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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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With the universal presence of the Internet, the ubiquity of smart mobile devices, the astronomical growth of invasive social media and the plethora of interactive technologies these all bring with them, the level of scrutiny under which individuals and businesses operate today is staggering.

There is not a heck of a lot we can do to avoid this scrutiny and once information is out there it is pretty much out there everywhere and for the foreseeable future.

Is this new transparency a good thing...

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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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Talk to almost any business owner and they will tell you that one of their greatest frustrations is finding the right people and then retaining them.

We have been extremely fortunate at Peel Scrap Metal to have been able to source and retain a core group of very competent individuals. Customers notice this in the way they handle and grade material and through their ability to answer questions and address any concerns. Consumers (the people we sell to) and suppliers notice this as well.

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On our electronics bin at the Environmental Awareness Day in Oakville earlier this month, we hung a sign that read: “Doing The Right Thing Made Easy.” It is a headline that we have used in some of our transit campaigns.

The elements we like about that line are: A) that it encourages people to recycle by reminding them of the importance of getting into that habit, and B) it tells them that we are conveniently located in their community and not a lot of effort is really required to divert their...

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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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Steel…The True Superman of Metals

You might be surprised to learn that steel is the most widely used and most recycled metal on the planet. To give you some idea of the scope, more steel is recycled in the U.S. each year than paper, plastic, aluminum and glass combined.

Within our economy, the steel industry clearly plays a significant role.  Statistics for 2010 indicate that, in Canada, we produced 13 million tons of steel and sold more than 12 billion dollars of product of which more than 6 billion dollars worth was exported....

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As we have intensified our efforts to collect end-of-life electronics, we have marveled at the vast array of equipment that has been packed away in basements, warehouses and storage facilities all over the GTA. Word processors, typewriters, black and white televisions, stereo and high fidelity equipment, computers, beepers, telecommunications equipment, printers and other peripherals, clunky portable phones that weren’t very smart and the list goes on.

The amazing thing about all this ‘stuff’...

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Recycling has been around for a quite a while. We know this because archeologists have discovered that in periods when resources were scarce they find less waste at archeological sites. In fact, researchers suggest that recycling may date back as far as 400 BC. They also suggest that the Romans were active in recycling. Plato is often cited as a strong advocate.

Many Kinds of Recycling It wasn’t just metals that were recycled. Along the way processes were developed like those to recycle...

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What is it about October that seems to bring out the worst in the financial landscape?

The volatility in the markets has continued in force this week. At the time we are writing this blog, the  price of metals has taken a significant beating, including copper which has fallen about 25% over the last three weeks alone. Additionally, the Canadian dollar has been driven down about 10% against the U.S. currency since its peak in July and the Toronto Stock Exchange, with its heavy exposure to...

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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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