How is the UK Scrap Metal industry today?

For a long time, the scrap metal industry has been a vital sector for the UK economy, and it remains so today. In the nineteenth century, the UK led the Industrial Revolution, with almost 50% of the world’s steel and iron produced on its shores.

Scrap metal industry today

Up to half of all metal manufactured in the UK today is made up of recycled materials. Recycling metal is an essential facet of the production process now and for the years to come.

Essential facts about metal recycling:

  • Recycled metals can be turned into new metal products.
  • The production of metal products from recycled materials is also the most economical and eco-friendly system for businesses and the industry.
  • Recycling metals saves the natural deposits of minerals and minimizes CO2 emissions and the energy consumption required in mining raw materials.

The UK scrap metal market.

The scrap metal market in the UK is divided into two metal categories: ferrous and non-ferrous metals. All ferrous metals contain iron and various alloy combinations, e.g. cast iron and steel and are magnetic. 

Scrapping and recycling metals doesn’t cost much these days and are now the central part of metal scrap recycling and trading and the UK has over 1500 scrap yards, with combined revenue of £5bn per year.

Today’s familiar sources of ferrous metals include:

Non-ferrous metals cover a range of metals, such as lead, titanium, aluminium, and copper are in this category. Still, they are only valuable to scrap yards when free of contaminants, e.g. tar, rubber and other materials. Non-ferrous metals are graded in the UK for their quality and purity, with prices paid to customers depending on the metal grade offered.

What is the latest scrap metal legislation in the UK?

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act came into legislation in 2013 to provide better protection for consumers. As of 2013, all scrap metal dealers have to apply for a license from their local council authority to be scrap metal dealers. It has also been illegal for scrap metal recyclers to pay for scrap in cash since 2013, with only electronic payments and cheques permitted today.

At Reclamet, you can sell your scrap metal to us for recycling with complete confidence. We use the latest and best technology for processing ferrous and non-ferrous metals and guarantee total accuracy in our weighing.

Every customer gets paid accurately what their scrap is worth to the nearest penny.

For further information about our metal recycling service, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team today or visit Reclamet’s yard to see for yourself.

Call Reclamet, The scrap metal specialists you can rely on:

Call: 01843 823554 / 01843 823224

Reclamet – The Recycling Centre
Woodchurch Road,
Woodchurch, Birchington,
Thanet, Kent,
England. CT7 0HL

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Reclamet reviews

Great service from Tony in the tyre department cheers

adrian burford
adrian burford2021-07-31

Always good professional service would highly recommend 👌

Albert Snelson
Albert Snelson2021-07-31

Very good service and cheap.

John Sani
John Sani2021-07-31

Really friendly and helpful.

Keith Reading
Keith Reading2021-06-30

A good experience, we needed two part warm tyres for the wife, we turned up, the tyres fitted and we drove away 30 minutes late job done. 🙂

John Gregory
John Gregory2021-06-30

Excellent customer service and communication. Prompt pick up of old car and all personnel were friendly and professional.

Sarah Trigg
Sarah Trigg2021-05-31

Good price for scrap metal.

Found the experience very easy and all staff i dealt with were very helpfull

Jerry Borrie
Jerry Borrie2021-04-30

Booked in for my car to be collected. very efficient, well organized with no issues, money paid straight into my account the same day. The driver was very helpful and polite. Would happily use this company again.

Margate Missy
Margate Missy2021-04-30

Brought my car in to be scrapped and was offered a fair price, much more than i expected to get for my mini. The owner of the business - Stuart was very helpful along with the girls in the office and the weighbridge. Would happily recommend to friends and family.

Verity Smith
Verity Smith2021-04-30

Great place found the staff very helpful and pleasant would definitely recommend them

chris obrien
chris obrien2021-04-30

Fabulous service and very straight forward. I found Stuart to be immensely helpful and knowledgeable.

Andy Morrison
Andy Morrison2021-04-30

Fantastic service. Recommended.


Excellent service from start to finish. A special mention to Sacha and Gus for their professional and helpful approach.

luke stevens
luke stevens2021-04-30

Excellent service they had exactly what I needed.

Gary Gould
Gary Gould2021-04-30

Was unsure where to begin with locating a certain part, was recommended to Reclamet and now wouldn't go anywhere else, easy and quick process to buy what I was looking for.

Leon W
Leon W2021-04-30

Fantastic business to trade with. Stuart and the team are all extremely helpful, would highly recommend

Daniel O'Brien
Daniel O'Brien2021-04-30

Needed a few parts for my van a week ago kieran was very helpful and knowledgeable part fits and works thanks for the help highly recommended extremely professional and outstanding customer service

Adam Burkett
Adam Burkett2021-03-18

Very happy with the service I received. Helpful and friendly, even changed the battery for me. Would try them for parts fist before anywhere else.

Craig Alexander
Craig Alexander2020-11-27

Honest, great communication, great prices. Friendly. I had a damaged catalytic converter from an attempted theft and Reclamet was the only company that had adequate communication and was not dodgy as most of the other scrap metal dealers seemed. So it was well-worth my drive from central London to Kent to get the £784 they paid me for the catalytic converter. Impressive :-)

Peter Johnson
Peter Johnson2020-11-27

Great people to do business with.

Steve Ranger
Steve Ranger2020-11-20

Friendly staff helpful and have most things in stock

Sam Small
Sam Small2020-11-20

Always go for puncture repairs, £10. Also do new and part worn tyres

Mark Wilcox
Mark Wilcox2020-11-11

Absolutely brilliant, needed some steel re-bar for a project, super friendly staff, let me pick out what I needed. Excellent, highly recommended. Will come back!

Bambi Sham
Bambi Sham2020-11-11

I needed a part for my car but didn't want to pay through the nose. i went to the shop and they found the part i needed quickly. i was very happy with my purchase.

Justin Evans
Justin Evans2020-11-11

Brilliant service

Terri Green
Terri Green2020-10-11

Very friendly both over the phone and in person. Had all the parts I needed. Matt was extremely helpful and went out his way to find all the parts I needed.


Got new wheel for my fiat 500 less than third of price as another dealer, highly recommend

Lucy Bryant
Lucy Bryant2020-08-11

Bought two new tires, balanced and fittedStaff are professional and courteous.

Alex Broadley
Alex Broadley2020-08-11

Bought a car from them no problems at all highly recommend to all.

Nigel Nelly
Nigel Nelly2020-03-11

Great service, no problems had a new tyre fitted, and new headlight for my car. Very reasonable prices. Staff polite and helpful. Will use again.

Vicky xxx
Vicky xxx2020-02-11

Brilliant service as always,Good price and fitting.

Adam Messenger
Adam Messenger2019-12-11

Great price, quick job, excellent all round.

Chris Hazelden
Chris Hazelden2019-12-11

Saying goodbye to my faithful old car was a wrench but the man at the kiosk was so kind. Excellent service, no mucking around but understanding. Good rate for scrap too. Thank you.

Davina Holness
Davina Holness2018-12-11

Good as gold every time I visit.

Graham Palmer
Graham Palmer2018-04-01

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