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At General Recycling Industries Ltd., we have 35 years of experience in the recycling industry. In that time, we’ve learned a thing or two; and we’d like to pass along some of that information to you.


As Edmonton’s one-stop source for scrap metal recycling, we’ll be updating our blog from time to time. Bookmark our site to learn more about how and why to recycle your scrap metals – the benefits to you as well as to the planet.

  • 23/11/2017
    Why sustainability is the new mother of invention in Edmonton

    More and more people are starting to recognize that the earth’s natural resources are at risk of depletion. That’s why the search for ways to get citizens of Edmonton and surrounding areas recycling and trying to reduce our combined carbon impact and has become more important than ever. Finding sustainable solutions for modern problems is a necessity, which makes sustainability the new mother of invention. Keep reading to learn more.

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  • 23/11/2017
    The 7 stages in the life cycle of scrap metal in Edmonton

    Have you ever wondered what happens to metal when it is recycled? Where does the scrap metal come from? How is it recycled? And where does it end up? Keep reading to learn all about the life cycle of a common piece of scrap metal......

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  • 23/11/2017
    6 DIY home design projects you can make with scrap metal in Edmonton

    Scrap metal often ends up in the Edmonton landfill or gets sent to the recycling depot, but with a little bit of creativity and determination, you can turn any piece of scrap metal into an eye-catching piece of art. Whether you’re going for a rustic, country look or an edgy, steampunk vibe, you can create a unique, one of a kind piece with these six DIY scrap metal projects.

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  • 23/11/2017
    5 Reasons why everyone should love copper in Edmonton

    When you think of copper, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a penny. But did you know that copper has many other uses besides just coins? Keep reading to learn more about this richly hued metal and five reasons why everyone in Edmonton should love it.

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  • 23/11/2017
    The 5 biggest benefits of recycling aluminum in Edmonton

    Of all the different metals on earth, aluminum is one of the most common. That’s probably why it’s used so often and in so many ways in the world today. Aluminum is used in a variety of consumer goods from foils, take-out food packaging, soda cans, automotives and more. Because we rely on it so much, it just makes sense to reuse this common metal. Keep reading to learn more about aluminum and the five biggest benefits of recycling it.

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  • 18/04/2017
    Earth Day - A Way to Give Back through Edmonton Recycling Opportunities

    If you have been hunting for the perfect opportunity to celebrate Earth Day in Canada, there are numerous ways to give back to our friendly planet! From recycling to cleaning up trash in neighbourhoods to doing what you can to limit your impact on the environment, there is always a step you may have missed earlier, but it is never too late to start.


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  • 29/11/2016
    Helping Your Efforts at Copper Recycling in Edmonton

    Responsible corporations around the world are making sustained efforts at reducing their carbon footprint and helping to conserve and preserve the earth’s natural resources. Established metal recycling companies such as General Recycling support environmental initiatives by not only recycling metals such as copper, but also by purchasing scrap metal from companies and individuals to encourage and help improve sustainability. We have a scrap metal purchasing program in place to buy your scrap copper, including wire, tubing, pipes, radiators, bars and sheets.

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  • 18/11/2016
    Eager to Recycle Scrap Metals? Use a Trusted Service in Edmonton

    Edmonton, Alberta is considered one of the most proactive cities for urban waste management. Recycling is on the rise, and yet at the same time, consumers and industries continue to send more waste to landfills. Paper, plastic, glass and scrap metals are dumped at alarming rates. This inflicts ongoing damage to our environment, and uses up landfill lifespan and space.

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  • 16/09/2016
    The Recycling Industry in Alberta: How You Can Help

    Recycling services are in abundance in Alberta, but the number of consumers recycling versus producing waste is still not high enough. The diversion rates from landfills are still low, and despite programs being implemented, the province’s focus on new resources makes recycling the less attractive option.

    How Consumers Can Help

    Whether you are already recycling or you are ready to start, there are plenty of ways you can increase your household and company recycling potential. There are many products out there that can be recycled and some you may not even be aware of.

    Just some of the products that you can recycle include:

    • Plastics
    • Cardboard
    • Aluminum
    • Stainless steel
    • Car batteries
    • Copper
    • Glass
    • Newspapers
    • Cast iron
    • Cars
    • Appliances

    Why Recycle Scrap Metal?

    When you think of recycling, how often do you consider scrap metal? Recycling scrap metal offers numerous benefits, including:

    • Improving Earth-Friendly Processes - By engaging in scrap metal recycling, less energy is used than what is required to extract and refine raw metals. Also, the environmental hazards associated with mining are reduced, including poisonous runoffs, groundwater contaminations, and hazardous gases.
    • Waste Reduction - The more scrap metal that is recycled, the less you add to local landfills. Since most recyclable metal products are bulky, continuing to recycle these components can reduce the need for more unsightly and space-consuming landfills near your home, work and local schools.
    • Improving the Economy - Recycling requires a lot of labour. By supporting scrap metal and other recycling services, you are creating more jobs, improving the economy.
    • You Get Paid - The biggest benefit to recycling scrap metal is the fact that you get paid for your scrap metal. When you bring your products in, you will receive a payment based on how much scrap metal your recycled products contain.
    • While the stewardship program continues to encourage more consumers to increase recycling, you can do your part. Take your scrap metal to local metal recyclers like General Recycling Industries, Ltd. And do your part to help increase the province’s waste diversion rates.Find out which products you can bring into General Recycling Industries, Ltd. Call us at 866-983-9999 with your questions or feel free to contact us online.
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  • 16/09/2016
    Environmental Protection Tips

    General Recycling Industries Ltd. has made a firm commitment to educating businesses and individuals throughout Alberta about the benefits of metal recycling. We understand that as natural resources continue to be depleted, renewal and preservation of our global environment are critical for long-term sustainability.

    Likewise, while we believe in the environmental stewardship mantra of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, encouraging everyone to recycle. However, in our world of changing regulations, some items are easier than others and as such, we offer these tips to you, our Edmonton neighbours.

    Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), provides a number of educational resources while working to achieve positive environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources for Albertans.

    The Alberta Recycling Management Authority (Alberta Recycling) is responsible for managing Alberta’s tire, electronics, and paint recycling programs. Originally established in 1992, Alberta Recycling reports to the Minister of Environment and Parks, and is run by a Board of Directors representing many stakeholder groups.

    Recycling is good for the environment, keeping chemicals like mercury, lead, and flame retardants that leach into the ground and contaminate ground water out of landfills. By using recycled materials, instead of raw materials, we conserve land and reduce the need to use up precious natural resources. It generally takes less energy to make recycled products than new products, and many recycled goods can also be used to produce alternative fuels, further reducing the need to use natural resources. The recycling process creates jobs with Alberta’s recycling industry which employs hundreds of people throughout the province.

    There are a number of active steps you can also take to improve the environment in Alberta in your own home and yard, here are a few:

    • Plant a tree - trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas;
    • Mulch around your landscaping - a three-inch layer of mulch holds moisture and prevents evaporation, reducing the need to water;
    • Never pour anything - especially waste oil or leftover lawn chemicals – into a storm drain. It will end up in the nearest stream. Save paints, pesticides, lawn chemicals, car batteries, waste oil and similar materials for your local household hazardous waste collection day;
    • Park the car - walk, bike or use mass-transit whenever you can or if you must drive, keep your car tune-up as a properly maintained vehicles get better gas mileage and emit fewer pollutants; and,
    • Give it away, don’t throw it away - many charitable organizations accept donations of wearable clothing and gently used household items.

    At General Recycling Industries Ltd, our facilities are open from 8 AM until 5 PM on weekdays and from 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us at 780-452-5865 or toll free at 1-800-222-6595.

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  • 16/09/2016
    The 5 Most Recyclable Materials that You can Sell for Scrap

    Almost anything that is made of metal can be recycled. Batteries, car parts, pots and pans, structural materials, you name it. If it's made of metal, chances are you can recycle it. Here are 5 of the most recyclable metals that you can sell for scrap, as well as some items which are commonly made out of them:

    1. Iron and Steel
    2. Steel is actually an alloy made predominantly of iron, which is a mineral. It is the most widely used metal on the planet and may be found in products ranging from garbage cans to appliances and construction materials. Cast Iron is a different alloy used predominantly in dense items such as brake drums and heavy industrial parts requiring resistance to wear.
    3. Aluminum
    4. Next to steel, aluminum is the next most abundant metal used by society. It is used to make everything from ladders and railings to doorknobs and toasters. Car parts such as hoods, suspension, engine blocks, brackets, and alternator housings are all often made of aluminum.
    5. Copper
    6. Copper, due to its excellent conductive properties, is found in all sorts of electrical wiring applications. Copper tubing, found in water and heating systems, is another great source of scrap copper. Copper is also an important component in electronic devices.
    7. Brass
    8. Brass can be tricky to find if you don't know where to look, but, once you learn where it's used, you'll notice it almost everywhere. Look for brass on door handles, heat exchangers, faucets, nuts and bolts, pipe fittings, jewelry, and on pen and lipstick tubes.

    Bring Your Scrap to General Recycling Industries Ltd. in Edmonton

    Copious amounts of the 5 metals listed above can often be easily obtained. If you're working on a construction or renovation project, or if you're just doing a thorough cleaning of the junk that has accumulated in your home, then you'll likely come across items you can scrap with the Edmonton metal recyclers at General Recycling Industries Ltd.

    Just bring your items to one of our two Edmonton recycling locations, or get in touch with General Recycling Industries Ltd. by phone if you have any questions before coming in.

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  • 16/09/2016
    Recycling Copper: What You Need to Know

    Most people see trash and throw it away. This waste is then taken to landfills, covered with earth and 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.

    The Value of Scrap Metal

    Copper and related alloys have been recycled for centuries. 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.

    The Benefits of Recycling Copper

    There are numerous economic and environmental benefits to recycling scrap metals. Just 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.

    Reduce your carbon footprint by recycling copper. Metal recyclers not only recycle copper products, but purchase them from those that wish to recycle, encouraging consumers even more to improve sustainability. General Recycling Industries Ltd. offers a scrap metal purchasing program where we will purchase your scrap copper, including wire, tubing, pipes, radiators, bars and sheets.

    Learn more about scrap metal recycling or bring in your recyclable copper to us today. Call us at 866-983-9999 with your questions or feel free to contact us online.

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