itronics Takes Delivery of Centrifuge to Eliminate Bottleneck in its Hydromet Processes

08/30/18 - Itronics Begins KAM-Thio Tests to Recover Silver and Gold From High Grade Mineralized Rock

08/21/18 - Itronics E-Scrap Circuit Board Supplier, New2U Computers, Receives “Responsible Recycling” R2:2013 Certification

08/08/18 - “Imagine a World Without Waste” Dr. John Whitney, CEO, Itronics Inc. Is Doing Just That

07/17/18 - Itronics to Begin Testing of Centrifuge Technology for Its Hydromet Processes

07/10/18 - Itronics Increases Silver Content of Its Bullion by 50 Percent

06/19/18 - Itronics New E-Scrap Grinder Increases Furnace “per Melt” Yield by More Than 50 Percent

06/12/18 - Itronics President, Dr. Whitney, Invited Guest at Comstock Mining Annual Meeting of Stockholders

06/05/18 - Itronics Reports 2018 First Quarter Total Revenues and Provides Updates on Current Operations and Growth Projects

05/10/18 - Itronics Shares KOLO-TV News Story- MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon

05/03/18 - Itronics Announces: Positive Results From KAM-Thio Tests With Comstock Mining to Recover Silver, Gold While Neutralizing Cyanide

05/01/18 - Itronics Announces Exclusive Option to Purchase 48 Acre, 54,000 Square Foot Manufacturing Facility

04/17/18 - Itronics’ Breakthrough Technology to Extract Gold, Silver, Palladium, Copper and Tin From Computer Wastes Proving Out in Tests

04/03/18 - Itronics Increased E-Scrap Grinding Capacity Will Impact Revenue

03/27/18 - Itronics Takes Delivery of Commercial Scale Grinder to Increase E-Scrap Grinding Capacity

01/23/18 - Itronics Reports 78 Percent Sales Increase in Fourth Quarter and a 29 Percent Increase for 2017

01/11/18 - Itronics Selected as One of 10 Most Sustainable, Green/Earth Friendly Businesses in Northern Nevada

01/04/18 - Gold In E-waste Valued at $22 Billion Thrown Away In 2016, New Study Shows

12/14/17 - Itronics Reports Positive Results From KAM-Thio Tests to Recover Silver, Gold and Neutralize Cyanide From Leached Mine Tailings

11/30/17 - Itronics Purchases Commercial Scale Grinder to Increase E-Scrap Grinding Capacity

11/07/17 - Itronics Increases Per Melt Silver Bullion Production by 24 Percent Using E-Scrap as a Refining Melt Ingredient

10/26/17 - Itronics Reports 2017 Nine Month Sales Increase Of 19 Percent; Updates Operations Expansion And Diversification Progress

10/03/17 - Itronics President Dr. John Whitney to Attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling Fall Meeting; Key Recycling Leaders Worldwide

09/14/17 - Itronics President Dr. John Whitney to Speak About Breakthrough E-Scrap Refining Technology at Prestigious Resource Recovery Conference

09/06/17 - Itronics Reports 2017 First Half Revenue Increase of 28 Percent; Operations, Expansion and Diversification Updated

08/30/17 - Itronics Updates Its Fulstone Gold, Zinc, Silver, Lead, Copper, And Molybdenum Exploration Project

08/15/17 - Itronics Ships Silver-Copper Bearing Glass Produced by Its Breakthrough Technology in E-Scrap Refining

08/08/17 - Itronics Begins Tests to Recover Silver and Gold From Leached Mine Tailings and From Virgin Ore Using Its KAM-Thio Technology

07/20/17 - Itronics Reports 2017 First Quarter Total Revenues and Updates Operations Expansion and Diversification Progress

07/11/17 - Itronics GOLD'n GRO Fertilizer Sales up 35 Percent in Second Quarter

06/22/17 - Itronics GOLD’n GRO Fertlizer Sales Up 23 percent in January-May 2017

06/20/17 - Dr. John Whitney, Itronics President, To Speak at Colorado School of Mines on Recycling Metals from Industrial Waste

06/06/17 - KOLO8 NEWS - Made in Nevada: Itronics

05/26/17 - Itronics Recycling Computer Boards- MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon

05/23/17 - Itronics Expands Silver Bullion Production Using E-scrap

05/02/17 - Itronics Updates Breakthrough E-Scrap Recycling Progress

03/30/17 - Itronics Reports 2016 Sales and Updates Operations Expansion and Diversification Progress

03/16/17 - Itronics Announces Stable, Long Term Storage Breakthrough for GOLD'n GRO Micronutrient Fertilizers

03/14/17 - Itronics' Early 2017 GOLD'n GRO Fertilizer Orders up 54 Percent

03/12/17 - MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon - John Whitney, Ph.D., CEO

01/17/17 - Itronics Ships Silver Bullion Produced by "Break-Through" Technology in E-Scrap Refining

12/13/16 - Itronics Reports 2016 Third Quarter Sales up 13 Percent

11/15/16 - Itronics Develops Breakthrough Technology That Separates Copper and Silver Recovered by New E-Waste Refining Process

11/07/16 - Reno-based Itronics scales up leach reactor plant

11/07/16 - Itronics completes installation of scale-up of its Pilot Leach plant

11/01/16 - Itronics Completes Installation of a Five Times Scale up of Its Pilot Leach Plant

10/24/16 - Itronics Third Quarter 2016 GOLD'n GRO Fertilizer Sales up 17 Percent

09/15/16 - Itronics July-August 2016 GOLD'n GRO Fertilizer Sales Up 62 Percent

09/13/16 - Itronics Reports 2016 First Half Total Revenues and Updates Operations Expansion and Diversification Progress

08/09/16 - Itronics Completing Five Times Scale Up of Its Pilot Plant, Producing Silver Concentrates for Refining and Raw Materials for GOLD'n GRO Fertilizer

08/02/16 - Itronics Now Producing Elemental Sulfur, a New Product

07/26/16 - Rising Metals Values Pull Minerals Producer Into E-Scrap Refining

07/21/16 - Silver lining > Dr. John Whitney is the inventor of a fertilizer made from recycled materials

07/15/16 - Itronics Starts Silver Refining Campaign to Measure Recovery of Gold and Palladium From E-Scrap

07/08/16 - Upticknewswire - Itronics Inc. John W. Whitney

07/08/16 - Investor Town Hall - Itronics, Inc - CEO Dr. John A. Whitney

07/07/16 - Itronics Publishes 2016 Corporate Profile

06/14/16 - Itronics Completes E-Waste Grinder Installation; E-Waste Can Be Profitable Venture

06/10/16 - Dr. John W. Whitney on MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon

05/20/16 -  WallStreet Research Featured Company: Itronics Inc.

04/28/16 - Dr. John W. Whitney on MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon

04/19/16 - Itronics Reports 2016 First Quarter Total Revenues and Updates Operations Expansion and Diversification Progress

04/07/16 - Itronics updates operation results, reports 2015 sales (Reno Gazette-Journal)

03/31/16 - Dr. John W. Whitney on MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon

01/20/16 - Itronics Updates Operation Results and Reports Full Year 2015 Sales

01/07/16 - Itronics' 2015 Fourth Quarter GOLD'n GRO Fertilizer Sales Increased 26 Percent; Full Year Fertilizer Sales up

12/08/15 - Itronics Obtains Funding for Installation and Start up of a New Leach Reactor System

11/19/15 - Itronics Updates Operation Results; Reports Nine Month 2015 Sales

11/12/15 - Itronics Completes Installation and Start Up of New Glass Slag Crusher and Crushed Glass Screening Machine in Its Silver Refinery

10/29/15 - Itronics Reports First Nine Months 2015 GOLD'n GRO Fertilizer Sales Volume Increase; Revenues Down Slightly

10/27/15 - Itronics Wins Manufacturing Excellence Award

10/06/15 - Itronics Ships First Silver Produced by Its New Refining Technology



 

 


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