Commonly Purchased Metals & Alloys

Aluminum • Copper • Brass • Insulated Wire • Stainless Steel • Nickel • Nickel Alloys • Titanium • Zinc • Lead • Carbide • Radiators • Transformers • Ballasts • Electric Motors • Lead Acid Batteries • End of Life Electronics • Cast Iron • Auto Cast • Steel

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Our Holiday Hours & Holiday Greeting All In One

No matter how you celebrate this wonderful holiday season, we sincerely wish you all the best.

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Over the last two weeks, we have had our customer appreciation days at both our Oakville and Mississauga locations. We do this every year. It is always a fun time for us as well as our customers.

 

This year, prices were on the minds of many of our customers as we had a chance to chat with them over food served up fresh from the grill.

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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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Easily the busiest pieces of equipment at any scrap metal recycling operation are the weigh scales. They provide the defining measurement for all material trading, both buying and selling.

There’s Nothing New About Scales.

Weigh scales date back to early Egyptian civilization. The earliest scales were found in an Egyptian grave and are at least 7000 years old. Modified and improved by many cultures over time they increasingly gained relevance with the introduction of the various media of...

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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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One of the best kept secrets with respect to all of the various recycling programs in effect is the absolute success of lead acid battery recycling. More than 97% of all battery lead is recycled making lead acid batteries the most highly recycled consumer product.

19th Century Technology - 21st Century Utility

The lead acid battery has been around for a while. It was discovered in 1859 by a French physicist and is the oldest type of rechargeable battery. With a high power to weight ratio...

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One of the more interesting aspects of being part of the green revolution is that you are exposed to new ideas and recycling technologies on a constant basis. Recently we came across something which really caught our attention.

The Solar Roadways Project

Scott Brusaw of Sagle Idaho is an electrical engineer whose company, Solar Roadways, wants to build solar panels that will replace the asphalt that constitutes most roadways, driveways, parking lots and even the paved areas we play on in...

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We are always pleased to see young people visit us at our yard. They inevitably have lots of questions about the recycling work that we do and their enthusiasm is infectious.

These young people are the future of the recycling industry and by taking on an awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship at such an early age, it certainly gives us hope that life on the planet will continue.



Recently, we had an opportunity to provide some material to a young student by the name of...

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Over the last few weeks, the world has witnessed the horrific events unfolding in Japan.

First an earthquake of enormous proportions. Then a tsunami which leveled everything in its path. There has been untold tragedy, the displacement of thousands of people and now the problem of radioactivity contaminating the environment, including the food chain.

Even for the third largest industrial economy in the world, it will be a massive undertaking to work through this disaster.

Caution Is Critical ...

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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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