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Civic Recycling & The Canadian Electricity Association Vision 2050: Modernization & Innovation

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The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) acknowledges that Canada is now at a crossroads in the future of the country’s utilities. According to the 2015 report “Electric Utility Innovation: Toward Vision 2050,” an enormous portion of the country’s infrastructure is nearing the end of its lifespan. As such it will require investments that could top $350 billion over the next decades to adequately maintain coverage and keep up with demand. At the same time, current practices and electrical generation methods may not be the best for the electrical needs of the future. That means continued innovation is necessary to provide electricity responsibly and in an environmentally friendly way.

Civic Recycling is dedicated to the aims of Vision 2050 so Canadians continue to have access to a well-maintained electrical grid.

Civic Recycling is dedicated to Vision 2050 so Canadians continue to have access to a well-maintained electrical grid. We provide the compliant products consumers need, help eliminate risk through circuit breaker testing and empower responsible disposal practices through our fluorescent bulb recycling program.

As the government works to provide oversight and electrical upgrades are performed to infrastructure throughout the country, we’re ready to partner with residential and business customers throughout Calgary & the greater Alberta region to enable your own responsible updates at reasonable prices. We work with contractors performing residential and corporate upgrades and individual customers updating items on their own properties.

What Are The Five Pillars CEA Has Adopted For Enhancing Our Electrical Grid?

At Civic Recycling, we’re proud to share how pleased we are with what Canada has already accomplished during its bid to embrace modernization and innovation for our country’s own infrastructure. According to the 2017 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, the CEA has adopted five very important pillars to support updating and enhancing our electrical grid. Those pillars include a low-carbon future, improved infrastructure, building relationships with communities and customers, risk-management systems and business excellence.

We especially like the good stewardship and responsibility shown by the commitment within the pillars to integrate renewable energy better, mitigate the impact of climate change, increase support to low-income families and hire the best possible employees to conduct business.

The 2017 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report also shows a decreased reliance on coal and oil sources between 2015 and 2016. During the same time frame, diesel and hydroelectric usage trended slightly higher. The real winners with enormous increases included natural gas, nuclear and renewables as energy sources.

Each of those trends shows the commitment Canada has made to Vision 2050. Unfortunately, Canada’s carbon emissions did increase slightly between 2015 and 2016, but the CEA continues to work to reverse that advance.

Addressing the other pillars through progress, the Annual Report contains positive trends for infrastructure investment, lower mercury emissions, and fewer toxic spills. It shows that fewer energy corporations supported low-income customers through special programs in 2016 versus 2015 which, like carbon footprint reduction, will need continued hard work in the future to bring into line with modern times.

How does Will Civic Recycling continue To Support Vision 2050?

We stand in support of the hard work being performed throughout the provinces and territories of Canada, and especially here in Alberta, toward Vision 2050. Along the way, we look forward to continuing to assist our customers in Calgary, the surrounding area and across Canada. Whether we can help you recycle fluorescent bulbs or ballasts, test your breakers or supply all the products you need for any size electrical project, we are ready to serve.

Contact us if you have any further questions and we would be happy to answer them.

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How Surplus Equipment Can Help You Predict the Future

How Surplus Equipment Can Help You Predict the Future

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by any excess electrical equipment? Upgrading your operation, decluttering a shop, or converting a workspace can leave you with equipment you don’t want or need. This can leave you feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.

At Civic Recycling we can help you put this surplus equipment to work for your business. Instead of taking up space in a landfill or causing clutter in your operation it can be converted to positive cash flow that will have an immediate impact on your bottom line.

Civic Recycling Purchasing and Testing

We are known throughout Canada for meeting a wide variety of wholesale electrical needs and for finding unique solutions to our customers’ problems. Purchasing used, unwanted, and surplus electrical equipment is just one of the many services we offer our customers. After we purchase the equipment is tested rigorously to ensure quaility.

There are several different ways to initiate the surplus purchasing process:

  • Online – If you’re interested in selling unused or unwanted equipment you can fill out our online form and upload a file with equipment details. One of our customer service representatives will contact you after receiving the form to discuss the equipment, its cash value, and the next steps to complete the transaction. We’ll walk you through the entire process.
  • Via Phone  – For immediate assistance, you can call us at 1-888-502-4842 to discuss the equipment you’re interested in selling. We’re on hand to discuss every part of the selling process and the equipment you have available.
  • In person – If you’re located in Calgary you can visit our shop in person. We can typically make you an immediate offer on your unwanted equipment. For equipment that is still in use or to evaluate a large volume of items, we are available to visit your business location.

Surplus Equipment at Civic Recycling

Purchasing used, unwanted, and surplus electrical equipment is an important part of our operation at Civic Recycling.  By acquiring this equipment we are able to give it new life and keep it from having a negative environmental impact and clogging up landfills. We uniquely understand the impact that surplus equipment can have on your cash flow and business model. If you’d like to learn more about this purchasing service we invite you to reach out to one of our customer service representatives. We can answer any questions you may have about how your unwanted equipment can be put to better use.

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Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program & Its Effect on Generation

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What effect does renewable energies have on future generation?

In 2015 coal and natural gas accounted for 90% of all electricity generation in Alberta. These non-renewable energy sources significantly contribute to carbon emissions and aren’t generally seen as the fuels of the future. Hydro-electric, wind, biomass, solar, fuel oil, and waste heat generate the final 10% of all electricity in Alberta. These renewable sources make up a small segment of current electricity generation but that may soon be changing.

Started in early 2017,  Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program (REP) was designed to encourage the development of renewable electricity generation and reduce overall emissions. The ultimate goal of REP is to add 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity to the Alberta grid by 2030, increasing the amount of renewable energy to 30% of total consumption. This growth will be fueled by annual competitions for individuals and private companies in the electrical industry. Winners will be awarded the opportunity to provide up to 400 megawatts of power and will add up to 7,200 new jobs in Alberta. Quite a difference in the source of our energy, but will it happen? The answer is unclear.

At Civic Recycling we are committed to meeting a wide variety of your electrical needs. We uniquely understand the work of Alberta’s electrical professionals and strive to provide excellent customer service. Contact us today to learn more about Civic Recycling and our dedication to the electrical industry.

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How Reconditioned Breakers Can Help You Live A Better Life

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We spend a lot of time talking about the time and effort we take into reconditioning our circuit breakers, why this is important, and what separates us from other companies doing the same thing. This has been discussed at length, and rightfully so; it’s important to know what goes into a product that has been previously used and how reliable it can be. With that said, something we don’t discuss as often is some of the other tangible and intangible benefits that come along with purchasing a reconditioned product from a company like ours. Some of these things seem obvious, some less so.

We thought today, we’d take the opportunity to discuss these benefits and why they should mean something to you. Again, some of these benefits will strike you as quite obvious, but we also thought this to be a fine opportunity to explain why some of these benefits are unique to our company. Circuit breakers may seem like a simple tool, but there is a lot that goes into them and there is a lot to think about when purchasing them. So, with that in mind let’s discuss 4 major benefits to buying reconditioned breakers, and why they will only serve to help you live a better life. Here they are!

1. Electrical Breakers (and peace of mind):

Something that we take pride in, as has been discussed here before, is the amount of work and rigorous testing we put into our reconditioned breakers. What this testing process produces, aside from a reliable product, is peace of mind for the person who is purchasing the breakers. There’s an inherent skepticism that comes along with used products, often times rightfully so, but with our process being as thorough and transparent as it is, there’s no reason to doubt anything ever purchased. Peace of mind, especially in regards to electrical equipment, goes a long way and allows you to purchase great products at a reduced rate without having to doubt their veracity.

2. Used Electrical Supplies (they’re green):

Another benefit to buying reconditioned products is their effect on the environment. Reconditioning products versus manufacturing new ones is always going to have a net benefit on the environment. Not only that, but when breakers are reconditioned and tested, older pieces are often replaced by newer, state of the art ones. What this does is allow the breaker to become much more efficient. It’s a pretty simple and beneficial concept, something that is certainly worth considering.

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Civic Recycling – How Green Is The New Expert

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Being Green In the Electrical Industry

Recyclable material is a leading renewable energy resource. Initiatives taken to dismantle equipment and separate into appropriate parts not only aids in the production of low energy resources such as varying metals but also provides countless job opportunities. In Canada, research has shown that green/recycling industry accounts for 10 times more employment and revenue than the waste industry.

Recycling Programs in Alberta

Alberta has the honorable distinction of initiating Canada’s first electronics recycling program back in 2004 and Civic Recycling is proving themselves as being one of the leading companies to help the movement. Alberta alone has recycled well over 8 million pieces of electrical equipment which mean that our landfills have been saved from incredibly hazardous materials such as lead, mercury or cadmium found in circuit boards or cathode ray tubes.

Civic Recycling’s ongoing commitment to the environment, recycling and being a company to offer a full range of services within the electrical industry is clear in their 3 main strategies to properly dispose of hazardous equipment:

1. Fluorescent Ballast Recycling

Civic Recycling now accepts NON-PCB fluorescent ballasts. Your business will be provided with a Certificate of Recycling which can support various LEED programs within your industry.

2. Fluorescent Lamp Recycling

Did you know that a standard fluorescent lamp contains approximately 23mg of toxic mercury? That is enough mercury to contaminate 20,000 L of water! Civic Recycling’s on-site “55 VRSU Premium Bulb Eater” effectively removes over 98% of the mercury and phosphor dust contained in standard lamps.

3. Fluorescent Fixture Recycling

These fixtures pose many unique recycling problems which many landfills and metal recyclers do not accept because of their mix of metals and low-grade tin that makes the fixtures themselves and the ballast. Our unique approach of stripping down each component into separated smaller groups makes it easier for recyclers to process.

 


Civic Recycling loves being Green

For the past 20 years, Civic Recycling has been creatively seeking unique solutions for our valued customers.

Our passion and dedication in providing expert knowledge with our wide array of products from Circuit Breakers to Fuses fully translates our proficiency and environmental prowess with our recycling efforts.

Do not hesitate to contact us at anytime, talk soon and we hope you enjoyed reading!

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Electrical Infrastructure in Canada: What’s Up Next?

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New Blog Post: What’s Next for Electrical Infrastructure in Canada?

As the world changes, Canada changes with it. The slow move away from fossil fuels is in progress, and this provides us the opportunity to take a look at where Canada is moving as well. As the economy works around energy generation it’s important to have a firm grasp on where things are going and also where they are coming from.

We thought it would be an enlightening topic of discussion to take a look our own electrical infrastructure and see where things are headed.


Electrical Energy Generation in Canada

Canada is quite diverse in its energy generation, being the second largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world. With the demand for electricity, especially in the industrial sector, only expected to grow, Canada has some interesting ways with how it’s going to keep up with demand. Change in electrical infrastructure, generation and production are always subject to government changes, and what parts of the country are most and least in demand.

In terms of generation, according to the government of Canada, the country is expected to continue producing hydroelectricity at high levels but will see its share decrease from 55% to 51% of total production by the year 2040. Where the slack will be picked up is in wind generation, which is expected to rise from 7% of total electricity produced to 11% by 2040. We will also see a rise in production from biomass, solar, and geothermal, which will account for about 5% also by 2040. We will also see natural gas rise from 15% to 22% over that same time span. In terms of decreasing production, nuclear energy is expected to shrink down to about 6% from 10% by 2040.

On top of that, the country is linked to a number of exciting projects moving forward, including smart grids, small-scale renewable and clean energy products, and ecoEnergy. Diversification and a smaller reliance, if ever so slightly, on the types of energy Canada has always produced seem to be what’s going to be the norm in the coming decades.


Electrical Infrastructure and Civic Recycling

I guess this all begs the question of what does it all mean? Well, it’s important to know where Canada stands on energy as there are a great many jobs and investments that rely on what the future may hold. With climate change also becoming a greater concern, finding ways to combat its effects is an important discussion and process to begin. We also must ask; how does this impact us? As an electrical supplies company, we always need to know what comes next, whether that means changes in commercial or personal sales. The rules of the game are always changing and if you can’t keep up then you’ll get left behind.

At Civic Recycling we strive to be a part of Canada’s future energy goals while maintaining the things we do that we feel make us great. The world’s, and Canada’s, consumption of electricity and electrical infrastructure will change over the coming years and we plan on being right there with it.


 

Thanks for reading and we hope to chat with you soon.

Contact us here or learn more about how we test our electrical products, safety is our top priority. Civic Recycling is committed to delivering fantastics products to our customers across Canada.

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National Electricity Month in Canada is this Month!

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National Electricity Month #NEM

June is National Electricity Month, and here at Civic Recycling, we are proud to supply equipment across Canada that powers you! As you may well know we supply a wide range of circuit breakers, panels, transformers, fuses and general electrical supplies. With brands like Cutler-Hammer, Federal Pioneer Electric and Siemens you can be sure both our new and tested reconditioned equipment will last.

The Canadian Electricity Association posted an article in this about this special month, we really enjoyed the following:

“Electricity is the backbone of the Canadian economy – it powers everything from household appliances to medical technology, smart phones, computers, to bank machines, businesses, and stores…the CEA hopes to foster a national conversation on the value of electricity, stimulating and informing the discussion about the choices that need to be made today if Canada is to maintain a reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity grid.”

So let’s all celebrate this month by sharing a little love for electricity and the equipment that delivers it to us. Creating a sustainable and innovative future for the grid is also important. We talked about this topic in a previous article titled Electric Innovation and Action in Canada.


 

June is National Electricity Month in Canada and at Civic Recycling

 

We also wanted to share a quick video via PowerfortheFuture.ca

View it here:

http://powerforthefuture.ca/2016/06/june-is-national-electricity-month/

Electricity has been powering progress for over 125 years and tomorrow’s economy will be built on a solid foundation of clean, sustainable growth. Growth that will drive new technologies; increase productivity, and create jobs for Canadians. Growth that will be powered by safe, reliable, sustainable Canadian Electricity. – CEA

 

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Surplus Breakers? Recycle and Make some Money

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In today’s tight economy, everyone appreciates extra cash. If you’re an electrician or own surplus electrical supplies, we at Civic Recycling may be able to help you get some spending money. If you have unused, unwanted or surplus circuit breakers and other electrical equipment, we’d be happy to purchase it from you–paying you real money for your parts.

Earn Additional Income by Recycling Electrical Equipment

Recycling electrical equipment helps you and helps the environment, we make it worth your time if you have a number of parts that you don’t want or need. Typically, we pay between 5 and 20 percent of what we’re able to sell components for. The specific price we’re able to offer you will depend on a number of factors, such as the condition of your equipment, our current stock and the demand for the items.

Whatever we’re able to offer is money in your pocket for items you had lying around. Depending on your equipment, we might be able to offer you enough to take your family out for dinner or to pay your bills. In the end it all depends on the current market and equipment demand.

Recycle All Kinds of Electrical Equipment

What can you recycle?

At Civic Recycling, we accept many different kinds of electrical equipment. We’ll look at everything from circuit breakers and transformers to transfer switches and splitters. Some other common components that we purchase include:

  • Motor controls
  • Service entrance panels
  • Fuses
  • Fittings
  • Cable connectors

Even this is only a partial list of the products we’re interested in. Visit our electrical products page for more.

Contact Civic Recycling for a No-Obligation Offer for Surplus Equipment

Of course, we wouldn’t expect you to sell your electrical equipment without knowing what you’d get for them. That’s why we offer free, no-obligation offers.

To see just how much you could get for your electrical equipment, send us a list of what you have or give us a call at 1-888-502-4842. (If you’re emailing us a list, it helps us if you can include some pictures of the components.) You can also fill out this form!

We’ll get back to you within 24 hours with an offer or any questions we have. Find out tomorrow what you could get by contacting us today.

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Find out Where Canadian Electricity Comes From

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Canadian Electricity? We are in fact big consumers of electrical power. In fact, when calculated per capita, we’re the fourth largest consumers of electricity in the entire world. Only Iceland, Finland and Norway use more electrical energy per person. And within this country, Albertans consume the second greatest amount of electricity of all the Provinces, second only to Saskatchewan. In total electric kilowatt per hour use per person in homes, however, Alberta comes in number one, at 15,334 kWh per person.

Where Does Canadian Electricity Come From?

The production of electricity is achieved through the turning of a turbine, which requires application of some type of mechanical energy. The energy used to turn the turbine can come from a variety of sources, including:

  • Coal
  • Hydro Electricity
  • Fossil fuels such as natural gas and oil
  • Wind Power
  • Solar Panels
  • Biomass/biogas
  • Nuclear (uranium), and more

Water is King for Most of Canadian Electricity

While Canada is a global leader in hydroelectric production, with nearly 60% of all our electricity coming from water turning those turbines, there’s still a lot of coal being burned to make power, at about 18% of the total. Burning natural gas and oil make up for about 8% of electrical generation nationwide, although in some Provinces, such as Ontario, they’re responsible for the creation of almost 25% of Canadian electricity being produced. This is slightly more than the 22% coming from hydro, but significantly less than the 32% total electricity coming from nuclear power plants in the Province.

Alberta’s Electricity Generation

As of late in 2014, homes, businesses and agricultural operations depended on Alberta’s near-14,600 megawatts (MW) of electrical generation capacity then currently installed. 78,000 MW of this generation capacity has been newly built since 1998. Much more is needed to keep up with the increasing demand.

This power is delivered through a system of approximately 24,000 km of installed transmission lines. About 43% of the electrical generation capacity in the Province comes from the burning of coal. Nearly 40% comes from the use of oil and gas. Because water isn’t nearly as plentiful in Alberta as it is in other locations, only a small amount of hydroelectric generation occurs here. Throughout Canada, different areas depend on difference energy resources to create the mechanical energy responsible for producing electricity. In some areas near the ocean even wave technology is being utilized.

Co-generation and the Environment

Co-generation makes up for almost 1/3 of Alberta’s electric generation capacity, which is both efficient and environmentally sound since the process produces substantially lower greenhouse gases. With co-generation, fuel such as gas or biomass is much more efficiently used since not only is electricity being generated but also heat and/or steam are byproducts that can be used for a variety of purposes, primarily industrial. Alternatively, waste heat generated through various industrial processes can be redeployed to produce electricity. This, too, is quite efficient since this heat would otherwise be wasted.

Other Energy Options in Alberta

The production of electrical energy is a vital service to all Albertans and electrical energy consumption is more common than any other type of energy use, not only on an individual, personal basis but also commercially, industrially and agriculturally. It’s also the most convenient form of energy to use as well as the quickest to deliver to the customer.

Alberta’s policy regarding electric micro-production allows individuals to create their own electricity, often in an environmentally friendly fashion, and even receive credit for any excess electricity produced and sent back to the existing power grid. Here at Civic Recycling we give a thumbs up to anything electric-related that benefits the environment, saves our customers money and makes life just a little bit better.

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ELECTRIC INNOVATION AND ACTION IN CANADA

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Canadians are beginning to look at energy differently these days, with thoughts about scarcity and dependence on expensive, imported oil giving way to more of a feeling of abundance. This is partly because of new technologies being developed that have allowed for the uncovering of once-hidden underground resources of gas and oil that, in its discovery, has had an effect on the entirety of the interdependent, interconnected Canadian energy market. Electric Innovation iss becoming ever more important.

And, while the development of new energy resources such as the reclamation of shale oil from deep underground and the collection of vital solar energy from the sun’s rays are making big strides right now in the energy sector, it’s still electricity that’s king. Electricity not only powers our homes, factories and offices, it’s also central to providing the power needed to fuel most of these other energy pursuits.

The point is, Canada’s electric utilities are being called on by customers to deliver an ever-increasing amount of power generation at reasonable prices and to operate in ways that are sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially responsive. All this is needed while relying on an electricity infrastructure close to the end of its expected life and with the cost of modernization and renewal of the electric system being in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Electric Innovation is Key

Electrical innovation is desperately needed in the industry right now to prepare for the future when our children and grandchildren will be the ones depending on our now antiquated electric system. Hydroelectric projects that were completed one hundred years ago have run their course, are at the end of a long and fruitful life expectancy, and require serious upgrading in both “hardware and software.”

Electrical innovation must also, out of necessity, deal with matters not even considered a generation or two ago. Two of the primary drivers in the current fashioning of our future electric system regard the lowering of greenhouse gases and strengthening the system against severe weather events and ongoing climate change. Other factors in the minds of those making important decisions related to the immediate needs of Canada’s electrical system deal with potential terrorist threats and also the increasing popularity in the use of electric vehicles.

The system is consistently being asked to provide more service with fewer financial resources, causing customer costs to rise along the way. Electrical innovation can no longer be accepted at the past low levels that have barely (if even) kept up with demand. However, technological advancements can only be capitalized upon when there’s funding available for refurbishment and modernization.

Our Pledge to Progress

Here at Civic Recycling, electricity is our business and most of the clients with whom we deal on a regular basis are also dependent upon the industry for their livelihoods. We see ourselves as ahead of the curve in several aspects currently being discussed by those involved in the Canadian Electricity Association’s (CEA) Vision 2050. Our efforts at recycling and reconditioning used and obsolete circuit breakers, switches, motor control and transformers do a great deal to benefit the environment.

Our service saves solid waste facilities from having to deal with more stuff coming in, and those using our reconditioned electrical equipment won’t be going out to buy new products. Thus reducing new manufacturing output, in both materials and pollution.

Another important point made by CEA in their Vision 2050 is the need to take advantage of new technologies in order to “do more with less.”  Here at Civic Recycling, we’re all about facilitating our customers’ capability to do more with less because we save them money every day. We’ll continue to aid the efforts for electric innovation!

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