About

The history of ABC Recycling is intertwined with the legacy of the Yochlowitz family. Joseph Yochlowitz and his wife Sarah immigrated to Canada from Poland at the turn of the last century, eventually settling in Vancouver. In 1912, Joseph began a scrap peddling business, working the streets of the young city with horse and wagon. He was soon joined by his son, Daniel. In 1935, Daniel opened his own scrap metal business and, 14 years later, bought a building and established ABC Salvage and Metal Company.

Over the years, subsequent generations of family members have joined the business, and leadership has been handed from Daniel to his son Harold, and from Harold to his eldest son, David. The company has continued to flourish so that today, third and fourth-generation family members are actively involved in growing ABC Recycling for future generations.

MISSION

We strengthen the lives of our people, community and partners, by taking today’s scrap metal and turning it in to tomorrow’s resources.

VISION

We will continue to evolve as the leading Western Canadian scrap metal processor. We will achieve this through exceptional customer service and innovative solutions.

CORE VALUES

Act with integrity

  • We honour our commitments
  • We 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 community and our partners

Commit to our future

  • We strive for continuous improvement and everyone has a voice in this
  • We are committed to sustainable, long-term growth

Milestones

1912

Joseph begins scrap peddling business in Vancouver; his son

Daniel joins soon after

1935

Daniel launches his own salvage business

1949

Daniel opens ABC Salvage and Metal Company on Main Street in Vancouver

1961

Daniel’s son Harold joins ABC

1964

10-acre property purchased in Burnaby

1970's

Business relocates to Burnaby and begins to shift from salvage to recycling

Company builds spur to main railroad line

ABC employs 14 people

1975

Name changes to ABC Recycling

1980

Non-ferrous business emerges

1981

ABC Recycling begins exports to Japan

1988

Harold’s son David joins company full time

ABC Recycling employs 35 people

1993

ABC Recycling expands to Campbell River

1995 Exports to China begins; brokerage business emerges

2000

Helen's daughter Karen joins the company full time

2004

Company joins Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFÉ)

2005

Forms joint venture partnership with Bold Salvage & Recycling in Terrace

ABC Recycling employs 66 people

2006

Harold's son Mike joins the company full time

2007

ABC Recycling expands to Surrey

Forms joint venture partnership with Action Metals Recycling in Kelowna

ABC employs more than 130 people at operations throughout BC

2010

ABC Recycling partners with The Kidney Foundation of Canada, establishing Kidney Metals and taking over the Kidney Car program in BC

2011

ABC Recycling in partnership with Bold Salvage expands to Prince George

Action Metals Recycling and Bold Salvage & Recycling adopt the ABC Recycling brand

2012

ABC Recycling celebrates its 100th Anniversary

ABC Recycling expands to Fort St. John

2013

ABC Recycling acquires Grande Prairie Salvage Ltd. and Peace Containers

2015

ABC Recycling expands to Nanaimo