Industry Standards

We follow the best environmental, safety and operating practices set out by the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS). We are members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). And sit on the board of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI).


Environmental responsibility is a priority in every process we undertake. We are a Licensed Waste Battery Transfer Facility in accordance with the Canadian Dangerous Goods Handling and Transportation Act – June 2012. We are licensed by the City of Winnipeg as an industrial business in a Zone M3 industrial park. We have a Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Environmental Licence.

Our Old Parts New Starts Program gets old polluting cars off the road and turns them into a cash donation for Habitat for Humanity. Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Bring your old car to urbanmine or have us pick it up.
  2. Sign the donation registry.
  3. Urbanmine weighs and crushes your car and sends a cheque to Habitat for Humanity for the value of the metal.
  4. Habitat then sends you a charitable receipt for the same amount.

BONUS! Feel proud that you did something good for the environment and a family in need.

Meet our first donor in the program >

Equal Opportunities West (EOW)

We partner with Equal Opportunities West to provide meaningful work for their employees, with varying abilities. Every week they pick up a trailer load of materials that need detailed work. Back in their workshop the staff get the material ready for recycling. EOW returns meticulously clean material and makes money in return. Meet our friends at EOW >


Many members of the urbanmine team volunteer widely in our community. We are proud to be able to support the following groups in many ways:

  • CancerCare Foundation’s Guardian Angel program
  • Jewish Foundation’s Women’s Endowment Fund
  • Teen Challenge
  • Siloam Mission
  • Dream Factory
  • And many others
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  • Dead Car, Good Deed

    Old Parts New Starts gets polluting cars off the road. Turns them into cash donations.

“I like the read-out scale. You can see it.”

— Don Zieglgansberger

Don's Salvage, Estevan, Saskatchewan

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“Extremely open and transparent.”

— Lise Baker

General Manager, Champ Industries

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“Concerned about the environment.”

— Lyndon Finney

Chief Financial Officer, Canadian Tool and Die

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“Big enough to handle our products.”

— Barry Fraser

Production Manager, Imperial Steel Products

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“Beautiful, clean... This is a scrap yard?”

— Terry MacLeod

CBC Radio Manitoba, Broadcast October 2009

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