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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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For most owners of small and medium sized businesses, it is the business of business that captures the majority of their working day, and uses the lion’s share of their energy and resources.

This is at it should be. The SME owner’s vision needs to be fully engaged with customers, suppliers, production, logistics and the variety of other inputs and moving parts that, together, make their company hum. After all, if you are taking the risks you need to focus on making sure it works.

The Level...

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After a brief hiatus, we are returning to the blogosphere with an update to some of the things that were part of our busy summer.

5th Annual Environmental Awareness Day – Oakville 2013

As you know, an important part of our mandate is supporting the communities we serve in any way we can. One of our favourites is the Oakville Environmental Awareness Day.

This year’s event was a great success and we were pleased to be part of it. Under the auspices of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Kerr...

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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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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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#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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Nike Pop Up Store in Tokyo

One of the newer innovations that we have seen in retailing over the past few years is the development of “Pop-up Stores”. You will recognize these, as they seem to just appear in a particular space for a relatively short period of time and then disappear. As we approach the Halloween and then the Christmas Season, we will see more of them. The trend has been adopted by a number of well-known companies including Nike, Walmart and Target to name just a few. These...

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It’s a well known fact that Canadians love their barbecues and I am no exception. However, it seems that no matter how hard I try to protect and maintain my barbecue, every four to five years I have to replace it. And regardless of the brands I have chosen or how much I pay, the flavour bars and burners in particular inevitably rust and crumble into flakes over time.

Use A Magnet To Attract The Best Product

This year, I decided to take another tact. I could have borrowed the Niton Analyzer...

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All of us at Peel Scrap Metal like to take the time to talk with our customers. Some of us, because of the nature of our work, are less able to do this but our buyers and managers certainly always try to make a point of it.

Not only do we enjoy it, but these conversations help us to get a handle on what our customers think about our service, which helps us do a better job. We also enjoy it because it helps us get to  get to know our customers, and this is the key to helping provide them...

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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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