At Phibro, we also serve the agricultural industry with plant nutrition solutions.  Global population growth combined with limited land and water resources make it more important than ever to maximize crop yields.  Phibro’s plant nutrition portfolio of products offers a variety of solutions to help support the growing demand that producers strive to meet every day.

Our diverse mineral portfolio includes a wide array of trace elements comprised of various forms of zinc, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, cobalt, selenium, iodine, sodium and chlorine. We also offer custom trace mineral premixes, colorants, and flow agents, as well as our GemStone® line of highly soluble organic trace minerals.

Our production facilities include Quincy, IL, Omaha, NE and Chillicothe, IL.  Our extensive sourcing capabilities combined with the Quincy, IL plant location on the Mississippi River offer a distinct competitive advantage for your micronutrient business needs.  Most importantly, our deep understanding of how quality minerals are processed is the foundation to our decades-long tradition of providing quality products and services.

In today’s environment, understanding the source of minerals and ensuring their quality is essential.  Quality influences every decision we make. Phibro developed the Dynamic Quality Assurance® program , which provides added security and inspires confidence that our products help contribute to healthy, high yielding crops, which help provide an affordable food supply.

For more information on how Phibro can support your plant nutrition micronutrient needs contact Lance Brillon at 630-310-4449 (cell) or

An ERS Waste Profile Form must be submitted for all manifested wastes.

An ERS Material Profile Form must be submitted for all non-RCRA regulated materials that will be shipped to Phibro-Tech on a bill of lading.

When submitting a profile, please attach a copy of all MSDS forms associated with the material to be recycled. For mixtures, several MSDS forms may be required. The MSDS information is also needed to complete the profile accurately and is a great aid to Phibro-Tech’s lab staff when analyzing the sample.

Please contact the nearest Phibro-Tech ERS Sales Office with any questions or call 201-329-7300. Forms (see above) and sample containers are also available.

We provide transportation and disposal services for hazardous and non-hazardous waste material. The following tables displays the products we cover, as well as descriptions recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Product Material Description DOT Description
Copper sulfate (crystal) A blue crystal solid, often wet with sulfuric acid and containing traces of
other metals. Generated by a centrifuge or crystallizer used to recover spent
peroxide-sulfuric micro-etch solution in a printed circuit shop. Also produced
by copper and brass fabricators using peroxide-sulfuric based pickle solution or bright dip.
RQ UN3077 Environmentally Hazardous Substance Solid, 9, PG III

Note: Bulk shipments also require the words “marine pollutant”

Copper sulfate (solution) (Micro-etch and Brass) – A blue solution containing sulfuric acid and traces of other
metals. It is produced by circuit board micro-etchants (peroxide-sulfuric and sodium
or ammonium persulfate based) or acid copper sulfate plating solution. Can also be a
copper plating tank strip or a bright dip for copper or brass.
RQ UN3264, Corrosive Liquid, Acidic, Inorganic, N.O.S. (sulfuric acid, cupric
sulfate), 8, PG IINote: Bulk shipments also require the words “marine pollutant”
Copper (cupric) chloride solution A green-black solution containing hydrochloric acid and containing traces of other
metals. Used primarily to etch printed circuit boards but may also be generated by
copper fabricators as a bright dip or pickle solution.
Oxford. Spent cupric chloride (Oxford process)
RQ UN2802, copper chloride solution, 8, PG IINote: Bulk shipments also require the words “marine pollutant”Chlorine. Spent cupric chloride (chlorine process)
RQ UN3264, corrosive liquid, acidic, inorganic, n.o.s. (hydrochloric
acid, copper chloride), 8, PG II
F006 Sludge
Spent copper hydroxide and/or nickel hydroxide
F006 with only nickel (and traces of other metals) will be bright green. F006 with
only copper (and traces of other metals) will be bright blue or very black. This waste
stream should be profiled on a case-by-case basis, since the metals analysis can be so
variable. Generated by the waste water treatment system. At plants processing various
metals, a segregated batch waste water treatment system is more likely to generate a
sludge suitable for recycling.
RQ UN3077, environmentally hazardous substance, solid, N.O.S.
(Copper Hydroxide and/or nickel hydroxide), 9, PG III
Nitric Acid
Spent copper nitrate solution
A dark blue solution containing nitric acid and traces of other metals. At
printed circuit shops the solution is used to strip plating racks. If the
racks have only copper on them, the spent solution is more useful. Stripping
racks that also have solder on them, along with copper, is less useful for
recycling. Nitric acid with copper is also generated by copper fabricators
doing bright dipping or pickling.
RQ UN3264, corrosive liquid, acidic, inorganic, N.O.S. (copper nitrate,
nitric acid), 8, PG II
Spent Solder (tin) stripper A solution containing nitric acid or ammonium bifluoride and tin and lead. There
are various formulas for solder (tin) strippers. The one Phibro-Tech is most
interested in is the nitric acid product. The profile form must distinguish the
type of stripper to be accepted.
RQ UN3264, waste corrosive liquid, acidic, inorganic, N.O.S. (Contains nitric
acid, and/or tin, tin-lead, and/or ammonium bifluoride and/or ferric nitrate),
8, PG II
Spent Alk-Cu-Strip® copper etchant Dark blue solution with a strong ammonia odor, containing copper and traces of
other metals. Alk-Cu-Strip is a Phibro-Tech proprietary product. Other chemical
companies make similar ammonia-based copper etchants and strippers. Generated by
aerospace and automotive companies and their subcontractor platers and heat treaters.
Used to strip copper from heat treated parts (nitriding, carbo-nitriding, and
RQ UN3266, corrosive liquid, basic, inorganic, N.O.S., (copper tetraamine dichloride),
8, PG II
Spent Ferric chloride solution A dark brown-green solution containing hydrochloric acid and various metals.
Used as an etchant for copper, stainless steel and other metals. Only recycled
at Phibro-Tech Santa Fe Springs, CA.
RQ UN 2582, waste ferric chloride solution, 8, PG III
Spent alkaline etchant A dark blue solution with a strong ammonia odor, containing copper and traces
of other metals. Spent alkaline etchant recycling is included in the sale of
fresh etchant products.
RQ UN3266, corrosive, liquid, basic, inorganic, N.O.S., (copper tetraamine
dichloride), 8, PG II
Miscellaneous inorganic acid or base Wastes are treated and disposed of. Recycling only on a case-by-case basis. Miscellaneous Inorganic Acid or Base (DOT descriptions will vary, depending on
exact chemical composition)
Nickel plating solution and nitric acid strip Nickel plating solution and nitric acid strip – a dark green solution. Nickel
plating solution contains nickel sulfate and nickel chloride or nickel sulfamate.
Any type of electrolytic nickel plating solution is acceptable. Nickel plating
solution is generated primarily by plating shops and to a small extent by printed
circuit shops. At electrolytic plating shops nitric acid is used to strip plating
racks. The racks may have copper, nickel, and chromium on them or just nickel and
chromium. In either case, the spent nitric acid is useful for recycling. Phibro-Tech
has a proprietary recovery process for nitric acid containing copper and nickel.
Nitric acid used to strip nickel from stainless steel or aluminum parts is also
useful for recycling.
Spent Nitric Acid Rack Strip
RQ UN3264, Corrosive liquid, acidic, inorganic, N.O.S., (Nitric Acid, Nickel
and/or Copper Nitrate), 8, PG IISpent nickel chloride and/or nickel sulfate solutionsRQ UN3082, environmentally hazardous substance, liquid, N.O.S., (nickel chloride
and/or nickel sulfate solution), 9, PG III


To download a Material Profile or Waste Profile form, click here.

Our Industrial Chemical line includes a broad range of products. With years’ of experiencing in sourcing products across the world, we invite you to contact PhibroChem for locating and supplying specialty or hard to find products.

Copper and Nickel Chemistries

  • Copper Acetate
  • Copper Carbonate
  • Copper Pyrophosphate
  • Copper Sulfate
  • Cupric Chloride
  • Cuprous Chloride
  • Nickel Acetate Dry
  • Nickel Carbonate
  • Nickel Chloride
  • Nickel Sulfate Crystals
  • Nickel Sulfamate

Special Industrials

  • Allyl-Glycidl Ether
  • Ammonium Bifluoride
  • Ammonium Chloride
  • Ammonium Persulfate
  • Cobalt Sulfate Crystal
  • Dicyandiamide
  • Fluoboric Acid
  • Formic Acid
  • Lead Fluoborate
  • Magnesium Chloride
  • Oxalic Acid
  • P-Toluene Sulfonic Acid
  • Perhexa Specialty Peroxides
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone
  • Potassium Monopersulfate
  • Potassium Persulfate
  • Sodium Bifluoride
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Sodium Formaldehyde Sulfox
  • Sodium Hydrosulfite
  • Sodium Percarbonate
  • Sodium Persulfate
  • Sodium Thiosulfate Penta
  • Vinyl Chloroacetate (VCA)
  • Stannous Fluoborate
  • Zinc Sulfate Monohydrate

Water Treatment (NSF.ANSI 60)

  • Sodium Fluorosilicate
  • Poly Acrylamide
  • Fluorosilicic Acid

PhibroChem, the exclusive U.S supplier of Cyplus GmbH cyanide products, has provided potassium and sodium cyanide to the metal finishing industries since 1947. A full line of mixed metal cyanides including copper, potassium copper, sodium copper and zinc are also available.
PhibroChem offers chromic acid and chromic based derivatives through its long-standing supply relationship with Şişecam. Şişecam is recognized as a world leader in the production of high quality chromic acid. We invite you to review PhibroChem’s specialty line of metal finishing products.

Cyanide Chemistries

PhibroChem is the exclusive supplier of Cyplus’ sodium and potassium cyanide products lines to the U.S. market. Since 1947, PhibroChem has imported, stored and distributed Cyplus’ German produced cyanide into metal plating, industrial manufacturing and the pharmaceutical industries. Cyplus GmBH, a subsidiary of Evonik, is regarded as the leading global manufacturer of cyanide products. Multiple manufacturing facilities including locations in Germany and Mexico supported by PhibroChem’s experienced sales staff, technical support and multiple warehouse locations offers the most comprehensive and reliable cyanide sourcing option in the industry.
PhibroChem’s offers Cyplus’ sodium and potassium cyanide products and a complete line of mixed metal cyanides to the U.S. market.

  • Sodium Cyanide
  • Potassium Cyanide
  • Copper Cyanide
  • Potassium Copper Cyanide
  • Sodium Copper Cyanide
  • Zinc Cyanide

Chromic Acid

For over 20 years PhibroChem has partnered with Şişecam for supply of chromic acid (Chromium Trioxide) into the US market. In chromium chemicals, Şişecam is regarded as the leading sodium dichromate, basic chromium sulfate and chromic acid producer in the world, with manufacturing facilities in Turkey and Italy. Established in 1969, Şişecam offers the experience, capacity and quality required to meet the most exacting specification requirements for your metal finishing needs.

Other Products

  • Alk-U Strip Copper Stripper
  • Copper Fluoborate
  • Copper Oxychloride
  • Copper Sulfate
  • Methane Sulfonic Tin Concentrate
  • Methane Sulfonic Acid
  • Nickel Chloride solution
  • Nickel Sulfamate
  • Nickel Sulfate Solution
  • Potassium Ferricyanide
  • Stannous Chloride
  • Stannous Sulfate
  • Veratraldehyde

We recycle over 60 million pounds per year of spent materials and have an excellent environmental track record. To maximize these services to our customers, we maintain our own comprehensive private transportation system, comprised of both rail capabilities and truck fleet.

We are fully insured with both general liability and Environmental Impairment Liability insurance. As one of the largest hydrometallurgical recyclers in North America, our plants are fully permitted at the federal, state and local levels.

In addition to printed circuit-board manufacturers, we specialize in recycling inorganic, metal-bearing waste generated by various metal-working industries, such as electroplating, chemical-milling, aerospace and semiconductor. Our combined expertise in waste recovery, basic chemicals and end-use chemical processes gives our customers better overall service and products.

To learn more and obtain forms for our environmental recovery services, choose from the following:
•Material list
•Profile and waste forms

  • Ac-Cu-Fine 9
  • Alk-Cu-Strip Part A High Speed
  • Alk-Cu-Strip Part A Regular
  • Alk-Cu-Strip Part B Regular
  • Cupric Chloride Starter
  • High Speed Ac-Cu-Guard Plus Replenisher
  • High Speed Ac-Cu-Guard Starter
  • PF Etchant
  • Ferric Chloride
  • Ferric Chloride 42 Degree Baume Etchant – FeCl3
  • Ferric Chloride 45 Degree Baume Etchant – FeCl3
  • Ferric Chloride 48 Degree Baume Etchant – FeCl3
  • Copper (Cupric) Oxide – Dustless – CuO
  • Copper (Cupric) Oxide Dustless EPA – CuO
  • Copper (Cupric) Oxide Technical Grade – CuO
  • Copper Sulfate Liquid
  • Copper carbonate
  • Copper Carbonate Light – CuCO3.Cu(OH)
  • Copper Carbonate Dense – CuCO3.Cu(OH)
  • Copper Carbonate Technical – CuCO3.Cu(OH)
  • Copper Cake
  • Nickel Cake
  • Tin Cake