Service member benefits

Young British Metals Recyclers

Women in science and engineering (WISE)

"Together, as members of the BMRA, we can support the innovation of new metal recycling techniques and lobby stakeholders to keep the UK at the forefront of the profitable world recycling industry." Mellor Metals 

"Being a member of our industry's trade association means that, as a company, we have a voice when it comes to influencing important regulations and governmental policies. It is much harder, if not impossible, for individual companies to bring about change." Recycling Lives 

"We choose to be a member of the BMRA as it is the association that best represents our interests in the scrap metal industry. We receive contacts from other business throughout the world because they use the BMRA website to find suitable companies. The BMRA send us alerts and guidance on changes to the legislation and about challenges the industry is facing." Wye Valley Group

"The BMRA are a valuable contributor of insight in our industry and offer wise counsel to anyone who seeks it. They work tirelessly to raise awareness and promote responsible recycling and provide a platform for industry professionals to come together to share their experience and network." SWM & Waste Recycling Ltd

Join the BMRA

BMRA membership is open to metals recycling companies of good standing that have been in business for at least two years.

The BMRA is dedicated to meeting the needs of its members, keeping them informed about upcoming issues and regulations while helping them overcome specific problems and challenges.
As well as metals recyclers (ordinary members), there are also associate membership categories for international and service members.

To join the BMRA, download the appropriate application form from the link below, provide the appropriate documentation and references, and return to [email protected]. All applicants must read the Articles of Association (link below) in conjunction with the code of conduct found in the application pack. 

Metal Recycler (Ordinary
member) application pack
Service member
application pack
International member
application pack
Articles of Association 

Benefits of membership

Government and industry relationships: The BMRA is your voice when lobbying the government (nationally and in Europe) and working with stakeholders such as Defra, The Environment Agency and British Transport Police to highlight the issues you need addressed and work to improve the industry in the long term. 

Free in-house advice: Advice on technical, regulatory, legislative and environmental issues, the Scrap Metals Dealers Act 2013, Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, up-to-date information on Brexit, Fire Preventions Plans, Resources & Waste Strategy, and much more.

Employment and Business Telephone Helpline: Members can access the Croner Business Support telephone helpline for free advice on issues such as tax, VAT, PAYE, payroll, employment and personnel matters. 

Insurance: The BMRA has insurance brokers Peter Hoare & Co. and Aston Lark in membership, who offer bespoke insurance services to members that reflect the needs of the industry. 
Save up to 30% on insurance*  available through Peter Hoare Insurance Brokers Limited. It has exclusive rates/premiums only available to BMRA members. *On average members pay up to 30% less than if approaching the same insurers without BMRA membership. The bespoke recycling policy wording also incorporates a number of additional covers/extras often not provided by other insurers. 

Training: BMRA has partnered with APT Health and Safety Training Solutions to offer members access to key training courses. Members can choose from a range of standard and bespoke health and safety training tailored to different workplace roles. The diverse list on offer ranges from IOSH and NEBOSH courses to fire marshal with safe use of fire extinguisher and forklift truck training. Find out more:

Additional training offerings range from: Fundamentals of Metallurgy, GDPR and Continuing Competence.  

Training is held either at BMRA HQ, off-site or through service members. In 2019 the BMRA launched electric car dismantling training.

Updated Health & Safety Manual and accompanying site safety posters:  The BMRA has relaunched its prestigious Health and Safety Manual. The Manual, which has been an invaluable resource for members, will be accompanied by a new set of posters focusing on the key Health and Safety issues found on metal recycling sites. 

BMRA’s health and safety offering has been developed to help its members ensure their sites are a safe space in which to operate.  Working with experts in the field, BMRA has updated the Manual to ensure it takes account of changes in legislation and wider health and safety practices.

The first two chapters are now available: Section 1 Health and Safety Administration and Section 2 Health, via Every yard in membership will also receive the first health and safety poster - tackling concealed cylinders.

The next poster, which will focus on radiation, and the supporting chapter should be available at the end of September 2020 with a poster on batteries in relation to fires due in late October 2020. 

Legal advice and representation: Mariel Irvine Solicitors has agreed to provide legal advice and representation to BMRA members at a reduced rate. The firm, which as a long-standing relationship with the BMRA, offers expertise in a range of areas, including:

  • Environmental, licensing, regulatory and enforcement issues
  • Liability and insurance issues
  • Employment law
  • Dispute resolution
  • VAT

Save up to 40% on Sage products: BMRA members can now access discounted rates on all subscription-based Sage 50 products. Visit for more information. 

Barclaycard payment terminals: Metals recyclers can apply for a scrap metal PDQ terminals available via Barclaycard. This enables companies to perform a ‘payment’ to valid Visa debit cards. Members can contact the BMRA about how to apply. 

Discounted PPE: BMRA members have access to discounted PPE from PK Safety.

Get involved: The BMRA has a number of committees including the Legal and Policy Group and Membership and Communications Committee, that ordinary members are able to sit on as vacancies become available. 

Exclusive membership events: Each year the BMRA hold exclusive member events. These include the AGM and Golf day, typically held in June, and the Annual Dinner, preceeded by a free networking event, in November. There are other events across the year including tours, for example to the London Metal Exchange, 

Dedicated page on the BMRA website: Your own page on, accessible from the Recyclers' Directory and allowing you to provide up-to-date information about your company and the metals you take. You are welcome to use this as a website listed in directories such as

Exclusive members only area of the website: An area only for members giving you to access to important documentation including:

  • The revised WT BREF BAT conclusions
  • Fire study reports with some practical recommendations that members can use to help them focus on important aspects to consider when drafting their Fire Prevention Plans or reviewing existing fire management procedures
  • GDPR documentation

Promote yourself to fellow members: Members can use BMRA communication channels to share their news with fellow members. Current channels include:

  • The website, which has a dedicated news area.
  • Scrapbook, our printed magazine distributed six times a year to each member site. 
  • FRAGments, a monthly email newsletter sent to members.
  • Social media - Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Access to Service Members: Many of whom provide specialist services for the scrap metal and metals recycling industry. 

Help the future of Metals Recycling: In 2018, the first sector-specific apprenticeship was launched, the Metal Recycling General Operative. It is a level 2 apprenticeship open to employees of any age and is a 12-18-month assessment covering a number of industry areas that reflect the complexities faced by those working in metals recycling. Those in your company who are under 35 can join the Young British Metals Recyclers (YBMR). It gives members a helpful resource by providing learning and development along with bespoke training that can enhance their own reputation within the company that they work, develop their customer relationships and improve their career progression.

Support women in your workplace: BMRA has partnered with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) with the aim of increasing the participation, contribution and success of women in the industry. Through the partnership, BMRA members will get free access to online information, webinars and resources as well as a 10% discount on any of the WISE training courses. Areas covered by the partnership include: how to help women back into the workplace and how to retain and develop women within your company. Into 2019, there will be more activities as part of a Women in Scrap initiative.Heard enough? Why not download an application pack, fill it in and join today?