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Federal Metals Inc. is happy to offer information to our customers and recycling-minded people in Calgary and the surrounding areas to help you learn about materials that are recyclable and how you can help our environment.


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  • Recycling Electronics in Calgary
    11/08/2016
    How Electronic Recycling Can Help the Problem of E-Waste

    Electronic devices are irrevocably woven into the fabric of modern society. Most of us interact with our cell phones, laptops, desktops, TVs, fitbits, wearable tech, and numerous other electronic devices not only daily, but multiple times a day. We also find ourselves replacing old or outdated tech multiple times a year.


    How does the modern proclivity for electronics contribute to the problem of e-waste, why is e-waste such a problem anyway, and what can we do to reduce it? Let's take a look.


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  • Scrap Copper at Federal Metals Inc. in Calgary
    10/08/2016
    Interesting Copper Facts that Might Surprise You

    Occupying periodic table element number 29, copper is one of the most important minerals to humankind. Used in numerous trades and industries, copper is prized for its thermal, electrical, ductile, and malleable properties.


    Interested in knowing more about this fascinating metal? Here are some copper facts from the Calgary scrap metal recyclers at Federal Metals that just might surprise you:


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  • 09/08/2016
    Finding and Selling Scrap Copper from an Old Car

    Copper recycling in Calgary is a great way to make some extra cash and do your part to help out the environment by decreasing the need to mine for virgin ore. One of the best sources of scrap copper and other scrap metals are old cars. Instead of sending the whole car off to be junked, you can take it apart for the copper inside and sell that copper to a Calgary scrap metal recycler and supplier such as Federal Metals Inc.


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  • 09/08/2016
    How to Choose the Right Calgary Scrap Metal Recycling Company

    Recycling scrap metal in Calgary is a fun, rewarding, and lucrative side venture that a growing number of people and businesses have become involved in over the years. When you first begin recycling scrap metal, however, it can be difficult to decide which scrap metal recycler in Calgary to work with.


    If you want to make sure that you are getting good service and fair scrap metal prices, then here are some steps that can help you choose the right scrap metal recycling company:


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  • 08/08/2016
    Tips & Techniques for Stripping Wires for Copper

    Selling scrap metal in Calgary is a great way to make some extra cash, and scraping copper can be particularly lucrative. One of the best and most abundant sources of scrap copper is copper wire, but, in order to scrap copper wire, you have to strip it of its insulation first.


    Here are some helpful tips for stripping and for getting the best Calgary scrap metal prices for your copper wire from the scrap metal recyclers at Federal Metals:


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  • 07/08/2016
    How to Scrap Metals the Safe Way

    Collecting and selling scrap metal for cash can be both a fun and lucrative venture, but it isn't without a few risks. Scrap metal is often heavy, sharp, and rusted, and can lead to cuts, strains, sprains, and other injuries if not handled correctly.


    The Calgary scrap metal recyclers and suppliers at Federal Metals have several decades of experience scrapping metals in the safe way. Here are four of our top tips to help you scrap metal more safely and efficiently:


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  • 06/08/2016
    Scrap Copper Prices Rising in Alberta

    The month of March offered a much-needed boost to scrap metal prices throughout Alberta. The rising price of copper in particular is being eagerly watched by scrap metal recyclers and sellers. Many people who have been waiting to sell their scrap copper are taking the opportunity to bring their items in to metal recycling facilities such as Federal Metals Inc. in Calgary now that prices are showing a rebound.


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  • 05/08/2016
    5 Places to Find Scrap Copper in Calgary

    Copper, because of its abundant and versatile uses, is highly sought after in the scrap metal recycling industry. Scrap copper can be sold for a good price in Calgary at a scrap metal recycling facility such as Federal Metals Inc., and so it pays to know where to look for it, both inside and outside of your home.


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  • 04/08/2016
    How Your Local Calgary Scrap Yard Can Help the Economy

    The scrap metal recycling industry is an integral part of the Canadian economy. Not only are metal materials used prolifically throughout modern society, but they are also highly recyclable. This cyclical process of turning old scrap metals into new usable materials creates an economic engine centered on local scrap yards such as Calgary's Federal Metals.


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  • 03/08/2016
    5 Environmental Benefits of Scrap Metal Recycling

    The scrap metal recycling industry is a fantastic source of green jobs in Canada. Recycling our scrap metals instead of throwing them away and mining for new ores not only helps to stimulate the economy, but it is also beneficial for the environment in five very important ways.


    Scrap metal recycling in Calgary helps reduce:


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  • 02/08/2016
    Can I Scrap My Hot Water Tank for Money?

    Have you recently replaced your hot water tank and aren’t sure what to do with your old one? Instead of throwing it out or allowing someone else to pick it up and sell it for scrap, you should consider selling the tank for scrap yourself.


    If you bring your tank to a scrap metal recycler in Calgary such as Federal Metals, then you can indeed scrap it for money. Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your efforts.


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  • 01/08/2016
    Top 10 Metals to Scrap for Money in Calgary

    Recycling and reusing metals are both great for the environment and potentially lucrative ways to get some extra cash straight into your pocket. Unfortunately, most metals that can be recycled for scrap in Calgary end up in the garbage because people simply aren't aware that they can instead take their scrap to the metal recyclers at Federal Metals Inc.


    Here are 10 metals that you can scrap for money, as well as where they are commonly found:


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  • 31/07/2016
    Scrap Metal to Recycle? Choose Bin Service from Federal Metals Inc.

    Federal Metals Inc. is a leading Calgary scrap metal recycler that is happy to accept scrap metal at our facility. If, however, your commercial or industrial activities are producing large amounts of scrap metal, then we don't want to inconvenience you by making you come all the way to us.


    Federal Metals' bin service is the perfect choice for helping you sort out all of your scrap metals on-site. We have several decades of experience working with large, multi-national clients who have grown to trust our expertise and excellent customer service.


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  • 30/07/2016
    Scrapping Electronics for Cash in Calgary

    Almost everybody has some old electronics lying around. After upgrading their phones or computers, most people don't know what else to do but leave their old device on a shelf or in a closet collecting dust. But did you know that electronics can be scrapped and sold to a metal recycler?


    If you know that you have some old electronics hiding around your home, then you should definitely bring them to a Calgary scrap metal recycler such as Federal Metals.


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  • 29/07/2016
    4 Common Metal Scrapping Mistakes to Avoid

    4 Common Metal Scrapping Mistakes to Avoid

    Recycling scrap metal in Calgary can be a lucrative way of making some extra cash on the side. You can get great prices for your scrap metal from metal recyclers and suppliers in Calgary, such as Federal Metals, as long as you know what you are doing and what mistakes to avoid. Here are four common mistakes that you should watch out for:


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  • 28/07/2016
    Federal Metals: Calgary’s Top Metal Supplier

    Federal Metals is a well-respected scrap metal and copper recycler and supplier that provides a variety of steel products for commercial and industrial buyers in Calgary. For over 50 years we have built a reputation of excellent customer service, high-quality products, and prompt deliveries to help our client’s projects stay on schedule.


    Whether you are a family-owned or multi-national business, our inventory of steel products is sure to include what you need. At Federal Metals we carry:


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  • 27/07/2016
    Aluminum Recycling: How Much Can You Get for Aluminum Scrap?

    Aluminum scrap takes on many forms; from cans to electronics to pieces of your appliances. When you are buying and selling aluminum, you need to know the respective price per pound, and also how to categorize your aluminum for the best pricing.


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  • 26/07/2016
    Why Offer Your Old Car as Scrap Metal?

    Your old, worn down vehicle has been parked in your driveway for months, perhaps even years. It may not be worth much if you sell it privately, but if you have ever seen them, you may have noticed that there are companies out there willing to buy your scrap vehicle. These vehicles that do not operate are no problem at all for metal recyclers in Calgary; in fact, your old clunker is a treasure!


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  • Best way to strip copper wire Calgary
    25/07/2016
    Stripping Copper Wire for Scrap Metal Recycling

    Copper, because it is a highly sought after metal, can be sold as scrap metal to metal recyclers and suppliers in Calgary. If you are thinking of selling some copper wire to a metal recycler such as Federal Metals in order to make some extra cash, then you are going to need to strip the plastic insulation from the wires first.


    Burning is not an option for stripping copper wire, as it is against City of Calgary bylaws. You can, however, get some help from the sun. Leaving your copper wire outside on a warm day can help soften the plastic and make it easier to use one of these three methods of wire stripping:


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  • Can I scrap Canadian pennies for money in Calgary?
    24/07/2016
    Can Pennies Be Sold for Scrap Metal in Calgary?

    On February 4, 2013 the Royal Canadian Mint officially stopped distributing the penny. This Economic Action Plan initiative made economic sense, as it is now saving taxpayers about $11 million a year. Phasing out the penny did, however, leave many Canadians asking what they could do with their pennies, and if they could perhaps be sold for scrap.


    Unfortunately, pennies do not qualify as scrap metal and cannot be sold to a Calgary copper recycler such as Federal Metals. For one thing, pennies haven't been made of copper since 1997. They are today mostly composed of steel with copper plating. For another, melting or otherwise defacing pennies is against the Canadian Criminal Code, as they are still considered to be legal tender.


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  • Items you can't sell to a Calgary metal recycler | Propane tank
    23/07/2016
    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.


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  • 22/07/2016
    Identifying the Different Types of Scrap Metal

    There are numerous different types of scrap metal, so when you are thinking of selling your own, you may find yourself wondering exactly what metal you are dealing with. The type of metal you bring in for metal recycling in Calgary will determine how much money you will receive in exchange. Also, if you are making collecting scrap metal a hobby, it is imperative you know the type of materials you are dealing with and which ones are considered valuable.


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  • 21/07/2016
    Recycling Catalytic Converters as Scrap Metal in Calgary

    A vehicle’s catalytic converter is one of the most valuable components on it. This device that is incorporated with your exhaust system is what reduces pollutants, but it is also rich in scrap metal. Metal recyclers in Calgary will pay top dollar for used catalytic converters, making it worth the effort to save your own if you can.


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  • 20/07/2016
    Understanding Scrap Metal Prices in Calgary

    Scrap metal recycling in Calgary is beneficial to the environment, but also your pocketbook. However, the only true way to maximize the benefit of recycling is to know what a fair price is for the metal you are offering. In order to do that, you need to understand what goes into determining these prices and how you can assess the value of your own scrap metal.


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  • Scrap Metal in Calgary
    19/07/2016
    Uses for Scrap Metal

    Metal recycling in Calgary offers environmental and economic benefits. It allows products that have been manufactured years ago to later be dismantled and reused, thus helping to keep the circular economy alive.


    Scrap metal is one of those products that can constantly be re-melted and re-shaped into something else. It’s not surprising therefore, that there are more uses for scrap metal than you might realize.


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  • 18/07/2016
    Ferrous of Non-ferrous? Classify Your Metals and Make Money Today

    Don’t leave scrap steel, aluminium, brass, copper, and other materials lying around. Turn those materials into extra income by recycling with Federal Metals. Before you turn over your scrap metal, you can figure out how much of a payoff to expect by determining whether your metal is ferrous or non-ferrous.


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  • Old Recyclable Vehicle
    17/07/2016
    Old-Car Logic: Top Reasons Why Recycling Your Junk Car is a No-brainer

    You and your vehicle have gone through a lot together. So when your car is no longer suitable to drive, you know you’ll have to let it go, but the thought of it sitting smashed up in a landfill breaks your heart.


    If you are experiencing this situation right now, you aren’t the only one. Approximately 1.2 million cars reach the end of their lives each year in Canada. However, you don’t have to leave your car in a landfill.


    With Federal Metals, you can sell and recycle the scrap metal from your trusty vehicle so it can be reused elsewhere.


    What other reasons do you have for recycling scrap metal from your car? Read on:


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  • Recyclable Materials
    16/07/2016
    3 Unusual Items You Can Recycle for Money Now

    When you think of recycling, you probably imagine stuffing these items into a blue bin. But many other items, from scrap metal to used computer parts, can be recycled on the path to a better environment (and a cleaner home or workspace for you). Take a look at these uncommon items that you can turn in.


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  • Encourage Recycling
    15/07/2016
    How to Encourage Recycling in Your Community

    You’re a green-minded individual. You care about the rising heaps of landfill waste, the risks of climate change, and the depletion of natural resources. You might feel dejected sometimes that your passion for recycling isn’t shared by your community.


    If you feel this way, don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself (and the planet), do something about it! Follow these tips on encouraging recycling in your community to get more people on board with a green lifestyle.


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  • Recycling Copper
    14/07/2016
    Recycling Copper: It's More than Just a Good Deed

    You know that you’re supposed to recycle paper bags and aluminum cans, but what about the objects around your home that have copper in them? You may have utensils, tools, pipes, wires, electronic devices, door knobs, and other objects that have copper in them. What do you do with these objects when you don't need them anymore?


    Many people choose to donate their copper tools and cookware to thrift stores, but what if you’d like to make a little money off your donation? What if you’d like to help the environment at the same time? If you donate your copper to a designated recycling centre, you reap benefits for yourself and the environment all at once.


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  • Copper Shortage
    13/07/2016
    The Looming Copper Shortage

    The Outlook for Copper

    It is estimated that in the next 25 years the world will need to produce as much copper as it has since the dawn of time. This is because as economic growth occurs, so too does the demand for copper. In an increasingly globalized world, copper is instrumental and irreplaceable. The higher the economic growth, the more the need for copper-containing products that aid in that expansion. Consider what copper is used for:


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  • Recycled Computer Parts
    12/07/2016
    What Happens to a Recycled Computer?

    Some of us feel nostalgia when we replace our electronic devices, and some of us feel a rush of elation as we realize that we’ve escaped our old, clunky computers. Whatever you feel, you should also experience some sense of accomplishment as you send your computer off to be recycled.


    Yes. You should recycle your computer. Computers and other electronic devices are full of heavy metals and toxic chemicals, and those substances will harm the environment if they end up in a landfill. If you send your computer to a recycling centre, you’ll protect the environment.


    Here’s how the recycling process works:


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  • Scrap Metal
    11/07/2016
    How to Get the Best Price for Your Scrap Metal

    Selling scrap metal can be an effective way to keep your business clear of debris while making some extra cash. If your business produces a lot of extra, uncontaminated metal, it could be valuable to familiarize yourself with the basic tips and tricks of the trade that will help you get more money for your metal.


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  • 10/07/2016
    Ferrous vs. Non-Ferrous Metals: What’s the Difference?

    After a construction project, you might have scraps from a variety of metals lying around the garage. Most metal companies will sell metal and buy back the scraps, but how do you begin the process of sorting your scraps for cash?


    Whether you’re finishing a project to sort the scraps or trying to decide what metal to start with, it’s important to divide metals into ferrous and non-ferrous. You might already know that ferrous metals contain iron while non-ferrous metals don’t, but what are the pros and cons of each type?


    The best place to start is with an overview of how some of the most popular metals are classified:


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  • 09/07/2016
    The Many Uses of Recycled Metal in Calgary

    Humans have used steel for at least 4,000 years to create everything from weapons to utensils. Steel can frame a skyscraper, airport, stadium, or bridge; it’s a crucial element of your car; and it holds the world together in the form of nuts, bolts, and screws.


    Since steel is so widely used, it’s a good thing it’s so recyclable! At least 60% of the world’s steel is recycled annually, conserving natural resources and powering the world market.


    Steel isn’t the only metal whose scraps can be put to good use; a variety of metals, from copper to aluminum, can be melted down and remoulded to create durable, strong products. Metal recycling is good for the earth, the economy, and human creativity – read on to see the ingenious ways recycled steel has been put to use in today’s world.


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  • 08/07/2016
    Tour the World of Copper

    The finishing touch to any painting is its signature. When architects see a building they designed in the skyline, it's as if they've signed their city. Just as painters dream their art will live on for years, designers worry how their signatures will survive. One way to help ensure a long-lasting mark is choosing durable materials, like copper.


    Architects around the world have used copper for hundreds of years. Nowadays, most people see steel as the standard material for buildings, but copper consistently plays a role in both traditional and cutting-edge design. Let's take a quick tour through Canada and beyond to get just a sample.


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  • 07/07/2016
    There's Copper in THAT? 5 Surprising Uses for Copper in Calgary

    You might not know it, but there is copper all around you. Copper is a ductile chemical element that is capable of conducting electricity. It was used for thousands of years to build roofs and doors and make jewelry and is now used in many of our electronic devices and appliances. It is so essential that all living things depend on it to survive. It runs through our blood, and is dense in our liver, muscles and bones.


    Because this element is so frequently used, it raises the question: "What if we run out?" Luckily, there are more than 1,000 tons in the earth's crust and it is one of the most reusable resources on earth. So, what do we use it for and how does it work?


    Copper and aluminum are metals that are able to move charged particles (electrons) in multiple directions, which means they are good conductors. This ability to conduct electricity makes them suitable for so many of the things we use every day.


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  • 06/07/2016
    What Happens to Metals After They Reach the Recycling Plant?

    You know the value of bringing in your recyclable metals and getting a little extra cash for your efforts, but do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the metal recycler's facility? You're about to find out.


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  • 05/07/2016
    Alberta's Recycling Efforts by the Numbers

    A vision of a greener earth and the promise of sustainable resources are sufficient motivation for most Canadians to recycle. Unfortunately, recycling still has some detractors, individuals who argue that the energy and money spent recycling materials minimize the impact of these green efforts.


    But, when you look at the numbers, you can see why Alberta and most other Canadian provinces promote recycling – and not just as a public relations effort. Whether you're already convinced of recycling's benefits or want hard numbers about why it's worth it, the numbers in this blog post should sway you to become a vocal supporter of recycling.


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  • 04/07/2016
    Teaching Your Kids How to Recycle

    Recycling helps keep the environment free of trash and contributes to the local economy. Whatever your reasons for recycling, you should pass that enthusiasm onto your children. By helping the next generation learn about recycling, we will teach them how to protect the environment and keep the air clean.


    Most children know that recycling is helpful, but don’t know why. Here are some ways you can teach your kids the importance of recycling:


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  • 03/07/2016
    Use the Benefits of Scrap Metal Recycling for Your Construction Business

    As a construction company, you need to cut your building and demolition costs. With all the fluctuations in the economy, and especially the construction business, you need every bit of profit to ensure the long-term viability of your business. The question is: how do you do that?


    You can take advantage of one cost cutting opportunity if you recycle the scrap metal your company comes across during the building, remodeling, and demolition process. While this may seem like a small step, proper recycling of scrap metal can offset the costs that you accrue during your company's everyday work.


    In this blog, we will show you the benefits of recycling scrap metal. We will also give you tips on how to process your scrap metal in a way to maximize efficiency and your savings. With our help, you will learn how to best take advantage of the recycling opportunities that lie right in front of you.


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  • 02/07/2016
    Does Recycling Lower the Quality of Metal in Calgary?

    So—you need to purchase a large supply of steel beams for an upcoming construction project and you are weighing your options. You would prefer to use recycled metal if you can, but will it hold up? Does recycling metal lower its quality or compromise its strength?


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  • 01/07/2016
    Federal Metals Inc. Makes Metro News over Stolen Scrap Metal in Calgary

    Federal Metals Inc. made headlines last month when newscasters highlighted the growing issue over stolen scrap metal. Metal and aluminum recycling in Calgary is a growing industry, but due to the equally increasing theft in industrial premises, scrap metal companies are becoming a dumping ground for stolen goods.


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