• Make the Most of Your Scrap Metal at urbanmine

    If you’re an electrical or plumbing contractor or work in another business that generates scrap metal, you can maximize your business’ profits by selling your scrap material for top dollar.

    In the past, the business of scrapping metal could be untidy, with muddy lots and a confusing system of payment for your material. urbanmine is working to redefine metal recycling with a new, professional approach.

    Redefining User Experience. At urbanmine, we concentrate on the user experience. Our yard is clean and well organized. You can come inside and speak with a knowledgeable employee who will help you organize and load your metals onto a scale. You’ll be able to see the scale readout, so you know how much it weighs. We pride ourselves on our transparency – you are in the loop every step of the way. It’s our integrity that keeps people coming back to urbanmine.

  • Not All Metal is Created Equal

    All metal is worth something. The exact value of your scrap metal can vary though, and scrap prices are volatile. That can mean the difference between $ and $$$.

    What affects it? Several things actually, but some of the main ones are:

    The market price

    The going rate for scrap metal fluctuates in the same way it does for minerals or natural resources. Its values can even be impacted by economic and political affairs.

    The price of copper was around $4 CAD/pound in 2008. In January 2009, at the height of the U.S.-led global recession, that price had fallen to less than $2.50 CAD/pound (Source: Infomine,

    The type of scrap

    Not all scrap is worth the same amount. This is largely because the supply and demand of different metals fluctuate at different rates. Non-ferrous metals are generally more valuable for recycling than ferrous ones, especially in smaller quantities. (That’s why we love A-LU-MI-NUM!)

    Non-ferrous metals like aluminum and copper are non-magnetic. Ferrous metals (steel) are typically magnetic.

    The value of your metal can vary, but Urbanmine will always give you a fair price. Our pricing model is transparent, and there are no surprises. Come down and see us—we’d love to pay you for your metal!



  • Recycle Around The House…Even the Kitchen Sink

    There’s a lot you can recycle around the house…even the kitchen sink!

    Scrapping isn’t just for the professionals anymore. There are a lot of regular household items you can recycle, and maybe even pick up some cash!

    Personal electronics

    Don’t drop it in a landfill. urbanmine is a registered Recycle My Electronics drop-off depot. Bring us your used electronics and we’ll make sure it’s disposed of properly.

    • Computers
    • Circuit boards/RAM
    • Ethernet/power cords
    • Cell phones
    • Cordless phones
    • VCRs
    • DVD players
    • Stereos
    • Printers
    • Fax machines
    • Keyboards
    • Video game consoles


  • Before you recycle that electronic device…

    Thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste ends up in Canadian landfills every year. The culprit?  That old flip phone and outdated computers.

    Your used electronic devices may have reached the end of their lifespan, but there’s a better place to put them than the local landfill.

    Urbanmine is a registered Recycle My Electronics drop-off depot.

    How to prepare your device for recycling

    Passwords, credit card numbers,banking information, even pictures of your kids—if you’re going to dispose of those old devices it is good practice to clear your personal data off the device before you turn it in. Your old laptop and smart phone are a goldmine for identity and data thieves. Even a digital fax and copy machines can store contact information.



  • The Road to Urbanmine with Don’s Salvage

  • How to Be Lean Manufacturer with Urbanmine

  • Working with Equal Opportunities West

  • Old Parts New Starts for Habitat for Humanity

  • Urbanmine’s History

  • A-lu-mi-num Jingle

  • 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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