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It’s Time for Responsible Recycling.

Your car is the largest and most recyclable product you own.

There are currently 23 million light passenger vehicles registered for use on Canadian roads, with 13 million over 8 years old. The average lifespan of a vehicle in the 1960s was just less than 162,000 km. Today this is approaching 225,000 km. This means that Canadians can and often do keep their old vehicles on the road for years longer than they used to.

Older vehicles are typically less fuel-efficient than new vehicles of a similar size and lack the latest vehicle technology for cutting air pollution and reducing smog-forming emissions. As a result, the fuel consumption and smog-forming emissions are usually greater for older vehicles than newer vehicles. These older vehicles also contain hazardous fluids and materials like mercury switches that need to be treated responsibly at the end of their life.

Your car is the largest and most recyclable product you own. No sorting required – the recyclers that work with Manville will reuse and recycle over 80% of your vehicle and will make sure the remaining materials are disposed of responsibly. Responsible recycling keeps cars out of landfills and hazardous materials from being released into our air, ground and water.

 

Why Recycling is More Important Now Than Ever

Similarly to traffic laws and taxes, residential and commercial recycling regulations are managed at the stage and local level throughout Canada. The regulations are intended to maximize recycling efforts and minimize waste across communities. However, recycling rates have stayed stagnant despite the efforts of provincial and local officials to reduce waste. It’s crucial that today’s businesses learn to adhere to local recycling regulations, helping them recycle as much as possible!

 

RECYCLING REGULATIONS 

Ontario is shifting to a circular economy – a new waste management approach where waste is seen as a resource that can be recovered, reused and reintegrated into the production stream. Markets are implementing regulatory mandates at growing rates. Some cities have introduced zero-waste policies and diversion programs that have shown potential to increase recycling. However, reports show that millions of companies are still behind in their zero-waste efforts. The adoption rate of the policies are at a minimum because commercial and residential spaces don’t have access to basic recycling services. 

 

WASTE DIVERSION PROGRAMS

Ontario has four diversion programs to reuse, recycle or safely dispose of waste. They operate on the producer responsibility principle, where producers are responsible for managing their products and packaging at end-of-life. Blue Box Program: recycles printed paper and packaging (plastics, paper, glass, aluminum, steel)

  • Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program: recycles or properly disposes of paint, antifreeze, batteries, fertilizers and other hazardous or special materials
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program: reuses or recycles electronic equipment like computers, televisions and stereos
  • Used Tires Program: recycles used tires from passenger, truck and off-road vehicles

 

WHY AREN’T BUSINESSES RECYCLING?

There is minimal data of adoption rates and engagements surrounding business recycling regulations. Regulations go a long way in defining rules and guidelines for businesses to follow, but participation is still low due to reasons ranging from expensive costs, not enough space to recycle and a lack of interest present from management.

When was the last time you reviewed your waste and recycling setup? You could be over-paying for those bulky containers that take up a lot of room. You may be able to downsize to stream-specific recycling receptacles (no more more worrying about those expensive steel containers). There are plenty of local recycling services (waste, metal, scraps etc.) who will pay close attention to local recycling policies and provide solutions to you/ your company needs. This will make work to make your recycling and waste management easier and more efficient.

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Recycling Copper: What You Need to Know

Most of us have the tendency to see trash… and simply throw it away. The waste is then taken to landfills, covered with earth and sadly, forgotten.

 
Landfills across the country are running out of space and most of them are filled with items that can easily be recycled. Most consumers know about basic recycling such as paper, plastic and aluminum – but what many of us do not realize is that copper can be recycled too.

 
Copper and related alloys have been recycled for centuries. Copper is a reddish orange colour, is non-magnetic, and an excellent conductor of electricity and heat. Its primary users are in electrical wiring and piping of plumbing application.

 
It is also used for platting of eaves troughs, printed circuit boards, and is the main ingredient in brass. In fact, everyday consumer products still use copper and it is a critical component in electronics. While scrapped copper cannot be used right away, after proper preparation, companies can reuse copper to create new and different products.

 

What Are The Benefits of Recycling Copper?

 

There are numerous economic and environmental benefits to recycling scrap metals. Some of the benefits of recycling copper include:

          • Limiting Impact on the Environment – During mining and refining of metals, dust and waste gases are emitted into the environment. While metal producers work hard to minimize these gases, any amount of harmful gas emitted is a cause for concern.

 

          • Landfill Costs are Reduced – For example copper is in more products than consumers realize; from cell phones to rice cookers to steamers, and more. Copper products that are not discarded into a landfill can reduce how much waste landfills deal with each year and trim down the costs associated with running these landfills too.

 

          • Conservation – While there is an abundance of copper resources, copper ore is considered a finite resource; therefore, it makes more sense to conserve it than mine it.

 

          • Cheaper – It is cheaper to recycle copper than it is to extract and refine new copper ore. In fact, recycled copper is almost as high in value as recently extracted copper, but without the costs of mining and refining, which helps keep the costs of creating consumer products down.

 

          • Saves on Energy – Recycling takes much less energy and leads to the conservation of all energy reserves (including oil, gas and coal). It also reduces how much carbon dioxide is released into the air.

 
Recycling copper will reduce your carbon footprint. Metal recyclers not only recycle copper products, but purchase them from those that wish to recycle, encouraging consumers even more to improve sustainability.

 
As a leading Canadian recycler, Manville Recycling accepts and collect all of your recyclable material. Contact us today to learn about your options for recycling your copper materials. 

 

 

 

Key Things to Consider When Choosing a Scrap Yard

There are several factors that can be contemplated when choosing the best yard to bring your scrap metal to. Many people simply base their Google searches on “best scrap prices in the area”. And while this is definitely one of the more obvious factors to consider, there are many more important things to deliberate that can help you get the best experience at a scrap yard.

 

Prices

The prices of scrap metal at your local yard will usually be the largest deciding factor when you are looking to make the most money. Truth is, the best deal is the one that makes you the most money for your work. It is highly encouraged to call your yard before heading in so you can check on the latest price changes. And keep in mind that prices are often known to change weekly, so do your research!

 

Atmosphere

Some scrap yards may be sophisticated with modern technology, while others may be a bit more “old school” complete with dirt lots and hand-written receipts. Regardless of what you prefer, keep in mind that at the end of the day, both likely get the exact same job done. It’s important to determine the atmosphere you prefer, and narrow down your recycler to match.

 

Hours

Find out out the hours of your local scrap year is important, because it needs to match your own personal schedule and lifestyle. Are you looking to scrap your materials on a weekend? How about first thing on a Monday morning? If you don’t have time to scrap during the week but your local yard is closed on the weekends, you may have to keep searching. Find yourself a recycling space that accompanies your weekly routine.

 

Environmental Procedures

Good environmental practices and procedures are not only good for the planet, but also important when it comes to your scrap yard. When choosing the right recycling partner, it’s often important to know the right questions to ask regarding the overall security of your scraps, the environmental impact it will have, the reputation of the business itself, and the willingness of the yard to comply with regulations and meet environmental industry standards. 

 

Specials

Many times scrap yards have weekly or monthly specials for materials like aluminum cans, copper, wire, steel, stainless steel, and more. Checking with your local yard for any coupons or events they are hosting can make or break your next trip to their location. The best scrap yard to sell your materials to can also be sometimes decided based on the specials they may be running and the particular materials you have to sell.

 

No matter which way you choose the best scrap yard to go to, it is ultimately your choice. And no matter what you choose, keep in mind that the business relationship you form with your scrap yard dealers are always going to play a deciding factor in whether or not you return. It’s often reasonable to drive the extra mile for better prices, faster transactions and excellent personal service.