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Metal Recycling in Vancouver, BC

Answering Your Questions About Metal Recycling

Are you looking to recycle stainless steel, copper, or another type of metal? Perhaps you want to recycle, but you don’t know where to start. Fortunately, North Star Metal Recycling is here to provide you with all the answers you need when it comes to metal recycling. We’re Vancouver, BC’s trusted sources for recycling expertise, reliable copper prices, and more. Our recycling facility has served Vancouver since 1950, and we plan to continue our excellent services for more decades to come. Today, we’re members of national recycling organizations and have earned the trust of residents and businesses throughout the area. Whenever you have a question about copper recycling or another service, don’t hesitate to reach out. Explore our frequently asked questions below, or give us a call.

What Metals Do You Handle?

All metals are 100% recyclable, and we strive to accept as much as possible. Our team will happily purchase ferrous and non-ferrous metals to be recycled. Specifically, we can handle materials including lead, zinc, copper, brass, aluminum, iron, and steel. Our experienced staff specializes in brass and copper recycling, as well as insulated wire recycling.

What Kinds of Items Will You Recycle?

At North Star Metal Recycling, we’re committed to recycling a wide range of items. We have expertise in battery recycling, as well as household appliances, brass, and much more. You can trust us to recycle the following items, among others:

  • Appliances and household scrap
  • Demolition scrap metal
  • Industrial scrap metal
  • BX wire and other wiring
  • Radiators
  • Vehicle rims
  • Electric motors

Will You Recycle My Fire Extinguisher?

North Star Metal Recycling will accept fire extinguishers for recycling. Before bringing your extinguisher to our location, please remove the valve and empty and clean it.

Is There Anything You Won’t Purchase?

Our recycling facility is happy to take most of your metals and metal-containing objects. However, there are a few items we cannot accept. Below, you’ll find a list of things we will not be able to recycle. If you have a question about an item not listed, please get in touch with our experienced staff. We can’t accept:

  • Televisions
  • Appliances or cooling units containing Freon gas
  • Vehicles
  • Bicycles
  • Computers (but we can point you toward reputable computer recyclers in the area!)

Can I Make Money Recycling Scrap Metal?

Of course! Depending on the type and amount of scrap metal you have to spare, you can make a decent chunk of money selling scrap. At North Star Metal Recycling, we have developed a reputation for fair prices according to metal’s current market value.

How Easy Is It to Recycle Scrap Metal?

Recycling scrap metal is as easy as visiting our facility during our opening hours. Simply stop in or call ahead, and our professionals will take a look at your scrap. Once we’ve appraised the items, we’ll offer you a fair price.

What Are the Benefits of Metal Recycling?

Beyond some extra cash in your pocket, metal recycling has a plethora of benefits. While you may be motivated by the check you’ll receive, consider these additional benefits when you decide whether to recycle your metals:

  • Less Mining: Extensive mining operations can deplete our natural resources too fast. In addition to risking running out of these resources, many mining operations pollute the air and cause waste runoff into bodies of water. Recycling your metal means less need for mining.
  • Supporting Jobs: Choosing to recycle metal creates jobs. Not only does it open positions for recycling professionals, but you can use your newfound cash to make purchases that stimulate the economy.
  • Reduce Waste: Too much metal ends up in landfills. Do your part to keep waste out of the environment with metal recycling.
  • Decrease Carbon Emissions: Did you know that a ton of recycled aluminum can decrease carbon emissions by eight tons? That’s reason enough to opt for recycling!
  • Save Energy: Recycling your metals helps conserve energy in the long run. Just by recycling aluminum, you can save up to 92% of the energy that would’ve been used otherwise.

What Metal Has the Highest Recycling Rate?

Steel is the most recycled metal today.

How Long Does Recycling Take?

Recycling your batteries, brass, and other metals only takes about an hour of your time. In fact, most transactions are finished within a half hour. We’ll take care of the hard work for you, evaluating your materials and coming up with a fair price. In no time at all, you’ll leave with a check in hand!

Do You Provide Pickup Services?

Yes. Our team can provide scrap metal pickup in many cases. Let us know the amount of material you need transported to our recycling facility, and we’ll let you know if we have the means to complete your request. Pickup services are subject to our staff’s availability.

Why Is Metal Recycling Important?

Metal recycling is crucial to promote sustainability. Sustainability is the idea that we must take measures to preserve our supply of natural resources to ensure our current quality of life. Opting to recycle your copper, steel, and iron can go a long way to maintaining these essential resources for future generations. The more you recycle, and the more people you encourage to recycle as well, the better chance we have of preserving our environment in the years to come.

Can I Purchase Sheet Metal from Your Recycling Facility?

Yes! While our expertise involves sorting and purchasing metals from you, we’re also happy to provide our customers with a range of products. We’re always receiving new and interesting materials, so we welcome you to stop by and have a look around. Most of the time, our inventory will include sheet metal, chain, commercial equipment, large machinery, and fencing. You can always call ahead to check if a certain item is in stock.

What Are Your Hours of Operation?

North Star Metal Recycling is open for business Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. If you need our services on weekends, you can stop by Saturdays between 8:30 AM and 2:00 PM. We are closed on Sundays and all state holidays.

Reach Out with Additional Questions

Have a question that we didn’t answer above? Feel free to get in touch with our experienced team. We’ve been in business for over 70 years, and in that time, we’ve learned a thing or two about metal recycling. We’re trusted throughout Vancouver, BC for accurate information, fair pricing, and outstanding customer services. At North Star Metal Recycling, we understand recycling isn’t the most exciting part of your day, but we strive to make it a quick and easy process. Soon enough, you can get back to your regular activities. Contact us today for more information or to request a quote.

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