On 18 March, Global Recycling Day, the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), the trade association representing metals recycling and scrap yards, launched a new campaign to encourage members of the public to support their local scrap yard, whilst raising funds for local schools, community projects and charities.

Metal is 100% recyclable and has an instant value. Why not check your shed, garage, and even your kitchen for metals that are no longer being used, take it to a local scrap yard and, should you wish, donate the money. 

It's simple, use the link below to find a BMRA yard in your area, give them a call to check they can take your metal, and, bingo, you will have money available to donate to your local school, community project or charity. 

Some members of the public have set up accounts at a metal recycling yard so that anyone can take their metal and donate the money directly. 

As it is the summer holidays in some regions, check out the yard's website or social media for opening times. 

Remember, it's illegal to be paid cash for your scrap metal.

 

Find a metal recycling yard near you 

 

How to sell your scrap

It is illegal to be paid cash for your scrap metal, including from your home address. You need to provide identification and the dealer requires a Scrap Metal Dealers Licence. 

You can present either:

  • a photocard driving licence (which shows your address) or;
  • a current passport and supporting document, consisting of one of the following; 
    • a utility bill (not a mobile phone bill) 
    • bank or building society statement
    • debit or credit card statement 
    • a council tax letter.  

While you should not be paid cash, you can be paid by several instant methods including bank transfer, by cheque or pre-paid card. 

If you are offered cash you can report it anonymously.

 

What can I recycle?

The below is a list of items that can be recycled. Some items listed below are waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). It is worth checking with the yard before to see what material they take:

  • Cars
  • Bikes
  • Old TV aerials
  • Lawn mowers
  • Garden railings/metal fence
  • Metal cooking utensils, cutlery, pots and pans
  • Washing machines
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Radios
  • Metal light fittings
  • Door handles and hinges 
  • Ovens
  • Sinks
  • Toasters
  • Microwaves
  • Taps
  • Boilers
  • Water tanks
  • Copper water pipes
  • Metal baths
  • Radiatiors/towel heaters
  • Irons and ironing boards
  • Clothes racks
  • Televisions
  • Tablets and mobile/smart phones
  • Games consoles
  • and more...