Since its inception in 1947, SGI Salvage has been a leader in automobile recycling in Canada, focusing on the introduction of new and innovative ways to help create a cleaner, healthier environment.
Over the past 6 decades, SGI Salvage has stayed true to its mission, and in the past year has recycled:
- over 7 million pounds of steel
- 100,000 cleaned, inspected and ready-to-use parts
- 95,000 litres of oil and other fluids
- 3,400 tires
- 1,400 pounds of Freon
- 300 grams of mercury
SGI Salvage's antifreeze recycling program saved over 158 million gallons of water from being polluted last year alone. That's enough water to fill a good portion of Wascana Lake in Regina.
SGI Salvage captures and recycles freon from vehicles that are going through the dismantling process. This ensures that ozone-depleting substances are removed and recycled rather than being discharged into the atmosphere. Salvage then resells the freon collected to certified buyers.
Mercury switch-out program
One gram of mercury (the amount in an automotive switch) can contaminate a 20-acre lake for 1 year to the point where the fish can't be eaten. Last year, SGI saved 6,000 acres of lake through its mercury switch-out program.
SGI salvages about 16,000 vehicles every year through its compounds. All oils are removed from dismantled vehicles and disposed of through the Saskatchewan Association of Resource Recovery Corporation.
Scrap steel and batteries
All scrap steel is sent to Wheat City Metals for recycling.
All batteries are removed and tested from dismantled and scrapped vehicles before being sold as replacements or sent to a battery recycler.
All tires removed from dismantled vehicles are inspected and either sold as replacement tires or disposed of through the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation.