Scrap Metal Recycling – The Impact Of Covid-19

COVID-19 has impacted every industry across the UK. The nationwide lockdowns and subsequent restrictions to working practices have caused unprecedented disruption as never seen before. The recycling industry has not been exempted from this upheaval.

Changes in metal value

COVID-19 put a stop to scrap metal shipments, with a lot of plants across the world being closed down due to restrictions. With the decline in production, scrap metal recycling demand has fallen. Aluminium is still underperforming because nearly all UK aluminium smelters have been closed down. Due to the scarcity of scrap, some countries even began to impose bans on exporting scrap metal, such as South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

As most countries reopen their economies, demand for specific metals rises, such as copper, but the supply is still disrupted, driving up the price. However, the low prices on the UK metal market are disrupting as many traders are storing their valuable metals and not selling them for scrapping. This is due to the current low prices currently being offered, with traders likely holding until the economy recovers.

The delivery and prices of scrap metal have been affected by the pandemic. With so many workers in the construction industry on furlough, many scrap yards have been working at reduced capacity, affecting the market. The metal recycling market is dependent on high or low metal prices, and market changes have had a considerable impact on recycling habits and the scrap shredder market.

Covid-19 and the metal recycling supply chain

The rate of metal recycling across the UK has seen a decline. Social distancing has meant that metal recycling centres have typically been closed to the public or have had restrictions only allowing public members to drop off one type of waste per visit. At Reclamet, we specialise in end of life vehicle and scrap metal recycling, processing and collection from ferrous and non-ferrous materials. We ensure that metals are being recycled and used by companies who need them to keep the supply chain from trade to commercial corporate.

What is the future outlook?

Every business faces a significant challenge, especially in manufacturing and construction. The recycling industry in the UK supplies materials across the globe, and other countries face similar problems due to the global pandemic, meaning that they are suspending their markets to some of our recycled materials. Without these markets, many recycling operators are competing for warehouse space with other industries.

But things will change. While COVID-19 has put the brakes on the industry, recycling scrap metal is expected to continue to grow into the future. As recycling businesses develop and better waste collection systems are implemented, business opportunities will continue to appear, creating thousands more jobs. It will take some time, with initial upfront costs. But, once the UK begins to adapt to a post-COVID-19 world, the recycling industry will be a vital player in helping to rebuild the economy.

Scrap metal recycling

Reclamet is local scrap metal recycling company based in Birchington, Kent.

We offer scrap processing services throughout Thanet and Kent, including scrap metal recycling, scrap metal processing and scrap metal collection.

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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