Catalytic Attack: B.C. woman pepper sprayed during catalytic converter theft

New Westminster, British Columbia – A woman in B.C. says she was pepper-sprayed after two suspects allegedly stole the catalytic converter from her vehicle, according to a report by the New Westminster Police Department. “As the value of the precious metals contained within the catalytic converters continues to increase, so do the number of thefts […]

Lucasville Looters: More than 60 catalytic converters stolen from school buses in N.S.

Halifax, Nova Scotia — Halifax District RCMP is investigating the theft of more than 60 catalytic converters from school buses in Lucasville. On June 30, Police responded to a report of theft of catalytic converters from a property in Lucasville. More than 60 catalytic converters had been removed from buses on the property. This year […]

Catalytic Crime: The battle against catalytic converter thefts continues in Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario — Catalytic converters are an important part of every vehicle, they serve as an exhaust emission control, help reduce pollutants in exhaust gas and hold a high resale value. Unfortunately, they are also items that  are frequently stolen, say the Ottawa Police Service (OPS).  As of June 8th, 2021, there has been a […]

Precious Cargo: Police catch catalytic converter thieves red handed

Burnaby, British Columbia — Catalytic converter thieves were caught red-handed at a traffic stop by Burnaby police. The two men stopped by officers were already known to steal catalytic converters, and one was already told by the police previously that he wasn’t allowed to carry the cat-cutting tools. Burnaby police have since seized the tools […]

Rising commodity prices good news for recyclers

Catalytic converters contain precious metals such as platinum and rhodium. Rising commodity prices mean recyclers can realize more profits for these items than in recent months.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — May 4, 2016 — Every auto recycler knows there’s money to be made in recycling the precious metals included in catalytic converters. However, some of those cats might be getting left behind, according to Becky Berube from United Catalyst Corporation. Berube says many catalytic convertors are simply left on the […]

OARA Conference highlights role of auto recycling in a sustainable economy

A selection of photos from the 2016 OARA Conference. Check out the gallery below for more!

By Mike Davey and Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — March 23, 2016 — The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) has concluded its 2016 Conference and Trade Show. The OARA Conference is the single largest auto recycling event in Canada, drawing attendees and presenters from well outside of Ontario. The conference took place March 18 to […]