EMR COVID-19 Statement

A statement from EMR Metal Recycling on COVID-19.

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In light of the unprecedented events resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, EMR has taken the difficult decision to significantly scale back its UK operations. The health and safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers is our highest priority leading us to close to retail customers on the 24 March in line with the UK lockdown. We will now be closing a number of sites around the UK and reducing the number of employees in those that remain open to ensure all social distancing advice can be easily adhered to.

These changes will take effect from 6pm on Friday 27 March 2020. The following sites remain operational to provide a service to our business suppliers and the necessary contact numbers to make appointments to deliver material are also shown:-


North East

  • Blaydon – call 0191 414 3618
  • Burnopfield - PLEASE CALL 01207 270731 TO ARRANGE VISIT
  • Hartlepool – call 01429 268575
  • Tyne Dock – call 0191 454 1773


North West

  • Liverpool Alexandra Docks – call 0151 944 7500
  • Rochdale – call 01706 341623
  • Salford – call 0161 745 7555

West Midlands

East Midlands


South West & Wales

South East

  • Bedford – call 01234 272572
  • Newmarket – call 01638 721742
  • Tilbury Dock – call 01375 844 525
  • East Tilbury – call 01375 856902

South Coast

All of our colleagues affected by these changes are being supported during this time through the Government Coronavirus Employee Retention Scheme.

The collection, processing, recycling and disposal of waste, including metal recycling, has a small but significant role to play to support the waste needs of many front line companies including:

  • Utility companies that keep the water running and electricity and gas flowing
  • Petrochemical companies to keep fuel at the fuel stations
  • Logistics and distribution companies that keep the food and services and home deliveries moving
  • The NHS, pharmaceutical and chemical companies
  • Transportation and public transport including rail and buses
  • The waste companies like Biffa, Veolia, Suez, ensuring that your bins get emptied
  • The Ministry of Defence and the armed forces
  • Communications companies that keep you connected
  • Local authorities who are struggling to manage their household waste recycling centres

To that end, we will continue to operate out of the reduced number of sites to service these front line businesses.

We are continuously monitoring UK Government, DEFRA and the BMRA advice. We thank you for your cooperation at this difficult time and we hope that you and loved ones remain safe and well.