The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is the trade association representing the £7 billion UK metal recycling sector – a globally competitive industry supplying environmentally-friendly raw material to metals manufacturers around the world.

We represent 300 organisations comprising of metal recyclers both in the UK and internationally and members who provide services to the industry from insurance to computer software to equipment. 

The wider metals recycling industry comprises an estimated 2,000 businesses and employs some 15,000 people.

The industry trades and processes approx. 12 million tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals every year, including: steel, aluminium and copper. This sees them recycle a wide range of related products, such as end of life vehicles, packaging, batteries, domestic appliances, building materials and electronic goods.

Membership is open to UK and international metals recycling companies of good standing that have been in business for at least two years as well as those providing valuable services to this industry from transportation to computer software. All members are expected to abide by the BMRA’s Code of Conduct.


The BMRA’s overarching mission is to promote the metals recycling industry while safeguarding the interests of its member companies. This mission is underpinned by five key objectives:

  • To be an effective voice for the metals recycling industry in the UK.

  • To promote the sector to policymakers, customers, suppliers and others.

  • To steer European and UK legislation.

  • To help members to understand and respond to changing market conditions, legislation and regulations.

  • To provide additional services of mutual benefit to its members.