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Flagship yard open at 2411 76th Ave!

Our new yard is open!  The yard at 2411 76th Ave (across from Sterling Crane and next door to Russell Metals) is open from 8-4 daily, with evening and weekend unloading usually available by appointment.  We take steel, including oversized, as well as nonferrous materials and plastics.  The main phone number (780 465 0859) will reach the desk here.

The yard is well drained and is suitable for large and small trucks year-round.

If you visited us before on 1st St, that yard is still open but by appointment only.

Take a bin!

CAC now offers long-term bin services in Edmonton, and temporary bin services throughout Northern Alberta.  Got scrap?  Take our bin, no contract, and we will find a way to get you competitive rates and convenient pickups.

This service is offered in partnership with one of Edmonton’s leading logistics companies.  For more information, click here.

New yard coming to East Edmonton

CAC is opening a major new facility at 2411 76th Ave.  The site will purchase materials and dramatically increases inventory and service capabilities, so our practice of offering quick unloading will become even faster.  Stay tuned for the date.

March Scrap Metal Prices Update: ferrous scrap up, but will it last?

Scrap Metal Prices Updatescrap metal loading

After a dismal end to 2015, ferrous scrap metal prices seem to be rebounding. The latest surge in prices is attributed to higher demand in parts of Asia and North American markets. This is reportedly due to restricted supply and US steelmaking utilization. Canadian mills in particular have been competitively pricing scrap amid concerns of losing supply to the United States because of the low Canadian dollar.

Copper and Aluminum also saw sizeable gains due to restricted supply.

So, is this a short term adjustment or a sign of further scrap metal price increases to come?

According to the World Steel Association, crude steel production in January 2016 was down 7.1% compared to January 2015. The biggest deceases in January volume were seen in China (-7.1%), Japan (-2.8%), the U.S. (-8.8%), India (-1.2%), South Korea (-4.5%), Russia (-10.6%) and Brazil (-17.9%).

The only major producers to see an increase in January production was Turkey (0.8%) and Ukraine (3.6%).

Worldwide steel production has seen a modest increase of 1.1% in January 2016 compared to December 2015.

Although the recent scrap steel market has seen some signs of recovery, it should not be taken as a clear sign of good times ahead just yet. This uptick in prices should none the less take some much needed pressure off local scrap dealers and suppliers.

CAC Recycling’s pricing reflects the market and has updated March scrap metal rebate prices. For the latest scrap metal prices, call CAC Recycling’s Edmonton office at (780) 416-8007.




Safety First: Delivering Scrap Metal to CAC Recycling

scrap metal deliveryDelivering Scrap Metal to CAC Recycling

When delivering to CAC Recycling, there are a number of procedures to follow and safety policies to adhere to. In order to ensure a safe and timely delivery of material, visitors are encouraged to become familiar with the following guide to delivering to CAC.

Getting to the yard

For directions to CAC Recycling click here

Once arriving to the yard, drive onto the scale and call the front office at (780) 416-8007 to record your gross weight. The front office will collect the information they require and inform the yard of your arrival. Once your weight is recorded, CAC Recycling’s front desk staff will direct you to the yard. If you need extra assistance, there is a map available inside the main office to assist you in reaching the back gate office.

The front office is located on the 2nd floor of the building on site and can be accessed on the north side of the building.

Before proceeding to the yardConstruction worker, safety

Please ensure:

  • Load is secure
  • You have the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the job at hand. The minimum PPE required for entering CAC’s scrap yard includes: hard hat, CSA steel toed boots, and a reflective vest (If you do not have these, proper PPE can be provided to you at CAC’s gate office)
  • All material is free from hazardous substances and all tanks are emptied

Signing inCAC Recycling gate office

At the gate office, you will be prompted to sign in and read CAC Recycling’s safe work practices information sheet. Then, the yard manager will be notified of your arrival and will instruct you where to go to unload your material.

Entering/exiting the yard

When in the yard please make sure to:

  • Follow the directional traffic when entering and exiting the premises
  • Follow the posted speed limit of 15km/h
  • Stay within the safe areas of the yard and stand clear (50 feet) from all machinery in operation
  • Follow all directions and instructions given to you at the gate office and by other CAC staff while your truck is being unloaded

When approaching operating machinery, stop and wait until you have made eye contact with the operator. In the case of approaching an excavator or material handler, the operator will then stop what he/she is doing and lower their arm to the ground. Only at this time is it safe to proceed.

map of edmonton scrap metal yard

Signing out/leaving yard

After unloading, return to the gate office where you will be expected to sign out and return any borrowed PPE. The gate office staff will then direct you back to the scale to record your tare weight.

Drive onto the scale and call the front office so they can collect any more information they require and record your tare weight. Once you are cleared to leave, you may drive off of the scale and exit the premises.

The Lifecycle of Scrap Metal

Although the scrap metal industry doesn’t receive very much media attention, it is an integral part of the global manufacturing supply chain. According to the Canadian Association of Recycling, around 45% of steel, over 40% of copper and about 33% of aluminum comes from recycled material. Canada alone recycles between 16 and 18 million tonnes of scrap metal annually.

CAC Recycling plays a critical role in the manufacturing of steel by providing high quality scrap to steel mills in North America and along the Asian Pacific Rim. The export of scrap steel is ultimately used to create high grade steel that can be made into manufacturing products that often get sold back to Canada. CAC Recycling participates in this process by providing demolition and site clean up services, transportation, sorting, processing, and shipping.

The Lifecycle of Scrap

Aging structures and surplus material on client’s sitePort Mann Bridge scrap metal

Scrap metal begins as structures, machinery, and other material that has become damaged or has passed its useful life. CAC Recycling has experience in disposing of a wide variety of structures and other assets such as: bridges, pipe, oil rigs, heat exchangers, buildings, heavy machinery, vessels, and vehicles among others.

CAC Recycling became the sole receiver of scrap metal generated from the deconstruction of the Port Mann Bridge in Surrey BC.

Demolition and site clean up

As a value added to our clients, CAC Recycling demolitionprovides comprehensive site cleaning and demolition services. CAC has the appropriate heavy machinery, experience and safety programs to undertake even the most difficult clean up and disposal projects. Demolition and site clean ups often yield a large amount of scrap material for CAC to recycle. CAC provides a scrap metal rebate to our clients, ultimately reducing the cost of disposal projects.


CAC Recycling has a fleet of trucks and dedicated dispatch that can transport material from our client’s sites to CAC’s yards in Sherwood Park, Alberta or Maple Ridge, British Columbia.


Material received from clients is often comprised of both ferrous and non-ferrous material as well as contaminants. Upon unloading, CAC staff works hard to sort the material and prepare it to be processed.


In order to make sure material will be able to be containerized and shipped internationally, scrap metal must be processed either by manual torch cutting or an industrial shredder.

scrap metal shredderCutting scrap metal






loading scrap metal

Once material is sorted and processed, it is loaded into containers – ready to ship.


CAC Recycling trucks the processed material to rail where it goes to steel mills in North America or is shipped to Canada’s west coast to be loaded onto cargo ships headed for the Pacific Rim.

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Asian and North American steel millsblast furnace

Once material has been received by steel mills in North America and Asia, steel is typically fed into a furnace where scrap metal is ridded of impurities. At temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees, the molten steel is reformed and made into quality steel products. For more information on the manufacturing of steel check out the World Steel Association’s website.

Finished product

Scrap steel is ultimately used in the manufacturing of high quality steel products and structures.

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Video: News Conference for CAC Naturals Launch

The highly anticipated launch of the partnership between CAC Enterprises Group and Factors Group took place in Richmond, BC on November 9th 2015. Factors Group, makers of the highly successful “Webber Naturals” brand, has agreed to an exclusive distribution agreement that will grant CAC Enterprises sole distributorship of the brand to all of mainland China. With over 16 years of international trading experience, CAC Enterprises Group will use their knowledge and extensive trading networks to market and sell Webber Naturals products under “CAC Naturals”, part of CAC Enterprises Group.

About the PartnershipCAC Naturals and Factors Group

The partnership between CAC Enterprises Group and Factors Group is based on more than 16 years of history between the two companies and will aim to reach the longstanding goal of the Factors Group to enter the Chinese market with its flagship brand, “Webber Naturals”. The move was prompted by new regulations in China for the import of small-value packages through e-commerce. The strength of the Webber Naturals brand and CAC’s international trading expertise provide an ideal partnership between the two entities.

Factors GroupWebber Naturals

The Factors Group is one of the largest health supplement manufacturers in North America. With all of its own farms, state-of-the art labs, and almost 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Factors Group controls the quality of their product from the farm to the shelf. They are also committed to the environment by maintaining a LEED gold certification and through the use of raw materials sourced from their certified-organic farmland.

CAC NaturalsCAC Naturals

CAC Enterprises Group has been marketing and selling products from North America to Asia since 1999, exporting an average of more than 3,000 containers per year. CAC has experience in exporting dozens of products, the most successful of which is scrap steel. CAC Naturals is committed to becoming China’s most trusted source for high-quality Canadian and US food supplements and health products by 2020.

CAC Enterprises Group CEO Hong Yang’s speech

CAC Naturals in the news (Mandarin)




The Future of CAC: Alberta’s Industrial Heartland

CAC is planning a major industrial development in the burgeoning Industrial Heartland located in the Edmonton Capital Region. The plan includes a multi-phase industrial park with over 280 acres of gravelled laydown space and direct access to highway 830. Preliminary engineering has already begun and construction is set to start early January 2016.

CAC’s development lands are strategically located between Alberta’s northern oil sands and Edmonton to provide convenient support services to nearby oil and gas developments.

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland encompasses 582 square kilometers within the municipalities of Fort Saskatchewan, Lamont County, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, and the City of Edmonton. To date, the Heartland region has attracted over $30 billion in investment and another $20 billion is expected by 2018. The region has become Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region and manufactures 43% of Canada’s basic chemical products. Future development in the Heartland region will be focused on increasing the capacity for bitumen upgrading and petrochemical processing, and improving the pipeline network.

Alberta's Industrial Heartland

The Heartland region will play an increasingly significant role between the Northern Alberta oil sands and Edmonton. Proposed development is slated to transform the area into a major processing, transportation, and logistics hub that will service future growth in the oil sands. To support growth, the Edmonton capital region will provide the Industrial Heartland with access to highly skilled labour, construction services and manufacturing. The region also has direct rail connections to the United States mid-west and access to Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert on Canada’s west coast.

If you would like to learn more, visit the Alberta Industrial Heartland Association’s website for the latest statistics and project news.

Map of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland land holdings

Scrap Metal Prices: what you should know

scrap metal prices, edmonton, maple ridge, vancouver

Scrap metal prices are at the lowest levels in nearly a decade and are expected to fall even further. This has many worried about the future of the scrap metal industry.

So, when will scrap metal prices rebound?

The answer is unclear. But, scrap metal prices do have some unique characteristics that can help give an indication of what to expect.

The normal cycle of scrap metal prices

The overall nature of scrap metal prices can be characterized as volatile but robust. It is common for prices to double or halve in response to market conditions. Historically, prices are particularly responsive to recessions and wartime. As volatile as prices may seem, there is a clear 5-year cycle where prices fall and then rebound. It is expected that prices will reach a minimum, then rise. It is uncertain if the expected drop in prices will be the minimum.


Scrap metal prices tend to increase in the winter. This is known as the “great lakes’ freeze effect”. Harsh winter weather conditions inhibit the collection of scrap metal and demolition projects .This leads to a decrease in supply, and resulting in higher prices. So, this winter might be an ideal time to dispose of scrap steel assets.

Energy prices

Scrap metal prices seem to be related to oil prices. As oil prices have decreased, so has scrap metal prices. However, research suggests that there is no relationship between scrap metal and energy prices in the long run. Therefore, Oil prices may not be the best indicator of what direction scrap prices are likely heading.

Reference: Jonathan Aylen and Kevin Albertson, “Markets in Ferrous Scrap for Steelmaking,” Ironmaking and Steelmaking (2006): 203-212.

For more information on current scrap metal prices in the Edmonton and Vancouver areas, please contact us.

For up to date scrap metal news, check out


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What type of scrap metal do you have?

One of the most common questions we receive at CAC Recycling’s front desk is “how much can I get for my scrap metal?”. The first step in getting an accurate estimate is to determine first what it is you have. In the metal recycling industry there are three main determinants of value: type, size, and condition of scrap metal.


Ferrous scrap metal are materials that contain ironscrap metal, edmonton, maple ridge, vancouver or iron alloys. This includes steel and pig iron. Some examples of ferrous scrap metal include: steel pipe, chain-link fencing, car bodies, steel machinery, tanks, and I-beams.

Ferrous scrap metal is classified in two ways: by thickness and length. “#1” refers to scrap greater than 1/4 inch think while “#2” is less than 1/4 inch thick. Scrap metal that is greater than 4 feet in length is referred to as “oversized” while material less than 4 feet is called “prepared”.

For example:

A steel pipe that is 1 inch think and 4 feet long = #1 Prepared

If a load of steel contains #1 and #2 it is called “mixed”. If a load of steel contains both prepared and oversized, material is typically separated.

Non Ferrous

Non ferrous scrap does not contain iron. scrap copper wire, edmonton, maple ridgeThis includes copper, aluminum, nickel, tin, titanium, gold, and silver among others. Some examples of non ferrous scrap metal includes: copper wire, tin siding, and aluminum sheets.

Non ferrous scrap metal is typically classified as either “clean” or “dirty”. Dirty scrap metal has non-metallic objects attached to it while clean scrap metal does not.

Copper is classified as either “#1” or “#2”. #2 copper has erosion or painted parts while #1 copper does not.

So, next time you have scrap metal to sell, try using these terms for quicker and more accurate scrap metal rebate quotes.

For a quote on your scrap metal, please contact a yard near you.

scrap metal yard, edmonton, maple ridgeIf you would like to learn more about the scrap industry, check out the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ website.