What would you like to Recycle?

Steel

Steel
Much of the steel packaging, equipment and appliances in your house likely contain at least 25% recycled steel content. Many of the cans we consider to be 'tin' cans are actually steel cans with a thin coat of tin on the exterior to add strength.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Choosing steel cans may be a better option than plastic bottles when choosing a soft drink or juice, as recycling options are easier on the environment and longer lasting. Recycling aluminum does not involve downcycling—an old can is made into a new can, over and over, unlike plastic, which is usually remade into a lower quality plastic. Nevertheless, you can still reduce your consumption of steel by not overindulging on canned goods and appliance replacements.

Reuse

If you have a steel appliance or equipment in good working order, try offloading it on freecycle or craigslist or check if a local charity is accepting. Store and organise pens, pencils, and utensils or puncture holes in the can and use it as a decorative candleholder.

Recycle

Rinse that can out, crush it and put it in your blue bin! If you have larger quantities or pieces of steel, contact one of the outlets below:

[Related items – Large Appliances (White Goods); Aluminum; Tin Cans; Other Metals]

Facilities

  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4456

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Brentwood Auto & Metal Recyclers

    7481 West Saanich road
    Saanichton
    250.665.7282

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.3385

  • DL's Recycling Centre

    6844 Oldfield Rd
    Saanichton
    250.544.3103

  • Ellice Recycle

    524 David Street
    Victoria
    250.386.4342

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.381.2020

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • Laurie's Recycling & Integrated Resource Mgmt. Inc / Laurie's Garbage & Recycling

    295 Park Drive
    Salt Spring Island
    250.653.9279

  • Oak Bay Public Works Yard (Oak Bay residents only)

    1771 Elgin Road
    Oak Bay
    250.598.4501

  • Pender Island Recycling Depot

    4400 Otter Bay Road
    Pender Island
    250.629.6962

  • Pender Island Waste Management Ltd

    PO Box 26
    Pender Island
    250.629.6690

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • Saturna Island Recycling Depot

    101 Harris Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.8080

  • Schnitzer

    307 David Street
    Victoria
    250.381.5865

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • The Environmental Story

    Steel is produced from mined iron ore and consumes a large amount of precious energy and water in the original production process. Fortunately, this lightweight and malleable material can be recycled indefinitely without downcycling, so there's no excuse for throwing an old steel can in the trash. Recycling a tonne of steel keeps 1.5 tonnes of iron ore in the mine and saves 40% of the water and 75% of the energy used to make virgin steel.