The answer is no. At Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc. in Campbellville, we value our environmental responsibility and strive to be leaders when it comes to environmentally friendly practices in metal recycling. And part of this environmental responsibility is being proactive, especially making sure the water supply is unaffected by our recycling processes.
One of the questions we get asked is, “Are you polluting the water?”
Where Do the Fluids Go?
There’s a misconception held by people outside of the metal recycling business that the runoff from our processes ends up in the drinking water. This is just that: a misconception. None of the fluids from our recycling yard ever end up in the drinking water or in the soil. We ALWAYS remove all fluids from the equipment and vehicles we recycle, including:
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
We use a state of the art, special piece of equipment to remove and contain all fluids. This ensures the safety and cleanliness of the drinking water and soil. The fluids are then picked up by a company specializing in clean recapture of fluid for recycling.
We recycle a large number of end-of-life vehicles – vehicles that are no longer useable. We recycle them for the scrap metal, so we are trained in the processes required to remove all contaminants from these vehicles. These processes adhere to the government of Ontario’s regulations, and we’re registered with the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) as a site for end of life vehicles. We were among the first companies to register for this activity.
End-of-life vehicles sometimes have ABS brakes with mercury switches. Mercury is a highly toxic element that has to be handled carefully to avoid spills and exposure. Our adherence to the end-of-life vehicle program means we’re trained to remove the switches, which we then send to Scout Environmental (formerly known as Summerhill Impact) in Toronto for proper disposal.
Interested in learning more? Find out what other best practices we use to ensure safe and environmentally-friendly metal recycling!