Who We Are
Westcan Recyclers is a fully integrated ferrous and non-ferrous metals recycler, with a management team that has a combined 65 years of hands-on experience in the metal recycling business.
Ownership is fully involved in the day-to-day operation of the business and handles each customer with the same care and attention that has helped Westcan grow since its inception.
Over the years the management team has observed and toured hundreds of metal recycling operations around the world and has taken the knowledge passed down from some of the largest metal recyclers on the planet and incorporated these tested and proven business practices into Westcan's core business structure.
Established in 1991
Westcan Recyclers Ltd. (Westcan) first opened its doors in Calgary, AB in 1991. Since then the focus has always been on the principles of quality, honesty, integrity and versatility. Over the years, following the principles we were founded on, this family-run business has grown to be one of the most trusted names in the Canadian scrap metal recycling industry.
Westcan is dedicated to being a leader in the metal recycling industry and a trendsetter through advanced material sorting and identification technologies, as well as state-of-the-art material processing and handling.
Investments in these areas allow Westcan to maintain the highest level of product quality and control. These technologies, as well as our experienced management team, provide a service and experience that is unmatched in the Alberta marketplace.
In addition to the hands-on process of recycling metal, Westcan is recognized as being a completely transparent metal recycling operation. Westcan was the first metals recycler to implement digital scaling technology, time-stamped photography and material identification openly to the general public and all of its industrial/corporate clients. This system allows large and small generators of scrap to easily monitor, audit, track and reconcile their scrap generation on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis.
Metal Recycling is
Our Primary Operation
Westcan receives metal from the general public throughout Alberta and surrounding provinces on a daily basis. In addition to a fleet of trucks (including luggers, roll-offs, flat decks, tractors, flat deck trailers, lowboys, btrains and vans) are on the road every day collecting metals from industrial and commercial business facilities, as well as holding yards and project sites throughout Alberta.
Processing and handling equipment such as shears - mobile and stationary, grapples, magnets, cranes, shredders, balers - portable and stationary, forklifts, skid steers, as well as a highly trained staff ensure the material is processed quickly and efficiently as received.
Westcan's superior processing methods and quality products have enabled relationships to be built with mills and foundries throughout North America, allowing direct shipment to end-users and eliminating the need for middle processors.
Metal Management Solutions
For Over 30 Years.
Prior to Westcan's entrance into the marketplace, scrap metal recycling was severely outdated with many companies simply landfilling all-metal generation as they could not efficiently handle the scrap and could not find a full circle solution. Westcan has endeavoured to change this from day one by modernizing equipment and removing processing from customer sites.
Over the years, Westcan has diversified to handle brokerage, storage, wood, porcelain, glass, plastics and garbage in addition to non-ferrous and ferrous metals.
Superior methods to handle metals or products that contain hazardous items such as radiation, oils, chemicals, mercury, or asbestos have been developed by Westcan and are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Westcan Recyclers Ltd. creates operational strategies based on the constantly changing commodities markets in which its products are bought and sold.
Westcan uses a bottom-up approach to secure the financial stability and profitability of the company. The longevity and general direction of Westcan's operations are diligently monitored, directed by the buying and selling of ferrous and non-ferrous metals relative to the market demand of each commodity. New innovations and processes are implemented in order to anticipate changing market conditions and adjust when necessary.