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Spoiled by a successive number of mild winters, this winter has been one of the worst we have seen in some time. Although we are an all- weather sport, the severe cold and storms have been hard on both our employees and equipment and hasn’t done much to encourage scrappers to get out there and find metal for recycling. At time of writing, we are expecting wind chills in the order of minus 29 degrees Celsius overnight and 10 to 15 cm of snow!

But something else has gone amuck out there too. If...

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Welcome to 2013! We hope you enjoyed the Holiday Season.

Perhaps as one of your new year’s resolutions, you have decided to clean-up and recycle some of the odds and ends around the house or business. You can put your junk in your trunk and just head off to one of our locations in either Mississauga or Oakville. Or, you can consider what could be done to add value to your scrap metal and ensure that the trip is as worthwhile as possible.  

Our conveniently located Mississauga and Oakville...

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#1 Copper. A hot commodity in the worlds of both recycling and finance.

Copper is certainly one of the most favoured commodities that our customers like to trade with us. At current prices of around $3.25/lb for millberry (brite, copper wire) and $3.10/lb for no 1 copper even a small amount of weight adds up very quickly.

This is particularly handy at this time of year and in fact, many people will accumulate copper material and sell it to us in time to coincide with the gift giving season...

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Peel Is Getting Baghoused!

It's Not as Scary As It Sounds

At the moment, we are in the process of installing new and very powerful air pollution control equipment at our wire processing facility.

Commonly referred to as a ‘baghouse’, this equipment is much more than a gigantic vacuum cleaner. Baghouse systems are specifically engineered and set up to manage different dust producing applications. Systems of this type are in use across a wide range of industries including: foundry and steel operations, pharmaceutical...

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On the Natural Resources Canada Website, the government points out that in this country it is estimated that 15 million tons of non-ferrous and ferrous metal scrap are recycled each year.

In the U. S.,  ISRI (the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries) states that in the U.S. enough ferrous scrap is recycled that if put in rail cars, it would stretch in a line for 11,349 miles or half way around the planet. In addition, about 6.6 million tons of non-ferrous scrap were recovered in 2007 –...

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If you look through some of the literature on copper, you might be surprised to learn that copper is often referred to as the metal with a PHD in economics. A bellweather for the base metals, it is highly sensitive to economic trends and therefore closely tied to the business cycle.

As a vital raw material in construction, electronics and power transmission, the theory is that the price of copper is the canary in the coal mine - a harbinger of what is going to come next. Rising copper...

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Recent Posts

The Only Resource On The Planet That Is Not In Decline

If you haven’t figured this out, there is no need to be embarrassed.  The answer is not a word that we would commonly put in the same sentence as resource.”

Resources have a special place in our ecological wordspeak. They are aligned with Mother Earth, sustainability, ecosystems and a host of other soothing terms we use to describe the types of positive synergies and interrelationships between ourselves and our environment. 

These are all ideas we are trying to achieve before we manage to...

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The Dvorkin Family –– A Century In Scrap Metal

The history of our family in the Scrap Metal Industry begins with my Grandfather,  David Dvorkin, who arrived in Calgary from Russia in 1912.  In 1918 he started Western Hide & Fur and his children arrived in Calgary in 1922.

Ted Dvorkin, who was David’s oldest son started working for his father at the age of thirteen in the mid-1920s. He was taught to sort such things as furs, rags, bottles, animal bones, scrap steel, cast iron, copper, brass and a number of other items so that they could be...

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The Electric Vehicle Conundrum - Problemas Dilemnas

 On the way in to work the other day, the host on the radio station spoke of the frustration of a man in Toronto who couldn’t get a permit to build an EV (electric vehicle) charging station outside his home. This despite the city’s green guidelines which encourage electric vehicles, despite the large incentives offered by the province of Ontario to buy electric vehicles and the willingness of this individual to invest a large sum of money in new technology. He was intending to buy a Model S...

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