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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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Increasingly common in our green vocabulary are phrases like Product Stewardship, Extended Producer Responsibility and Original Equipment Manufacturer. These are all phrases used to promote the idea that responsibility for a product must ultimately extend to everyone involved in the life cycle of that product.

Undisturbed, Mother Nature, has no difficulty with these recycling concepts. Plants are grown in the soil and returned to the soil, for example, and new vegetation is created. It is...

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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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One of the busiest pieces of equipment at the scrap yard are its scales. They provide the defining measurement for all material trading, both buying and selling.

There’s Nothing New About Scales

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 mediums of exchange with fixed values. People needed...

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The rules regarding electronic scrap have again been in the news of late. The European Parliament overwhelmingly recommended changes to its current legislation regarding the collection and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) - including trans-boundary movements. Similarly, a key issue at the 10th International Electronics Recycling Congress in Austria in January involved the export of this material to developing countries.

Off The Toxic Scale

Many of us have seen...

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The average North American gets a new cell phone every 18 to 24 months. According to a report released by the United Nations on the growth in electronic scrap, a mobile phone can contain over 40 elements from the periodic table. These include base metals such as copper and tin, special metals such as cobalt, indium and antimony and precious metals such as gold, silver and palladium. Metals represent on average 23% of the weight of the phone, the majority being copper. The remainder is plastic...

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