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Can't Scrap That: Items You Can't Sell to a Calgary Metal Recycler

Federal Metals is a Calgary copper and scrap metal recycler that has been providing recycling services to our great city since 1950. As a supplier of a wide variety of metals we are committed to helping the environment by making sure that valuable metals find their way into the hands of manufacturers who can integrate them into new items that we use every day.


Part of being responsible stewards of the environment means that there are some items we unfortunately cannot accept for recycling. Incorporating certain hazardous materials in our recycling program can lead to problems in the manufacturing process which can put the environment, the producer, and the consumer at risk.


What We Don't Accept

In compliance with Alberta Environmental Regulations and with Mill Requirements and Standards, we cannot accept the following materials or items at our scrap metal recycling location in Calgary:


  • Typical household trash items
  • Fluids such as water, hydraulic oil, gas and diesel oil
  • Intact hydraulic cylinders
  • Welding slag
  • Containers that at one point contained toxic chemicals such as paint or pesticides
  • Sealed containers or tanks such as aerosol cans and propane tanks
  • Appliances such as microwaves, freezers and fridges
  • Electronic components such as micro switches, capacitors and ballasts
  • Rubber tires, insulation, glass or wood
  • Large pieces of barbed wire, steel cable or rebar


What We Do Accept
At Federal Metals there is plenty of scrap metal that we do accept and that we can give you a great price for. Take a look around your house and bring us any of the ferrous metals (iron, cast-iron, steel) and non-ferrous metals (stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass) that you find. We also accept certain electronics, including cell phones, laptops and desktop computers.


Have Questions or Need Clarification? Call Federal Metals

If you have any questions at all concerning the items that are or aren't accepted by Federal Metals, then don't hesitate to give us a call. Our friendly and helpful staff can explain to you in further detail what you can't bring in, what you can bring in and why. We'll also be more than happy to give you tips on where to dispose of items that we can't accept.

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