In spite of the burgeoning overall demand for recycled metals, a recycling market can reward scrap yards one year and punish them severely the next. Yet Société des Métaux Recyclés (SMR) has been able to thrive in times so lean that profitability was difficult, even for their yards with annual business totalling billions of dollars.
In the grand scheme of things, West Coast Metal Recycling is not a large operation. Located in Langley, B.C., just outside Vancouver, the company moved to a new 3.2-acre site in 2012, where they now have 52,000 square feet of covered building and process between 1,200 and 1,500 tons of ferrous and nonferrous metals monthly. The company services established markets around the world, shipping direct from B.C. to most global ports.