As one of the world's largest recyclers of end-of-life electronics and a major recycler of complex secondary copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, silver, platinum and palladium bearing feeds, we contribute to the circular economy, giving a life to these commodities, diverting materials from landfill and helping reduce environmental impacts.

Glencore Canada Recycling - 2022 figures

  • Copper



  • Gold



  • Silver



  • Palladium



  • Platinum



  • Nickel



  • Cobalt



Recycling: towards a circular economy

Horne Smelter + CCR Refinery Recycling Activities

In the 1980s, the Horne Smelter became one of the first smelters in the world to pioneer the recovery of copper and precious metals from discarded electronics.

Today, the Horne Smelter is North America's largest processor of scrap containing copper and precious metals and has processed more than one million tonnes of electronic scrap since the 1990s – sourcing such feeds from more than 30 countries.

The inputs and outputs at our Copper Department's recycling business

  • We helped design and launch the Circular Electronics Partnership, the first private sector alliance for circular electronics.
  • The Horne Smelter is the only Canadian outlet for processing copper scrap from lithium-ion battery recycling.

Sudbury INO Recycling Activities

The Sudbury Smelter, part of our Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO), began recycling in 1990. Initially, the facility processed super-alloy scrap from the aerospace sector before expanding to include other materials, such as lithium-ion batteries.

Today, the Sudbury Smelter is one of the largest processors of complex secondary nickel and cobalt bearing feeds in the world.

The inputs and outputs at our Nickel Department's recycling business

Sudbury Smelter is expected to contribute to the growing electric vehicle (EV) market in North America though enabling local recycling of materials from gigafactories battery manufacturing scrap, as well as end-of-life EV and energy storage system (ESS) batteries, which we anticipate will continue to accelerate in the future.

Super alloy scrap from the aerospace sector (e.g. jet turbine blades) contains high levels of nickel and cobalt, representing an ideal material for recycling.

Across Glencore Canada's industrial assets, we have more than 75 years of recycling experience, and we are committed to a circular-driven future in Canada.


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