We are strong believers in supplying and supporting the local economy. The regions strength in metal working/manufacturing creates scrap and provides the foundry’s to re-use it.

The emergence of “The circular economy” fits precisely with our business ethos.

Why circular economy

As well as creating new opportunities for growth, a more circular economy will:

  • Reduce waste
  • Drive greater resource productivity
  • Deliver a more competitive UK economy.

position the UK to better address emerging resource security/scarcity issues in the future.

help reduce the environmental impacts of our production and consumption in both the UK and abroad.

(sourse WRAP website)

This ethos also fits precisely with the Waste Hierarchy model of Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Recovery, landfill in order of preference.

More information on your legal “duty of care” www.gov.uk/managing-your-waste-an-overview/overview

More information on “The Waste Hierarchy” www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/69403/pb13530-waste-hierarchy-guidance.pdf

Recycling Management Ltd, MIM’s only true Total Waste Management supplier, are proud to announce that we have been nominated for Metals Recycling Business of the Year 2019 at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management.

We are absolutely over the moon and feel that our hard work and determination to fully embrace diversity in the workplace, coupled with our outstanding push towards a revamped brand is finally paying off.  Every day we are at the forefront of manufacturing support and our increased fleet and in-house systems are the backbone of our operation.

We are the only Midlands-based business to be nominated so we feel that we are representing our community and by extension the MIM Family.

When we decided to rebrand and revamp our look it was to try and remove some of the stigma attached to suppliers in the waste management sector.

Couple this with our continued push to promote and enhance our female workforce and I can say without doubt that we are doing more here than 75% of the companies who tick boxes by attending a diversity workshop.

And now we have been rewarded for our efforts.

We have always felt that the MIM Family keep us at arm’s length, perhaps its because we just aren’t a glamourous sector, but I can tell you all that we are as vital as any other business in the manufacturing supply chain.   If we don’t deliver our services then your workforce grind to a halt.  If we don’t perform to the highest standard then the very real, living environment is harmed.  That environment belongs to all of us and we feel a strong responsibility towards making a genuine change, not just a box ticking exercise.

We are looking forward to meeting you all at the MiM Expo this year and beginning progressive and meaningful dialogue.  But we aren’t mind-readers and if you don’t tell us what you need then we can’t help.  I fail to understand how we can offer free audits and more money per tonne only to be met with a lack of interest.  If you are all doing so well with the environment then please let us visit your site to see how you do it!

Get in touch, come and see us at G27 on the day of the Expo – you’ll be glad you did.

Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognise, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together and put the planet first.

Every year, the earth yields billions of tons of resources to transform into consumables. At some point, there can only be nothing left. That’s why we all must, think again about what we throw away – seeing not waste, but opportunity.

Here at Recycling Management Ltd we service manufacturing companies across every sector, our consultants are fully trained to identify the best avenue to take when choosing a route to recycling and minimising the impact to our environment.

We collect, process and recycle scrap metal but we also manage packaging and hazardous wastes, supplying a collection for both streams providing the volume is significant.

Please email us to advise you on managing your waste streams but more importantly keeping the environment clean !!!

We are absolutely thrilled to be one of the sponsors for the Charity Football Match at Bescot Stadium on May 11th!

The event is in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance and promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family.

We spoke to Managing Director Yvonne Manders about the involvement of Recycling Managing Ltd – “I was absolutely thrilled when we were asked to be one of the sponsors for the event, it’s such an amazing charity and we want to use the exposure that the celebrities bring with them to highlight the amazing work that Midlands Air Ambulance does.

We understand just how important it is that our customers are looked after and given every support available so to be able to give back to the community through sponsoring this event is more than worthwhile.”

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has joined forces with Walsall Football Club and Sellebrity Soccer to raise over £50,000, funding 20 lifesaving air ambulance missions.

Some of the biggest and most recognizable faces on TV will play in the Celebrity Charity Air Ambulance Cup on Saturday 11th May 2019, cheered on by over 6,000 fans in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance.


Scrap metal recycling is essential for saving energy and preserves natural resources. Certain metals have different uses and are more commonly recycled. Some are used in building construction, others are used at home for kitchenware. When looking to recycle metal it’s worth knowing the value, as prices can vary when selling it.

As a Birmingham-based scrap processor we specialise in recycling a number of metals. Below is a list of what can be recycled and how much they’re worth.


Steel is the most recycled metal in the world. It’s recycled for construction, hardware tools, cars and cans. Because it has magnetic properties it’s especially useful for electrical appliances. It can be separated into three scrap categories: home scrap, prompt scrap and obsolete scrap.

Home scrap comes from inside a steel mill and becomes available in weeks. Prompt scrap is produced from products that have been manufactured from steel and is available in months. Obsolete scrap is produced from steel products at the end of their lives and it may take decades for it to be available.

Steel is recycled regularly, so the prices are unlikely to fluctuate.


Copper can be recycled for use in electrical applications and wiring. For non-electrical purposes it’s used for plumbing tubes and roofing sheets. Scrap copper needs to be well diluted for use in power cables because any impurities may cause hot shortness. This is when the metal cracks under high temperatures when it has a low mechanical strength.

Copper prices tend to shift with the needs of the market, meaning you’re likely to get a higher price for it compared to steel.


Aluminium is an incredibly versatile alloy and offers environmental benefits because it’s infinitely recyclable. It also helps reduce CO2 emissions through its production processes. Globally, up to 70% of all aluminium cans are recycled, making it the most recycled packaging product in the world. With its versatility it can be reused in construction, cars and kitchen appliances as well as be recast into its original form.

Because it’s recycled continuously the price of aluminium doesn’t tend to fluctuate much.

When we recycle scrap metal our policy is to give a reliable quote. We also collect scrap metal right across the West Midlands. For more information feel free to contact us on 0121 328 5000.

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Over the last years, the British industry has been more than willing to use scrap non-ferrous metals for production. The situation is similar in many other European countries. According to analysts, this is a constant trend that might even get reinforced in the following years. What does it result from and what are the consequences?

Generally speaking, non-ferrous metals are all metals other than iron. The most common ones include aluminium, copper, brass, cobalt, nickel, tungsten, zinc, tin, and titanium, and they are in the highest demand in European and global markets. The popularity of non-ferrous metals mostly results from their high durability, plasticity, corrosion and thermal resistance, and the fact that they can be used to produce alloys. Thanks to their unique physical, chemical, and technological properties, these metals often meet even the strictest requirements imposed by the European industry. They are used in a number of trades, mostly to produce machine parts and structural elements.

The popularity of non-ferrous metals mostly results from their high durability, plasticity, corrosion and thermal resistance, and the fact that they can be used to produce alloys.


The basic non-ferrous metals used in the European industry include:

  • Aluminium – the third most abundant element on Earth. Due to its low density and high resistance to corrosion it is used for manufacturing a variety of products, from cans to electrical wiring to spacecraft elements.
  • Copper – a semi-precious metal, mostly used in electronics and construction as, for example, raw material for the manufacturing of electrical wiring, vacuum tubes, and CRT displays, and also as roofing material.
  • Brass – used for the manufacturing of industrial valving and sanitary tapware, equipment resistant to seawater, ammunition and access hardware. It is used in motor, electrotechnical and shipbuilding industries.
  • Nickel – a metal of high resistance to abrasion and corrosion. Mostly used for the galvanic coating of steel items. Nickel alloys are used in the power industry and for the manufacturing of coins.
  • Lead – a soft blue and grey metal used for the production of car batteries, batteries, wiring, pipes, acid-resistant chemical apparatus, ammunition and hunting pellets.
  • Zinc – a metal mostly used for coating steel sheets in order to ensure their corrosion resistance.

As the European industry and particularly its technological branches develop, requirements of non-ferrous metals grow. A great demand and a decreasing share of Europe in the production of primary metals result in a considerable increase in the amount of metals recycled.

Recycling has been a hot-button issue for quite some time. It’s hard to overstate its importance – the impact it has on the environment, as well as UK’s economy is substantial. The Earth’s resources are not a cornucopia of unlimited possibilities, so proper conservation can only benefit everyone in the long run. Thankfully, the recycling process allows us to reuse most of the Earth’s resources, so it’s definitely an important solution that should be more widespread.

Recycling scrap metal helps benefit the UK economy mainly because it mitigates the need to extract non-renewable resources through mining. Though we may not be conscious of it on a daily basis, the Earth’s supplies are finite, so it’s best to avoid digging up materials when we still have scrap that we can reuse.The UK produces a great amount of scrap metal on a daily basis. Using all of it only once can greatly increase the necessity for boat and rail transport, which not only raises the likelihood of pollution, but also costs much more than recycling old scrap metal does.

Recycling also helps conserve energy. The amount of energy required for recycling scrap is much smaller than the amount required for excavation of raw materials. Conservation of energy directly translates to conservation of monetary resources, and is thus a key aspect of sustainable development.

The following materials can be recycled:

Glass – a common element found in scrap alongside metal. It can be very easily recycled through melding and remoulding, gaining a new life through bottles and other products. Though glass can be made fairly easily, the cost of creating new glass is still much greater than recycling new glass. It’s important to note, however, that glass needs to be sorted by colour and recycled separately from one another.
Metal – the most common component of scrap, metal requires little energy to be melted and remoulded, and in the case of some metals like aluminium, this process can be repeated multiple times with no loss of metal quality. Metal recycling is particularly important as not only does excavating raw metal involve a lot of invasive digging that is very costly, but raw metal is also a finite resource.
Paper – a bit harder to recycle since it can’t be melted, paper is still much cheaper to reuse than it is to create new paper from trees.
Plastic – the importance of recycling plastic mostly has to do with the fact that plastic cannot be safely disposed of in any other way without contaminating the environment.

Recycling Management are proud to be supporting Parkinson’s UK by taking a moment during World Parkinson’s Day to raise awareness of a condition that affects over 12,000 people in the West Midlands alone.

Every hour two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson’s – could it be somebody in your office or on the factory floor?

Parkinson’s UK drives better care, treatments and quality of life for everyone affected.

Recycling Management are supporting Parkinson’s UK by sponsoring the Birmingham Abseil Event in June, we’d love to see members of the Made in the Midlands family there!

For more details click here: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/events/birmingham-snow-hill-abseil


Time certainly has flown since we last met at the MIM Expo in June.  Many of you already know that RML launched our latest 2018/19 Brochures on the day, but we are aware that some of you didn’t get your copies.

It couldn’t be easier to pick up a copy and regardless of your requirements there is support for all types of manufacturing in our pages.  The Brochures are split into three distinct categories; Scrap Metal Management, Waste Management, Reporting & Auditing.

Our Sales & Marketing Director, was on hand earlier to discuss the thinking behind three separate brochures, “At RML we spend a great deal of time with our client base discussing how our services can support their specific requirements and not just attempting to apply a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach as other waste management companies are known to do.  We listened to our cherished customers and it became apparent that not all manufacturing companies have a requirement for scrap metal and waste management, and some only want guidance through auditing and support via reporting.

We made the decision to deliver three brochures to market in the knowledge that local manufacturing has very specific requirements spread across a wide number of waste streams, from scrap to packaging and from hazardous to factory clear-outs.

Our brochures are designed to support, inform and ultimately help the client make the decision to utilise RML, its private fleet and our fantastic bespoke logistics software, for all waste output.”

If you would like a copy of our brochure then


We’ll see you at the next Breakfast Meeting!

In this day and age, going green has gained a near-profound level of importance. With the amount of waste we produce every day, it’s no wonder that so many people are pushing towards recycling. This goes double to very valuable waste, such as precious metal found in electronic scrap, that goes to waste if it isn’t recovered.

Electronic scrap, or e-scrap, is unique in that it contains a number of recoverable secondary scrap metals, such as copper and steel. We use the name as an umbrella term for discarded computer, entertainment system, mobile phones, kitchen utilities, office equipment – any type of electronic device. All of them contain valuable metals that can be reused to a large degree.

With that in mind, if you want to know how it works and how you can best use e-scrap recycling to your advantage, keep reading!

Electronics recycling

An important thing you must take care of when you want to recycle your electronics is to find a place that offers recycling services. This is easily achieved through an online search, as all facilities listed near you should be quite easy to find. There are quite a bit of them, and you can be sure they’ll help reuse the valuable parts from your electronics. Some of these services may be free of charge while others may require payment. One thing that you should keep in mind before turning in your electronics, however, is to wipe your data clean.

Recycling facilities

E-scrap recycling facilities are becoming more commonplace, due to the fact that more and more people are conscious of the fact that e-scrap elements may be effectively reused. By utilising these facilities and supporting the means through which precious metal recovery is possible, we can help vastly increase the amount of metal recovered, as well as help the technologies develop further, making the process even more commonplace and effective in the future.

Data clearing practices

This is a point that can’t be stressed enough – as mentioned earlier, it is extremely crucial to dispose of all of your data before handing over your e-scrap for recycling. Even logging out from your accounts isn’t enough, as much of the data is stored locally either way. It is in the best interest of everyone involved to always make sure that your electronics are wiped clean of all data before recycling.

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Mrs. Wood 14/12/2020

Debbie is an excellent representative, always extremely helpful, responsive to queries and very friendly. She always goes the extra mile to help and works with us to make things as smooth as possible. Couldn't ask for more really!

Mr. Price 14/12/2020

Good and very professional service. Easy to deal With great rates of pay offered, would recommend 100%.

Mr. Aucott 28/12/2020

Hi and a happy new year to you all. My apologies for not filling this out sooner but just been so busy. Can't complain at all about your services, you always try and accommodate our needs as its hard to judge when our bins will be full but you always help us out. And as for your representative Mr Lee Perry, well........ what can one say....... he's salt of the earth and always been upfront with me and he's always been there at the end of the phone with help and advice when needed, even when I've contacted him over the weekend or at alton towers. In a nutshell I'd recommend recycling management to anyone, 10 out of 10 all around. Cheers, Tim Aucott

Mr Davidson December 2020

Generally very good from the office to drivers. Confirmination of collection time / day could be slightly improved but overall very happy with the service.

Mr Duncan Decemeber 2020

Always on time and as always, done efficiently and with no fuss”

Mr Benton December 2020

Always supporting us with excellent service. Scap metal collections are always on time and drivers are incredibly professional. We have been empowered by a reliable supplier offering very good payment terms. Trust and faith in the service offered from Recycling Management”

Mr Marson Email

In most cases we have been serviced well. Lee is and has always been very quick to respond to any of our issues.

The main issue for ourselves has been failed collections other than that things have gone very well over the last 12 months.

Mrs Cooper December 2020

Excellent service provided by Lee

Gordan Moss

Always willing to go that extra mile when needed, thank you

Dave Radarm

We have used RML across many projects for years, skip collection for my scrap metal. They can be trusted and payment is always prompt. They offer great service and the drivers are extremely helpful.
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