About ABC Recycling Ltd.
ABC Recycling purchases household, industrial and demolition scrap that might otherwise end up in landfills
or discarded without regard for the environment and process the material in our yards located throughout
British Columbia and Alberta. The recovery, processing and recycling of scrap metals has been the
company’s business for the past 106 years – more...
Working at ABC
At ABC Recycling, we strive to treat our people like family. One of our greatest sources of pride is that many lifelong friendships have been formed here through 4 generations.
We don’t just offer a place to work, we offer a career, a chance to build great relationships and a chance to give back to your community.
As we grow, we are committed to developing and advancing the careers of our people regardless of where they start with us and what their training/education is. Many of our current leaders were first discovered as labourers and operators in the yards.
A Rich History
It started with a horse and a cart. In 1912 after arriving with his family in Vancouver, Joseph Yochlowitz began scratching out a living as a junk peddler and backyard scrap dealer. His sons, Daniel and Charlie, soon joined him in his labour and by the 1920s the family business was established on Main Street as Service Auto Wrecking
By 1935, 33-year old Daniel Yochlowitz was ready to invest in his own scrap metals shop, independent from his father’s. In 1949 he established ABC Salvage & Metal. In the following two decades, the company expanded to occupy multiple lots on Main Street, Prior Street, and Union Street.
From the late 1950s, Daniel’s sons, Harold and Melvyn, steadily increased their roles in the business, and over time, Daniel passed his values and expertise on to his sons.
ABC purchased its Burnaby property in 1964, relocated in the 1970s, and began the shift from salvage to recycling. ABC began to amass the volume of materials required to sell directly to steel mills. The leadership of the company gradually passed from Daniel to Harold.
In the 1980’s, competitive pressures were building in the industry and threatening the health of the company. Harold and Melvyn’s sister, Helen, joined her brothers in tackling these new challenges. Thanks to their efforts and the company’s strong relationships with customers, suppliers and financial and legal advisors, ABC successfully weathered the storm.
In 1988, Harold’s son, David, joined the company full time – making him the fourth generation of the Yochlowitz’s to do so. Over the 1990s the company grew more than fivefold as it developed new markets in non-ferrous materials and the global brokerage arena.
Today, ABC has 9 locations throughout British Columbia and Alberta, and a far-reaching network of strategic partnerships, connecting clients from Western Canada to customers around the world.
The ABC's of ABC
We believe in ourselves and our people. That means following our ABC’s:
Act with integrity – We honour our commitments, and carry ourselves in an ethical and respectful manner.
Bring our best – We challenge ourselves to be industry leaders in safety and customer service. We strengthen our people, our partners and our community.
Commit to our future – We strive for continuous improvement and everyone has a voice in this.
Giving back and Having fun
ABC Recycling is committed to giving back to the community. Every year ABC Recycling employees are given 16 hours worth of paid volunteer time to go out into our community to say thanks.
Some of the opportunities we have been involved in the past include: The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, sorting food at our local food bank, ABC Food Drive Challenge, United Way Day of Caring, and donating blood to Canadian Blood Services to name a few!
ABC Recycling recognizes the importance of acknowledging their employees and saying thanks for their hard work and dedication. The Social Committee puts on events at various times of the year such as: “Taco Tuesday,” “Sundae Funday,” monthly birthday parties, and bowling nights among others. Each event is a huge success with almost 100% participation from our employees.