What we
Buy

What we buy

We buy all types of scrap metal at our sites. This includes ferrous metals such as iron and steel, as well as non-ferrous metals, electrical goods, domestic appliances, catalytic converters and scrap cars. While we accept an extensive range of items, there are some we cannot accept. For more information on prohibited and restricted items, please see here.

Ferrous Metal

We accept most ferrous metals (iron-based metals, which are generally magnetic), including domestic/household items, such as washing machines, bikes and cars, as well as all grades of heavy iron from construction, demolition, manufacturing and a diverse number of other sectors.

NON-FERROUS METAL

We buy all grades of non-ferrous metal in any form, including metals such as aluminium, brass, copper, lead, tin, titanium and stainless steel. Our local teams of non-ferrous metal specialists are able to quickly identify these metals in order to offer you a competitive price.

Examples of non-ferrous metals and goods:

Alloy wheels
Aluminium
Aluminium cans*
Batteries
Brass
Bronze
Cables
Copper
Electric motors
Lead
Nickel
Stainless steel
Swarf (turnings, filings or shavings)
Tin
Titanium
Zinc

*Please note, not all yards accept aluminium cans, so please check with your local yard before visiting

Scrap Vehicles

We have the largest network of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) in the UK, allowing us to take care of your end-of-life vehicle in compliance with strict legislation, and recycle up to 95% of each scrap vehicle.

The scrap vehicle process

Catalytic Converters

We operate one of the largest and most professional catalytic converter buying networks in the industry, enabling us to price and purchase both auto and industrial catalytic converters. We are able to offer competitive prices on all makes and types of converter, with prompt payment and a fast turnaround.

Large domestic appliances

Many EMR yards accept large domestic appliances. We are able to accept these from local authorities, take-back schemes and producer-compliance schemes as well as the general public.

Examples of large domestic appliances:

  • Cookers
  • Dishwashers
  • Tumble dryers
  • Washing machines

Fridges And Freezers

At our dedicated plants in the Midlands and London (EMR Darlaston and EMR Willesden), we use state-of-the-art equipment to handle end-of-life fridges and freezers. These appliances require specialist processing to safely remove harmful substances and gases, and to recover valuable materials for recycling. We handle these appliances in an environmentally sound and compliant way.

SMALL ELECTRICAL GOODS AND APPLIANCES

We accept small electrical goods and appliances (referred to by the generic term WEEE – waste electrical and electronic equipment) at many EMR yards. We are able to accept these from local authorities, take-back schemes and producer-compliance schemes as well as the general public.

Examples of electrical goods and small appliances:

Electrical toys
Kettles
Printers
Toasters

Just like many of the other materials that we accept, these appliances require specialist processing to safely recover the materials that they contain.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

The following materials cannot be accepted because they remain the property of the original owner or user:

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Dairy trolleys/cages

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Shopping trolleys

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Beer kegs/casks

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Gas cylinders - unless they have come through authorised routes

Gas cylinders can normally be returned to the supplier free of charge and dairy trolleys/cages, beer kegs/casks and shopping trolleys should be returned to the dairy, brewery or supermarket from which they originate.

The following additional items are prohibited. Due to our environmental permits we cannot accept these items at any of our yards:

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Asbestos

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Radioactive materials or containers

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PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)

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CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons)

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Ammunition shells or other explosive ordnance

HOW TO DISPOSE OF THESE ITEMS
HOW TO DISPOSE OF THESE