In effect August 1, 2020
Nurse Scrap Metal Pandemic Procedures and Protocols
1) As customers enter Nurse Scrap Metal, they are to enter ONLY over the scale entrance. The main entrance is for vehicles exiting the yard only.
2) Please STOP your vehicle on the scale and wait for the light to flash red/green.
3) Exit the scale and proceed to the pylons and come to a complete STOP.
4) REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE until a Nurse Scrap Metal team member assesses your medical condition and ensure you have a proper face covering (As per managements request – if you do not have a mask you will NOT be allowed to exit your vehicle and we will not be able to purchase your material)
5) A team member will direct you to the areas you need to attend to drop off your items. Once there, please make sure that your mask remains on your face at all times. If you need to remove it for any reason, please do so inside your vehicle.
6) If you need to enter the Non-Ferrous building it is a maximum ONE vehicle/person permitted inside at a time. If you have more than one passenger with you, they need to remain inside your vehicle.
7) Once your transactions are complete enter the Office to receive your paperwork and payment. Please adhere to our rules in the Office, it is a small area and we are not able to provide proper social distancing while inside. ONE person in the Office at a time! If a customer is already inside, please wait outside a minimum of 6 feet away from the door. Once they are clear, please enter (with your mask on) to complete your transaction.
8) Please DO NOT put your mouth anywhere near the opening in the glass to talk through it, it is there for your protection and ours. It is to be used for receiving documents and payment only. Please speak louder and we will do the same, so it is easier to hear!
9) There is sanitizer provided for your use in the Office and Non-Ferrous building entrances/exits, please use it upon entering and leaving these areas.
10) Thank you for your continued support and patronage through all this, it is new to us and we are trying to adjust our operations in the best manner to keep our customers and staff safe!
We are now back to our normal operating hours, which are:
Monday to Friday: 8AM - 5PM
Saturday: 8AM - 12PM
We are also no longer requiring you to call ahead for an appointment. However, we want you to all keep in mind that we are still following our strictly enforced social distancing protocols/procedures.
-If you have had ANY symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has, DO NOT enter the yard, please remain home and quarantine as The Ontario Ministry of Health guides. This ensures you are doing our part to stop the spread and flatten the curve.
-Please enter the yard through the scale gate and leave the yard through the main gate.
-When exiting the scale please pull into the area marked with pylons and come to a complete stop. Remain there until a Nurse Employee greets and directs you. DO NOT EXIT YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN DIRECTED.
-ALWAYS remain a minimum of 6 feet from all other customers as well as employees while in our yard.
-Only TWO vehicles will be allowed to unload at a time to help us enforce distancing. You may have to wait shortly to unload.
-ONLY ONE vehicle will be allowed to unload at non-ferrous as well.
-No more than ONE person will be permitted to enter the office at a time, if you see a customer is already inside PLEASE remain outside in your vehicle until that customer leaves.
Lastly, we would like to send out a HUGE thank you, to all of our loyal customers who have stood with us during these difficult times, as well as all the new customers we have had the pleasure of meeting in these times!
You guys are all truly amazing with how much patience, understand and support you have shown.
We are still deemed an essential business after today's cuts to the list.
Even though we are happy to serve you during these times - we are asking that you PLEASE do not come in if you have had a cough, fever, any respiratory illnesses, if you have been in contact with any confirmed OR presumed cases of COVID-19 or if you have travelled in the last 14 days.
We are doing our very best to keep all of our customers safe as well as employees - so PLEASE do your part to #StopTheSpread and #FlattenTheCurve.
You can find more information on our updated hours and procedures during these times here on our website or on facebook via previous posts at www.Facebook.com/NurseScrapMetal.
Thanks #Peterborough and have a great weekend!
Many people are curious as to WHY we are remaining open and along with this you may question why we are considered an essential business (I wondered too, before having some thought and doing a little research!).
To try and help you better understand this, I’m going to list some key factors below.
A large amount of MEDICAL as well as FOOD grade manufacturing equipment is assembled using metal, such as stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and more. Therefore, for these ESSENTIAL items to continue to be manufactured – the manufacturers need to have a steady supply of these materials. There are only two options for this, the first being to obtain it through mining companies, or secondly, to obtain it from scrap metal recyclers.
Some examples in the medical field include:
Surgical instruments – manufactured with stainless steel (can be sterilized easily)
Hospital Beds, wheelchairs, and other hospital furniture - manufactured with aluminum/Stainless
Oxygen and other chemical/fuel lines – manufactured with copper and brass
Surgical masks and ventilators – manufactured with copper
Air ventilation/purification – manufactured using aluminum, copper, brass and more
Anti-biotic research for the treatment of pneumonia – manufactured with copper oxide (copper dust)
And so many more – the medical uses of copper, brass, and aluminum are endless!
Some examples of stainless steel in the food industry include:
Brewing vessels, milk tankers, etc.
Food safe storage/transportation containers
ANY food manufacturing equipment and tools
Kitchen appliances – importantly fridges and freezers for food preservation (also falls under medical for storage of certain medications)
In conclusion this is just a VERY small amount of CRITICAL, and ESSENTIAL needs in our communities. The amount of metals used in all areas of manufacturing is overwhelming and without miners and recyclers we would have major shortages in both medical and food fields.
As you know Nurse Scrap Metal prides ourselves on safe, efficient operations; as well as being supportive of the community and economy. We all know the markets are crazy, we honestly don’t know what is going to happen in the near future. What we do know - we need to be supportive of these times, even if we are running at a loss. We need to do whatever we can to support the economy and keep people and staff safe - and to us that means we need to stay open through these struggling times.
That being said we are remaining open, however; we have strictly enforced social distancing protocols, as well as sanitary measures being vigorously enforced to protect not only ourselves but our customers as well!
For more information on our newly implemented procedures when arriving to our yard, see our previous posts. Thank you for reading!
Nurse Scrap Metal has been torn between closing its doors temporarily with the COVID 19 pandemic or remaining open.
We know some people in the community rely on scrap metal as a source of income. So, with that in mind for now we have decided to remain open, but we will be putting in stringent safety measures to protect customers and staff. Below are the steps we are taking:
1) All persons entering the yard will be required to be pre-screened before getting out of their vehicle. To be clear, DO NOT get out of your vehicle until one of our staff comes to greet you.
2) There will be no help unloading your vehicle unless it is to be unloaded by a machine. To be clear, if it is too heavy for you, bring your own help. If it is too big to be unloaded, then ensure it is loaded so we can use a machine to unload you safely.
3) The Office and non-ferrous entrances will be limited to one person and you must follow our safety markers to maintain a safe distance.
4) No public washrooms are available under any circumstances.
5) We often try to help customers by teaching them how to upgrade material to be more profitable. Due to the circumstances, we are not able to chit-chat as you all know we like to do. We want you to know that we in no way are being rude, we just need to keep people moving in and out.
6) We can set up accounts for any business or person and mail checks within 7 days. We are still paying cash at the scale, but this is directly for customers who would feel more comfortable not handling cash.
7) We will not accept and UBC (Pop cans), tin plates or any food grade material into the yard, no exceptions.
We will use our best discretion and we take safety seriously to protect our staff and customers. If you experience symptoms at all you will be asked to leave. If you violate any of the above mentioned you will be asked to leave. If you argue, you will be banned. This is hard on us too ladies and gents so please be respectful.
FYI - Market are fluctuating downward drastically and we don't control the world economy so please don't be angry with staff if the pricing is not where you like it to be, we are happy to return material to you and void the transaction. We will monitor the everyday changes with this virus and update as needed.
Hours, procedures, and pricing may fluctuate, as of now our hours are as follows: •Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm •Saturdays and Sundays: closed
Thank you for your patience, this is all new to us too!
Due to the recent Coronavirus threat, we will be doing our part to help stop the spread. Starting Saturday, March 21, Nurse Scrap Metal will be closing Saturdays until further notice. We have altered our procedures to provide minimal contact with customers to protect them and our staff.