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Metals Recycling Laborer

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Location: Toronto, ON, CA

Company: Gerdau

About Us

Gerdau Long Steel North America is a leader in mini-mill steel production and steel recycling in North America, with an annual manufacturing capacity of approximately 10 million metric tons of mill finished steel products. Through a vertically integrated network of mini-mills, scrap recycling facilities and downstream operations, the company serves customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, offering a diverse and balanced product mix of merchant steel, rebar, structural shapes, fabricated steel, flat rolled steel and wire rod.  Gerdau is the largest recycler in the world. Each year, we transform millions of tons of scrap into steel that is used to build the future.


Why you'll love it here

At Gerdau it’s all about the people. Gerdau's growth is based on our purpose and on a vision focused on excellence. The measures of performance are customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, our communities, and the world.  Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, encouraging innovation and creating products that serve humanity.


Job Summary

The laborer is an entry level position, reflecting employees with no previous knowledge or experience related to scrap metals and recycling.  The laborer must have the ability to learn and have a strong work ethic.  The laborer will assist in several aspects of daily operations such as scrap inspection, sortation, and general yard maintenance as directed. The laborer must have strong communication skills and use them at all times to ensure safety among co-workers, truck drivers, peddlers, and contractors. The laborer will spend a majority of the work day outside. Work week will be Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, and Saturday 7am to 12pm. Location is in North York.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Follow all of the established Gerdau safety, environmental, and routine procedures specific to the yard
  • Inspect incoming scrap against quality and environmental standards with a progression towards grading and purchasing scrap material
  • Apply deductions to non-conforming materials through effective communication with the scale house or yard inspector
  • Perform and document daily Routine Equipment Care (REC)
  • Detect and report faulty tools, equipment, environmental hazards, and safety hazards to a supervisor
  • Maintain work area and equipment in a clean and orderly fashion
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Promote and practice the core values of Gerdau


Additional Responsibilities

  • Ensure non-conforming objects have been removed from incoming scrap vehicles such as gas tanks (drained and removed), propane tanks, and batteries
  • Ensure radioactive materials are removed from inbound/outbound scrap material and quarantined properly
  • General house-keeping duties: sweep shop area and removal of garbage
  • Assist in non-ferrous sorting and processing as directed by non-ferrous operator
  • Assist co-workers in general operational duties that are essential to the yard in terms of safety, efficiency, and profitability
  • Problem solving input and contributions as required


Qualifications and Experience

  • Desire to enhance skills and knowledge to develop as a Gerdau employee
  • Promote and practice the core values of Gerdau 
  • High school diploma or GED is preferred but not required.


Gerdau believes in equal employment opportunity for all and the importance of each employee and applicant as an individual.  It is the policy of Gerdau that there will be no unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, creed, colour, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities, or other legally protected status.  All external applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.


If you need support or accommodation due to disability, please contact the Gerdau Talent Acquisition Team at (866) 788-2798 or