Did you know that Urbanmine accepts waste material from residential customers? We accept metals, electronics and batteries. We want the process to go as smooth as possible for you, so we have rounded up some tips and tricks that might help when you come to drop off your recyclable waste.
Before You Arrive
Before you come to Urbanmine, you can do a few things to make the process of unloading your waste easier and less time-consuming. Sort your load according to the material that it is. If you are having trouble telling the difference between steel and other metals, use a magnet. If the magnet sticks to it, it is steel.
For metals like aluminum, stainless steel, copper and brass, you can maximize your return by removing steel screws and plastic insulation or attachments. Be sure to organize your load before you arrive by keeping each type of material together. For example, use boxes or pails to keep all your aluminum separate from your copper.
Once You Arrive
If it is your first visit to our facility, you may want to check-in at our front office when you arrive. You will be greeted by our friendly and helpful team, who will point you in the right direction. Be prepared to tell them what you have on your load. If your load is primarily steel, we will direct you to drive slowly onto the truck scale. You will need to follow a set of traffic lights to enter and another to exit the scale. Once weighed, drive straight off the scale to the pile directly in front of you. Once you have unloaded, drive back onto the scale, following the traffic lights once again. After you have been weighed empty, park on the road and head to the entrance door under the ‘Scale Office’ sign. Be sure to bring your driver’s license to receive your payment.
If you have a smaller load of steel (less than 100 pounds), non-ferrous metal (i.e. not steel), or lead-acid batteries, we will direct you to the other side of the fence, where you can park in one of the customer stalls. Once parked, exit your vehicle and wait for a warehouse employee to come see what you have and bring you a pallet. Once you have unloaded onto the pallet, the operator will direct you to the entrance door and take your load into the warehouse where you will be able to see the weight of your material on the scale. Once everything is weighed, you will receive a scale ticket and be asked to proceed to the scale office with your driver’s license to receive your payment.
Dropping Off E-Waste and Household Batteries
If you are dropping off e-waste such as old computers, TVs and stereos, you will be directed by our friendly team to a bin marked ‘Residential E-Waste’ located in the front parking lot, to the right of the main gate. There is no payment for e-waste, but we ensure it goes to a specialized e-waste recycler within Canada as part of the Provincial EPRA program.
If you are dropping off household batteries, please put them in a small bag and drop them in the ‘Residential E-Waste’ bin as well. We accept single-use and rechargeable household batteries up to 11 pounds each. If you have lead-acid batteries, you will follow the same steps as you would with non-ferrous metals. Please note we do not accept electric/hybrid car batteries or lithium power sport batteries.
You can drive or tow your vehicle to Urbanmine to be recycled. Be sure to remove all personal belongings and we ask that you bring the Transfer of Ownership (found on the back of the most recent registration) whenever possible. If you are driving the vehicle to be recycled, stop in, or call the office when you arrive so they know that is your intention. Just like other steel loads, you will proceed to the truck scale and follow the traffic lights. Once you have been weighed drive into the yard, where you will be instructed where to park or offload the vehicle. Tow trucks will need to scale out once off loaded. If you need to remove the license plate once the vehicle is in the yard, be sure to bring a screwdriver! Once the vehicle is dropped, head back to the scale office for payment.
We Are Here to Help
No matter what recyclable materials you bring to Urbanmine, our friendly and knowledgeable team will be there to answer any questions you might have. We will do everything we can to ensure you have a positive and profitable experience!