• 10 Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Household

    Climate change is on everyone’s mind, and as we speak, all it takes is one quick Google search of “Australia fires,” and you can see how important this issue is. People’s interest in the climate vary from country to country, but a study in the Spring of 2018 ( had found that internationally, our concern has been on the rise year over year since 2013.

    We are all citizens of the world, and we are at a crossroads in history. It is imperative that we do more than recognize there is a problem; we must take action. Every little effort and step will lead us on a journey to a healthier planet and a less fateful future. 

    Today, we are looking at ten things that you can do to take action at home.

    10 Tips for Eco-friendly Living

    1. Using Reusable Grocery Bags

    There are no two ways about it; single-use plastic bags are one of the worst things for the environment. 99% of plastic bags are not recycled and end up in landfills, or worse, the ocean. Do your part, and have your family make the move to reusable grocery bags.

    2. The Case for Composting

    Roughly 40% of compost is made up of materials that would otherwise find their way into a landfill. Composting at home prevents creating more trash and the nutrient rich organic material it produces is great for your garden!

  • Our Operational Update

    If you visit urbanmine today, you’ll find our commitment to transparency, service, and fair pricing unchanged.

    Nevertheless, you will notice we’ve made some changes to protect our customers and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Sanitation – all counters, door handles, and other commonly touched surfaces are being disinfected frequently throughout the day.

    Social Distancing – we are serving customers one at a time and limiting the number of people in the building. We have designated customer waiting areas in the warehouse. We have marked the appropriate 2 meter spacing on the floor in the scale office while limiting the number of occupants to two. Similarly, we’ve marked the proper areas to stand in our reception area. Some spaces, formerly open to the public, have been designated for staff only.

    Hygiene – we have educated our staff on proper handwashing techniques, and we’ve increased the number of hand sanitizer dispensers installed throughout our facility.

    Above all, we ask that employees and customers who exhibit respiratory symptoms remain at home.

    The situation regarding COVID-19 in our community remains fluid, and we are continually monitoring the developments. We’re following all precautions we can and will adjust our practices as we are advised.

    In the meantime, we recognize that many area businesses and individuals rely on the services we provide. We will continue to pay market value for recyclable metals and accept deliveries of electronic waste while maintaining public health and safety as our top priority.

  • Catalytic Converter – Responsible Recycling


    In response to environmental concerns, governments started mandating stricter pollution controls for automakers in the late 1970s. One of the most effective ways to reduce tailpipe emissions for gas-burning vehicles was the addition of a ‘Catalytic Converter’ to the vehicle’s exhaust stream.

    The converter uses precious metals to kick-start chemical reactions in the exhaust gases. As a result, the quantity of pollutants made by the vehicle is reduced. These catalytic agents are valuable metals in the platinum family – platinum, rhodium, and palladium.

    Different grades of converters contain various combinations and quantities of these metals, plus a steel or ceramic substrate material and a steel casing. The combinations are endless, and as a result, values vary greatly in the recycling market.


  • They don’t make’em like they used to!

    The useful life of household appliances is shorter than it used to be. Purchase prices have come down as manufacturing processes have become more efficient. It costs less to build machines with fewer mechanical parts, and more electronic ones. As the machine ages, mechanical parts can be repaired or replaced, which is good for your pocketbook and the environment. On the other hand, electronics quickly become obsolete. For example, when the motherboard in your washing machine or dishwasher stops working, it may be impossible to repair, and replacement parts could be hard to find. Unfortunately, this could mean the end of life for your appliance.

    Where do broken appliances go? The landfill is not the ideal place for household appliances. Did you know that almost all appliances can be recycled? Most contain a fair amount of recyclable material, from the steel cabinet to cast aluminum parts, and copper windings in the motors.



  • 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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