40  Metallics, plastics and rubber

This group of categories includes -

41 Common metals - ferrous and non-ferrous
42 Common metals - non-ferrous only
43 Precious and rare metals
44 Electronic and electrical scrap
45 Refrigeration equipment
46 Industrial plastic scrap
47 Rubber and tyres

There is a long tradition of recycling metals, although there is room for improvement.  However, a great deal could be done to improve recycling of plastics and rubber.  Some of this relates to more local processing plants, and developing markets for recycled product.

With recent legislation, it is urgent that we excavate the tyre mountain and find new uses for used tyres - see section 47.

The EU and UK governments have both set targets for recycling metals and plastics used in packaging - see introduction to section 50 Packaging materials.

For symbols representing different types of plastic used in packaging, see section 420 Environmental labelling.

Below in the alphabetical list are bodies that can help with general information on materials covered in sections 41-47.  For organisations that can recycle materials, go directly to the sections 41-47 shown above.

Also see

Office wastes and toner cartridges (35)
Drums, kegs and cylinders (53)
Cans and foil (54)
Plastic containers and film (56)
Reclaimed plastic composites (340)
Environmental labelling (420)

Alphabetical list of organisations

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 Plastics Federation (BPF)
Tel 0207 457 5000 Fax 0207 457 5045  
Website www.bpf.co.uk  Email imcilwee@bpf.co.uk
6 Bath Place, Rivington Street, LONDON EC2A 3JE  
Contact Iain McIlwee, Business Services Manager

Trade association of UK plastics industry (80% of turnover).  Membership includes polymer producers, suppliers and processors, additive and machinery suppliers and manufacturers.  Advice and information on, and promotion of the plastics reclamation industry.  Website carries useful information on processes and applications, and an online directory of manufacturers and recyclers of plastics.   The Plastics and Rubber Advisory Service (09061 908070) is at the same address, offering expert advice on plastics and rubber use, material selection, process selection and design - lines open 10 - 1 and 2 - 4.30 on Tue, Thu and Fri, calls 1.50 a minute.  Q & A answer section on website.  (Updated Oct 2004)

British Secondary Metals Association 
see British Metals Recycling Association

BT Consumer & Environmental Programmes
Tel 0207 728 8807 Fax 0207 728 8589
Procter House, 103 West Block, 100-110 High Holborn, LONDON WC1V 6LD

Environmental policy group, developing improved practice for handling the company's very substantial volumes of waste, reducing energy use and travel.  In association with ECTEL (European Telecommunications Industry Body), a pilot mobile phone recycling initiative has been launched.

Philip Environmental (Europe) Ltd

Tel 0207 518 0950
2nd Floor, 44 Davies Street, LONDON W1Y 1LD

Waste product reclamation. Expertise and contract services in reclamation of metallics and other materials from all types of solid waste streams and treatment of liquids.

Plastics and Rubber Advisory Service
- see BPF

ReMaDe Kent & Medway
Tel 01732 876617  Fax 01732 876611  
Email enquiries@remade-kentmedway.co.uk  Website www.remade-kentmedway.co.uk 
c/o Invicta Innovations, Horticulture Research International, EAST MALLING, Kent ME19 6BJ
Contact  Diana Lock, Programme Manager, diana.lock@remade-kentmedway.co.uk

Established by Kent County Council, Medway Council, Business Link Kent, The Brett Environment Trust and Kent Sustainable Business Partnership to create new markets and secondary uses for recycled materials.  Encourages businesses and local authorities to use recycled materials to minimise costs and use of virgin materials, turning "rubbish" into resources and profit.  Website provides information and tools,  industry facts and local projects.  Sections on:  i) Materials: plastic, paper, glass, organic, electrical, other;  ii) Services: business, support, green procurement, local waste recyclers/reprocessors;  and iii) Information: legislation, case studies, briefing papers.  Runs feasibility studies, trial schemes, helps with finance for projects focused on reducing waste, and spreads best environmental practice in recycling and sustainability.  Methods: a) help businesses identify and exploit opportunities from re-use of materials;  b) develop new markets for secondary materials, c) increase investment in reprocessing capacity and recycling infrastructure,  d) promote best practice, maximise local recycling rates and boost demand for products with high recycled content,  e) gain benefits by diverting resources from landfill back into local industry, and  f) expand the environmental technologies sector.
   (Updated Jan 2004)

Steel Can Recycling Information Bureau (SCRIB)

Web Site www.scrib.org
Tel 0207 379 1306 Freephone 0321 472 742 Fax 0207 379 1307
69 Monmouth Street, LONDON WC2H 9DG

Advice and information on and promotion of steel can recycling.

TPM Services  
Tel / Fax 01293 413084  Mobile (24 hours) 07836 795835 
enquiries@thepalletmanservices.com  Website www.thepalletmanservices.com
39 Downland Drive, Southgate West, CRAWLEY, West Sussex RH11 8QZ 
Contact  Simon Hibberd, Managing Director 

Registered waste carrier and recycler, commercial and domestic, in Crawley and surrounding areas.  Fleet of drop sided vehicles for any type of waste removal and recycling, 'no job too small or big.'   Claims to have 'in 4 months saved over 45 tonnes of wood packaging from landfill, equal to 3000 office desks'.  Aims to be cheaper than other services, and offer friendly, helpful advice.  Industrial services include 'special' or 'hazardous' waste, and arrangements with the Environment Agency.  Commercial customers are asked to separate waste by type (metal, wood, plastic etc).  Commercial and domestic fridges and freezers incur an extra charge due to the expense of safe disposal of CFCs.   TPM always has broken pallets and pallet wood that can be used for fencing, woodworking projects and kindling.  Most pallets are made from softwoods, but some are made from hardwoods, even mahogany!  Runs Crawley Waste Exchange (domestic and industrial), a non-profit making scheme allowing barter/exchange/sale/donation of anyone's unwanted items including vacuum cleaners, dump trucks, cars, horse boxes, wood mulch, ladders and even bicycle sheds, http://groups.msn.com/CRAWLEYWASTEEXCHANGE/homepage, mailto:wastexchange@aol.com Tel / Fax as above (see also WasteBook section 120 Materials exchanges (waste exchanges)).  Aims to 'show the real worth of things some call scrap!'    TPM is on Crawley Borough Council's Environmental Forum, which encourages residents and industry to live and work in more environmentally sustainable ways.  Links on website to this and many other initiatives.
  Hopes to offer a woodwaste shredding facility local to Crawley/Gatwick.  Won Crawley Green Business Award 2002 for waste disposal service with emphasis on recycling.  (Updated Sep 2005)

Waste Watch 

Tel 020 7 549 0300  Fax 0207 549 0301  
56-64 Leonard Street, LONDON EC2A 4JX
Email info@wastewatch.org.uk  Website www.wastewatch.org.uk

National co-ordinating body providing training and advice for existing and potential community groups interested in waste prevention, reduction, reuse and recycling.  Works with local and national government, promoting environmental benefits of waste minimisation on society and the economy.  Aims for positive change in attitudes and behaviour to producing and managing waste.  Runs seminars and conferences, and produces regular newsletters and information sheets.  Developed KAT (Kerbside Analysis Tool) to help councils assess the cost and practicality of different kerbside collection options, including recycling on estates.  Wasteline is a service answering questions on all aspects of waste.  Waste Watch's London network of Waste Alert Clubs help both to save businesses money and reduce waste.  The website
www.wasteonline.org.uk is a useful source of information on the waste industry.  The website www.recycledproducts.org.uk includes a database of products with recycled content - formerly compiled and maintained by Waste Watch, and originally called Buy Recycled, it is now run by WRAP (below).  Has own Communications Consultancy which reduces actual waste (Tel 020 7549 0328, kathryn@wastewatch.org.uk).  (Updated Sep 2005)

WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme)
Helpline freephone 0808 100 2040  Switchboard Tel 01295 819900  Fax 01295 819911 / 819917
Email  helpline@wrap.org.uk   Website  www.wrap.org.uk
The Old Academy, 21 Horse Fair, BANBURY, Oxon OX16 0AH

Not-for-profit body in the private sector, set up to remove barriers to sustainable waste minimisation (promotes home composting, retail and real nappies), re-use and recycling.  Works / liaises with community, public, private, and recycling and secondary materials sectors.  Seeks innovators and partners to accelerate resource efficiency, and create and develop stable, efficient markets for recycled materials and products.  Recycled Products Guide www.recycledproducts.org.uk is an easily searchable directory of over 3200 recycled products, from watering cans to clothing and waste bins to fences; runs forums, and info on recycled materials and related websites at http://www.recycledproducts.org.uk/buy-recycled/links.asp#top .  Facilitates tenders and grants in many areas.   Working on glass, plastics, wood, paper, organics, aggregates, and other materials.  ROTATE (Recycling and Organics Technical Advisory Team) supports and advises local authorities on separate collection of dry recyclables and organic wastes; 'hands on' support customised to councils' needs;  Organics composted products information service.  eQuip Residual Value Guarantee (RVG) scheme helps recycling companies secure finance by guaranteeing future residual value of machinery, set up with a panel of banks and leasing companies who lease to the recycling sector.  Materials Pricing Report (produced by ICIS-LOR for WRAP) has up-to-date info on market prices of recyclables, to assist buying, and where to sell, recyclable materials.  AggRegain Service (section 21), uses Aggregates Levy funds for research / action to reduce demand for primary materials by encouraging aggregate reuse and recycling.  Recycle Now consumer awareness campaign launched 2004 (section 200).  Useful website has links to these schemes, and materials, business & finance, and procurement sections.  Supported by funding from DEFRA, the DTI and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (see WasteBook entries under Central Government).  (Updated Feb 2005)