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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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 that we use to describe the types of positive synergies and interrelationships between ourselves and our environment.

These are goals which we are gasping to achieve before we...

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Strong Core Values Are Essential To Creating Success In Business

Communications were direct and there was no need to struggle to be heard. Values were at the core of decisions to go into business and at the core of decision-making. They were things that owners and employees shared.

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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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Last month, Sims Metal Management announced that it was pulling the plug on its Canadian operations as well as a substantial portion of its operations in the U.K.. For those not aware, Sims is the largest metals and electronics recycler on the planet.

The announcement referred to a restructuring of operations. The Canadian division was deemed commercially unattractive and government legislation and market dynamics were cited as the core of the problems.

One of the top 100 most sustainable...

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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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Beijing on a clear day.

We have all seen the pictures of the urban smog in many cities in China. In fact, the country is home to 20 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities. Key among the factors involved is that coal produces 70% of China’s energy. The country burns nearly half of the world’s supply.

And it’s not just the air that is of concern. It has been estimated that 90% of China’s urban groundwater is contaminated. Over one third of the fish species native to the Yellow River are now...

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An article on television recently featured an interview with the owner of a company that manufactured brass fittings in the Northeastern United States. He had seen his business erode over the past number of years at an alarming rate as he was, in his own words, out-gunned by products manufactured in low cost centres in Asia.

But rather than give up in frustration or give in and have his production moved offshore, like many other North American manufacturers have done, he decided to tighten his...

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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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Recent Posts

Why ‘Global Recycling Day’ Should Be Every Day Of The Year

At Peel Scrap, our family has been in the recycling business for more than 100 years now. We’re not sure about the exact quantity of metals we have managed to keep in circulation over that period, but it’s safe to say it’s in the millions of tons.

 

One of the tenets of our business is to try, wherever we can, to promote the idea of responsible recycling to businesses and individuals in the communities we serve.

 

A Brief History of Recycling

 

Recycling, as a practice, has actually...

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A Post About Mercury…And Good Dental Hygiene

After so many years in the scrap metal recycling business, we are bound to have had at least a few unusual calls along the way. In fact we have a number of stories which could very well be the subject of some blogs down the road. Today, however, we want to talk about mercury.

Scrap metal is everywhere but unless you are in the recycling business you don’t really tend to give it much thought. The fact is it can come from some unusual places. Like your mouth, for example.

Recycling and...

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Good Communication Is The Key To Successful Relationships

Our family this year has been in the Scrap Metal Industry for 100 years. 

Our business has been passed down through several the generations and we have been successful because, like all the past generations, we have worked very hard to keep things simple. 

Excellent customer service, honest weights and fair price are what our family believes and what all our employees are taught. 

In today’s world, we are losing the ability to communicate face-to-face to solve our problems.  People text,...

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