For Our Recycling Services,
Call Us @ (416) 495-9914

Ballast Recycling Made Easy

We are your one stop shop for ballast recycling

Got Old Ballasts?

We'll get your old ballasts recycled into reusable products. Waste Diversion is a leading provider of efficient, cost effective and turn-key solutions that helps its clients divert universal hazardous waste and hard to recycle waste from landfills.

Ballast Recycling Made Easy Process

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2. You Fill Up
The Box

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3. Call Us For
Pick Up

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4. We Weigh
& Price

We can place containers at your location for easy and safe pick up. Once full, a professional driver will pick up your recyclables in the box and dispatch them to the location where they are recycled. Factories known as “smelters” process the steel and melt the steel down to commodity grade steel, which can be used to produce new products.

Contact us at (416) 495-9914 to start recycling your ballasts today.

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Items Accepted

Waste Diversion has helped many of their clients recycle ballasts. We can accept almost all kinds of ballasts, including:

  • Ballasts with DEHP
  • Non-PCB Ballasts
  • Electronic Ballasts
  • Magnetic Ballasts

PCB Ballasts cannot be recycled and need to be properly disposed of. Please visit our PCB Ballast page for more information.

Ballast Recycling Facts

  • Most ballasts are considered scrap metal
  • Ballasts produced after 1978 are considered to be PCB free
  • PCB ballasts usually have a yellow label and are considered hazardous waste
  • Steel is known to be one of the most common materials to be recycled in the world
  • Approximately 88% of scrap steel in North America gets recycled, according to the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI)
  • Approximately 60% of energy usage is reduced if steel manufacturers use recycled steel to produce new steel in comparison to using no recycled steel at all

We are proud members of the following:

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Ballast Recycling Matters

Ballasts produced after 1978 are considered to be PCB free; however, some rare ballasts produced after 1978 can contain DEHP. These are called “wet ballasts” and need to be managed properly. DEHP is an odorless, clear liquid, which can cause environmental and health problems if not recycled properly. DEHP and “wet ballasts” have to be recycled by an approved facility.

We are also a member of the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and can issue certificates of recycling. If you are a building manager these certificates of recycling can help your building get recognized or continue to maintain your ranking with associations like LEED and BOMA BEST.

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Convenient One-Stop Recycling

We can handle all your hard to recycle waste. We provide safe, convenient and fast solutions to divert waste that require special handling. This includes both Hazardous Waste and Household Hazardous Waste items. Most paint recyclers accept only latex based paints. We can pick up all your hazardous and hard to recycle waste. Our services are environmentally sensitive, streamlined, and cost-effective.

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Same Day Service

We're waiting for your call. Through our partners, we can provide the transportation versatility to match any loading area and we can be there within 24 hours from receiving your call.

Whether you have a loading dock, a forklift or require inside pickup service, we are equipped to handle the task. We are equipped to meet a wide range of waste management and recycling challenges across North America. Your paint is just a phone call away from being out of your way.

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No Counting Required

Waste Diversion prices by weight. The benefits of price by the pound to your company are as follows:

Reach us for your free estimate: (416) 495-9914.

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Know How Much You Recycled

Multi-platform, real-time dashboard. Want to see how much you've recycled since this time last year? Waste Diversion can provide our commercial customers with a comprehensive tracking system to go along with waste management solutions. Our custom system is second to none and was developed solely for the purpose of servicing the waste diversion industry. We can provide certificates of recycling and create reports on your recycling for any period. Let your board know how well they've been doing in diverting waste from landfills.

Our Recycling Totals for 2024

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