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Steel Recycling – A Question Of Balance

The Scrap Steel Dilemma

As we watch the price of scrap steel being driven down again this month, we really have to wonder how much lower prices could possibly fall.

Once the cost of handling, processing and transporting the material becomes greater than its value, it is then an expense and we can’t pay for it anymore. At some facilities in North America, this has already happened.

Ferrous metal recovery and recycling is a very capital intensive part of the scrap metal industry. As a result,...

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Steel Prices Remain Low

Those of you who scrap steel on a regular basis are probably wondering when the alarmingly low steel prices will reach the end of that cycle.

Although we wish we had better news, the reality is that it doesn’t appear we will see a significant turnaround for a little while yet.

There is really a lot at play here and the stakes are quite large.

Over the past number of months, giant shredders have been idled at a few scrap locations and overcapacity at the product end is also causing concern.

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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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