41  Common metals - ferrous and non-ferrous

Scrap metal dealing was one of the earliest recycling industries. It probably began shortly after the invention of metallurgy - about 6000 years before it became a vogue term! The modern industry is broadly divided into:

Ferrous dealers breaking large, mainly low value scrap (such as structural steelwork, ships, industrial plant, vehicle shells, and 'white goods' casings) to produce graded material for British and overseas steel producers, and to a lesser extent, broken cast iron for direct foundry use. Some 6 million tonnes per year (about half the new steel output) are recycled in this way, aided by the fact that 50 per cent scrap is necessary for the open hearth steel conversion process. Some overseas industries (notably Brazil) are based on 100 per cent scrap.

Non-ferrous dealers generally operating from secure premises, breaking smaller volumes of scrap products containing metals of higher value (brass, copper, zinc, lead, aluminium etc. including non-magnetic stainless steels) mainly for sale to refiners.

Refiners although most common non-ferrous metals have relatively low melting points, scrap is rarely used directly in foundries. Quality control usually demands the use of closely specified alloys which are supplied as standard ingots by secondary metal refiners (generally at prices around double that of equivalent scrap).

The EU and the UK government have both set targets for recycling metals used in packaging - see introduction to section 50 (Packaging).


Using different coloured bins for different alloys enables them to be re-melted and used again for casting.

Alphabetical list of organisations

A Lowe Metals
Tel 01375 373272 Fax 01375 394836
53 Manor Road, GRAYS, Essex RM17 6EF

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant. Demolition and dismantling service.  Skip hire.

A1 Scrap Metals

Tel 0208 368 7674
90 Brunswick Park Road, LONDON N11 1JJ

Factory and site clearance; scrap plant and vehicle removal.

A1 Walton Salvage

Tel 01255 678170  Fax 01255 675333 
Email a1waltonsalvage@hotmail.com
Harmers Foundry, Hall Lane, WALTON ON THE NAZE, Essex CO14 8HW

Salvage and dismantling.  Sells and deals in salvaged cars and vans, mostly bought from insurance brokers;  scrap metals, and parts.  Same day collection service.  Fully licensed by Environment Agency (for waste management, ELV and as waste carriers).   (Updated Feb 2005)

A1 Wokingham Scrap Metal & Car Spares

Tel 01734 785143
Silver Birches, Highland Avenue, WOKINGHAM, Berks, RG11 4SP

Ferrous scrap merchant.

AA Southend Scrap Company

Tel 01702 294240
3 Vanguard Way, Shoeburyness, SOUTHEND ON SEA, Essex SS3 9QY

Ferrous/non-ferrous scrap merchant. Demolition and dismantling service. Scrap car, truck and heavy plant and machinery dismantling.

ABC Scrap Metals

Tel 01255 221857
Unit 15, Sadds Yard, Skelmersdale Road , CLACTON ON SEA, Essex CO15 6BP

Non-ferrous scrap merchant

Access Waste Services Ltd

Tel 0208 980 9441
38 Beale Road, LONDON E3 5LA

Scrap metal and waste disposal services. Site and office clearance.

Alchemy Metals Group

Tel 01438 741555 Stevenage (office)
8-10 The Glebe, STEVENAGE, Herts SG2 0DL

Scrap dealer - lithoplates, copper, brass etc. Also public welcome, by appointment, to bring drink cans to aluminium can recycling centre. Works at Whemstead Road, Benington, Stevenage SG2 7BX . Enquiries to office address at The Glebe.

All Lee Metals

Tel 0208 980 5929
439 Mile End Road, LONDON E3 4PB

Purchaser of ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals and cable scrap. Site clearance contractor.

All Time Industrial Services

Tel 01494 680022
1 Bottom Lane, Seer Green, BEACONSFIELD, Bucks HP9 2UH

Factory clearance specialist.

Ampthill Metal Company Ltd

Tel 01525 403388 Fax 01525 404908
Station Road, Ampthill, BEDFORD MK45 2QY

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant. Container collection service provided for engineering companies within a 30 mile radius of Ampthill. Large and small quantities accepted.

Archer, W & Son Ltd

Tel 01992 583550
48 Townshend Street, HERTFORD SG13 7BP

Scrap metal merchant.

Arkoss Metals Ltd

Tel 01494 776163  Fax 01494 771511
BCC Depot, Latimer Road, CHESHAM, Bucks HP5 1QQ

Ferrous and non-ferrous metal merchant and scrap dealer.  Steel stockholder of RSJs, universal beams and columns, channels and angles.  Service and delivery with crane offload as required.  Technical expertise for all fabrication, and site welding.  Fourteen metre, four tonne, six wheeled hiab for hire.  Established over twenty-five years.   (Updated May 2005)

ASM Waste Services Ltd

Tel 01908 232325 / 01296 85642 Fax 01296 397304
5 Gatehouse Way, AYLESBURY, Bucks HP19 3DB

Waste management company operating waste transfer station, and with planning permission for MRF. Operates primarily in Bucks. Supplies static, portable compaction systems for high volume wastes. Skip and container hire: 4 to 40 cu yards, including enclosed containers for secure disposal of asbestos and notifiable wastes. Provides separate containers for cardboard recycling on request. Scrap metal dealer.

Attgo Granules Ltd

Tel 01708 630625 Fax 01708 630625
Unit A1, South Havering Industrial Park, Ferry Lane, RAINHAM, Essex RM13 9HX

Scrap cable granulation and reclamation of copper.

Ausden, Geo Ltd

Tel 01923 231767 Fax 01923 223530
253 Lower High Street, WATFORD, Herts WD1 2HN

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal merchant and steel stockholder.


Tel 01206 790334 / 791144
Haven Road, COLCHESTER, Essex CO2 8HT

Car and light commercial vehicle dismantler. Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Aylesbury Secondary Metals Ltd

Tel 01296 485642 Fax 01296 397304
Griffin Lane, AYLESBURY, Bucks HP19 3BP

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Benfleet Scrap Co Ltd

Tel 01268 792494 Fax 01268 566121
Brunel Road, Manor Trading Estate, Thundersley, BENFLEET, Essex SS7 4PS

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Boreham Scrap Co

Tel 01245 468907 Fax 01245 451316
Industrial Estate, Waltham Road, Boreham, CHELMSFORD, Essex CM3 3AW

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Bowen M C & Son

Tel 01494 529968
94 Abbey Barn Road, HIGH WYCOMBE, Bucks HP11 1RW

Ferrous scrap merchant.

Brace M J

Tel 01992 589094
3 Eagle Court, HERTFORD SG13 7SS

Scrap metal merchant.

British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA)
Tel 01480 455249  Fax 01480 453680
Website www.recyclemetals.org  Email info@recyclemetals.org 
16 High Street, Brampton, HUNTINGDON, Cambs, PE28 4TU

Trade body aiming to provide key support services and a forum for generating consensus on strategic issues. Guidance on legislation, health and safety - runs training courses on, for example, the real needs of a recycling operator, and environmental management systems.  Various education resources on recycling.  Result of merger between British Secondary Metals Association and the British Metals Federation.  (Updated Oct 2004)

British Steel plc
Tel 01495 334521 Fax 01495 350988
Packaging Recycling Unit, PO Box 18, EBBW VALE, Wales NP6 3YL

The UK packaging industry, which uses 650,000 tonnes per year of steel packaging, needs to recycle between 97.000 t (15%) and 325,000 t (50%) by 2001. British Steel has created a specialist unit to develop recovery and recycling. This acts as materials organisation/reprocessor, information source and technical advisory service.

Brown P J & Sons

Tel 014422 262258 / 213778 tel/fax
Bottom Yard, Redbourne Road, Cupid Green, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Herts HP2

Car and commercial vehicle dismantler and scrap metal dealer.

Bruce Bishop & Sons Ltd

Tel 01753 525206 Fax 01753 532801
Lake Avenue, SLOUGH, Berks SL1 3BZ

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Buckland A & Sons

Tel 01280 812272 Fax 01280 812272
The Bungalow, Bath Lane Corner, BUCKINGHAM MK18 1DX

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant. Car and commercial vehicle breaker. Skip hire for waste and scrap metal.

Burford Metals

Tel 01245 352018
Beehive Lane, CHELMSFORD, Essex CM2

Also at Russell Gardens, Wickford, Essex, Tel 01268 732112. Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Bywaters (Leyton) Ltd
Tel 0208 558 1141 Fax 0208 558 9205
Auckland Road, Leyton, LONDON E10 5NB
website www.bywaterswaste.co.uk email info@bywaterswaste.co.uk

General recycling and waste management services, with new MRF. Main materials paper, cardboard, steel and aluminium. Sales office: Ann Chapman, 101 Marshgate Lane, Stratford, London E15 2NQ, Tel 0208 519 8822, Fax 0208 519 8855.

Carter & Sons

Tel 01206 793510
83 Magdalen Street, COLCHESTER, Essex CO1 2LA

Also at Russell Gardens, Wickford, Essex, Tel 01268 732112.  Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Crow Metals

Tel 01708 749031  Fax 01708 728031
Website www.crowmetals.co.uk  Email info@crowmetals.co.uk 
143 Crow Lane, ROMFORD, Essex RM7 0ES
Contact  Joe or Bill Wakefield

Scrap dealer, ferrous and non ferrous metals - and other materials, recycling for nearly 60 years.  Clients throughout London and the south, in automotive and aerospace industry, but no client too small - all receive same standard of service.  Digital public weighbridge; all types of vehicle/bin collection.  Baling, shearing, cable stripping.  Haulage, roll on, roll off, skip and grab hire.  Continually looking for return loads.  Open for scrap metal purchases Mon- Fri 830-6, Sat 830-3.  (Updated Sep 2005)

D & P Metals

Tel 01376 503476
Bellcroft, Eastways, WITHAM, Essex CM8

Ferrous & non-ferrous scrap dealer.

Davis & Sampson

Tel 01442 878800
Billet Lane, BERKHAMSTEAD, Herts HP4 1DP

Demolition and scrap dealer, structural steelwork.

Doe C & Co (Clacton) Recycling Ltd

Tel 01255 424861 Fax 01255 426942
70 High Street, CLACTON-ON-SEA, Essex CO15 6PW

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

E & S Metals

Tel 01462 455171 / 01462 451727 Fax 01462 453037
Bridge Works, Cadwell Lane, HITCHIN, Herts SG4 0SA

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal merchant. Factory clearance specialist.

EHS & G Recycling

Tel 01277 372637 Fax 01277 375232
141 Coxtie Green Road, BRENTWOOD, Essex CM14 5PT

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant. Factory clearance specialist.

Enderby Metals

Tel 0116 286 2450 Fax 0116 275 3081
Hepburn Bungalow, Stone Lane, ENDERBY, Leics LE9 5PP

Scrap merchant dealing in metals, electric motors, transformers, cable and commercial computers.

Evans, A G

Tel 01494 758388 Fax 01494 758906
Lodge Way, Chesham Road, Wigginton, TRING, Herts HP23 6JE

Scrap dealer, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and reusable structural steel.

F W Rooke and Co Ltd

Tel 0208 8078087
22-26 First Avenue, Montague Road Industrial Estate, Edmonton, LONDON N18 3PH

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchants.

Fay and Co Ltd

Tel 0208 459 5141
Neasden Lane Goods Depot, LONDON NW10 2UG

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant. Works and site clearance. RSJ sales.


Tel 01702 466709 Fax 01702 610523
5-6 Stock Road Industrial Estate, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, Essex SS2 5QF

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Greenwich Metal Co Ltd

Tel 0208 293 9270 Fax 0208 293 9345
Anchor Wharf, Hoskins Street, Greenwich, LONDON SE10 9PD

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap dealer.

Haniel E L G Metals Ltd

Tel 0208 594 7211 Fax 0208 594 0786
Battery Wharf, 102 Abbey Road, BARKING, Essex IG11 4BX

Stainless steel scrap dealer.

Hanningfield Metals

Tel 01277 840172
Stock Road, Templewood Estate, West Hanningfield, CHELMSFORD, Essex CM2 8LA

Aircraft and military vehicle scrap dealer.

Hill, John H & Son

Tel 01582 792454 Fax 01582 792454
28-30 Fish Street, Redbourn, ST ALBANS, Herts AL3 7LP

Scrap dealer, ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Hughes L C

Tel 01869 252353
Windmill Nurseries, Aylesbury Road, BICESTER, Oxon OX6 0RA

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Imperial Metal Recyclers Ltd
Tel 01702 299980
63 Vanguard Way, SHOEBURYNESS, Essex SS3 9QY

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant and ELV (End of Life Vehicles) licensed treatment facility.  Takes all vehicles and all metals.  
(Updated Feb 2005)

Kaysmet Recycling Services

Tel 01865 377798
62 Banbury Road, Kidlington, WOODSTOCK, Oxon OX20 1LQ

Dealer in non-ferrous scrap and secondhand machinery.

Kelvedon Auto Spares 87

Tel 01376 583592
Allshots Farm, Woodhouse Lane, KELVEDON, Essex CO5 9DF

Car and van dismantler.

KGR Metals Ltd

Tel 0161 794 9646 (7am-7pm)  Mobile (24 hours) 07718 743282  Fax 0871 7335247
Email mail@kgr-metals.co.uk  Web www.kgr-metals.co.uk
Unit 4, Leverbridge Mills, Radcliffe Road, BOLTON, Lancs BL3 1RU
Contact  Kevin English, kevin@kgr-metals.co.uk 

Metals processing and recycling centre, specialising in aluminium (including toll conversion), foil and steel cans.  Also receives batteries, aerosol cans, computer hardware, and electric cable.  Serves businesses and communities locally and nationally, from multinationals and local authorities to small businesses.  Scrap metal collection from can banks at amenity and community waste sites.  Printed circuit boards and low end computer equipment are recycled to recover copper, other precious metals, and the boards themselves.  Materials are weighed and checked before the laboratory analyses each metal for the best form of re-use, and to ensure quality specifications.  Operates a public weighbridge.  Fleet vehicles supply nationwide collection and delivery, including a "just in time" service.  Free estimates.  Website's information section includes advice, facts and graphs on recycling of UK domestic and industrial metals.  (Updated Jan 2004)

Mann Buck & Co

Tel 01277 364344 Fax 01277 364014
2 The Elms, Morden Ash, ONGAR, Essex CM5 9EJ

Ferrous scrap, and dealer in reusable materials.

Mayer Parry Recycling Ltd

Tel 01322 336970 Fax 01322 331581
Head Office, Manor Road, ERITH, Kent DA8 2AD

Major ferrous and non ferrous scrap dealer. Depots at Brentford, Canning Town, East Tilbury, Erith, Hartlepool, Kettering, Newmarket, Northampton, Norwich, Park Royal, Ridham, Rochester, Rotheram, Tilbury Docks, Tottenham, Wandsworth, Willesden, Woburn and Yarmouth.

Metal Salvage Ltd

Tel 01865 245834 Fax 01865 793108
Jackdaw Lane, OXFORD OX4 1SR

Factory clearance specialist.

New Southgate Scrap Metal

Freephone 0500 789100
BR Goods Yard, Station Road, LONDON W11 1GH

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant. Waste removal contractors and skip hire.

O'Dell F D & Sons Ltd

Tel 01462 812191 Fax 01462 812191
New Street Works, New Street, SHEFFORD, Beds SG17 5BW

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant and salvage dealer in constructional steel and secondhand machine tools. Waste disposal and transfer service.

Phillips Services Corp

Tel 01252 873 222
Blackbush Ltd, Blackbush House, Vigo Lane, YATELY, Hampshire GU46 6ED

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant. Also at Old Forest Road, Wokingham RG11 5QP, Tel 0118 977 4932, Fax 0118 977 3120 and Turnpike Lane Industrial Estate, Newbury Berks, RG13 2QR, Tel 01635 32117, Fax 0118 977 3120.

Past-IT Recycling Services

Tel 01953 488526  Mobile 07795 186396
Email info@pastit-recycling.co.uk  Website www.pastit-recycling.co.uk 
The Willows, Mere Road, Stow Bedon, Attleborough, Norfolk, UK NR17 1HP

Collects equipment from single PCs to entire offices, any age or specification, for recycling (can collect outside office hours to avoid disruption).  Items include desktop and notebook computers, servers, networking equipment, printers, and most IT related equipment.  All items are recorded onto asset tracking database before disassembly.  Handles ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals, and plastics including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polycarbonate (PC), high impact polystyrene (HIPS).  Cathode Ray Tubes from monitors are broken down into glass, copper and lead.  Steel, aluminium and plastic cabinet parts are removed.  Circuit boards are depopulated of integrated circuits ('chips') and other usable components, and stripped of connectors, metal brackets and hazardous materials such as batteries, before further materials recovery.  Edge connectors, visible precious metals and various other components are handled by specialist refiners and recyclers, Environment Agency licensed and holding ISO14001.  Residual waste is granulated to recover copper and other base metals.  Concise, clear, interesting website, including legislation for RoHS (heavy metals and toxic flame retardants), Landfill and WEEE directives.  Secure data deletion and certified destruction with audit, including all IDE and SCSI disc drives, made unrecoverable to standards exceeding US Department of Defence.  Materials are physically shredded to about 20mm2, prior to recovery processing.  Information pack available.  Duty of care waste transfer notes provided.  EA registered Controlled Waster Carrier.   (Updated Apr 2005)

Rainham Steel Company Ltd

Tel 014027 56034
Manus Way, New Road, RAINHAM, Essex RM13 8RE

Scrap dealer, steel and steel sections.

Rainham Steel Tubes

Tel 014027 22491
Lamson Road, Ferry Lane, RAINHAM, Essex RM13 9YY

Steel stockholder.

Raybould Metals & Co

Tel 01279 654366
4 New Town Road, BISHOPS STORTFORD, Herts CM23 3SD

Scrap dealer, non-ferrous metals.

Redcrown Ltd

Tel 01895 252049
1A Wallingford Road, UXBRIDGE, Middlesex UB8 2RW

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap buyers.

Robert Gibbs Contracting Co

Tel 01992 441585 Fax 01992 463932
Bridge Works, Pindar Road, HODDESDON, Herts EN11 0EW

Scrap dealer, ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Skinner H & Sons

Tel 01255 502076
27-31 Stour Road, HARWICH, Essex CO12 3HF

Waste textile and ferrous/non-ferrous scrap metal merchant.

Smilers Scrap Metals

Tel 0208 748 7957
Attwood Road, LONDON W6 0DS

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap buyer.

Smith & Company (Bedford) Ltd

Tel 01234 272572 Fax 01234 271891
Cauldwell Walk, BEDFORD MK42 9DT

Metals and plastics recycling for industry and local traders. Integrated waste management and disposal solutions at customer's premises, from high value metals to hazardous liquid wastes.

Smith, A V & Son

Tel 01491 836664 Fax 01491 826444
Frogs Island, Brightwell cum Sotwell, WALLINGFORD, Oxon OX10 0SW

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant and surplus machinery dismantling specialist.

Smiths of Bloxham

Tel 01295 720286 Fax 01295 721062
Milton Road, Bloxham, BANBURY, Oxon

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant. Purchaser of reusable steels, plant and machinery.

T Collins Scrap Metals

Tel 0208 519 8476
20-22 Sugar House Lane, Stratford LONDON E15 2QS

Ferrous, non-ferrous and cable scrap merchant.

Thomas, W N & Sons Ltd

Tel 01753 524575 Fax 01753 694765
Belmont Works, Stoke Garden, SLOUGH, Berks SL1 3QA

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Thornwood G D, Metal Co Ltd

Tel 01992 561256
Woodside, Thornwood Common, EPPING, Essex CM16 6NN

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal merchant. Industrial site clearance.

Thurrock Scrap Co (1990) Ltd

Tel 01375 391340 Fax 01375 391182
Unit 35, Globe Industrial Estate, GRAYS, Essex RM17 6ST

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

TR Metals

Tel 01234 854907
Caves Wood Yard, Runyan Road, Kempston, BEDFORD MK42 8HA

Scrap metal merchant.

WCW Hambrook (Mobile Scrap) Ltd

Tel 01708 865268 Fax 01708 862672
Fox Manorway, London Road, West Thurrock, GRAYS, Essex RM20 3HJ

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

Wheeler S B & Sons Ltd

Tel 01206 797190 Fax 01206 865865
King Edward Quay, The Hythe, COLCHESTER, Essex CO2 8JB

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant.

White Brothers

Tel 01375 672259 Fax 01375 361028
r/o 2 & 3 Ruskin Road, STANFORD LE HOPE, Essex CM3 6EJ

Non-ferrous scrap merchant, cable specialists and battery buyer

Whitecross Metals Ltd

Tel 01235 525285 Fax 01235 559630
49 Whitecross, ABINGDON, Oxon OX13 6BS

Factory clearance specialist. Also scrap vehicles.

Williams H & Sons Ltd

Tel 01462 454872 Fax 01462 421805
Wallace Way, HITCHIN, Herts SG4 0SE

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap merchant. Factory clearance skip service.

Yeading Scrap Metals

Tel 0208 845 7111
2 Yeading Fork, HAYES, Middx UB4 9DG

Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal dealer.