Scrap Metal Recycling Past Future

Historically, scrap metal recycling was not about sustainability and the environment, nor was it a social imperative; it was simply a way of making things last longer, avoiding having to spend on materials, and making some extra money by selling valuable substances so that they could be reused.

This sense of recycling dates back for centuries, and it is only with the advent of modern, cheap mass production techniques that many things have become affordable enough to be viewed as ‘disposable’.



During the 20th century, things changed – in the global depression of the 1930s-40s, recycling was a way to make money go further, but by the 1960s-70s it had started to be seen as a way to be kinder to the environment.

Fast-forward to the early 21st century and, until recession hit again in 2007-08, sustainability had actually become something businesses would spend extra on, as part of their corporate social responsibility and environmental policies.

Now the recent economic turbulence has brought money back to the list of priorities for many businesses simply trying to survive in tough trading conditions, so it’s little surprise that scrap metal recycling as a way of selling waste materials has returned to the fore.

But what does the future hold? There are a few possibilities…



Prioritising the use of more recyclable metals is one option that may be explored too; some metals, such as those used in smartphones and batteries, are still only recycled at very low percentage rates.

Others such as the copper alloy known as gunmetal (and literally used in making guns), actually perform better when they contain some impurities, making them great candidates for more extensive use in recycling in the future.



Finally, it is worth noting that recycling is really coming of age, with new laws to ensure people’s identity is recorded when they trade in scrap metals.

This gives scrap metal merchants more peace of mind that the scrap has been legitimately collected, and that the payment will be properly declared for tax purposes, all of which helps the customer to get a proper market rate for their materials at trade-in.

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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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