Alasdair Jackson elected to national metal recycling body

Recycling Lives- a major scrap metal recycler- has been given the opportunity to have its’ voice heard in the industry, as Operations Director Alasdair Jackson has been elected to the board of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA).

Following recent retirements of some board members of the BMRA, Alasdair put himself forward for one of the vacant positions. Happily, he was elected by the existing board members as a representative of medium sized companies in the metals recycling sector. He will serve a three year term on the board.

The BMRA is a trade association representing the £5.6b UK metal recycling industry. It aims to promote the interests of its 340 member companies, who process 95 percent of the scrap metal in the UK, and the wider sector by:

  • providing an effective voice for the metals recycling industry in the UK
  • influencing European & UK legislation
  • promoting the sector to policymakers, customers, suppliers and others
  • assisting members to understand and respond to changing market conditions, legislation and regulation

Alasdair will be responsible for attending BMRA board meetings, taking part in sub-committees on all aspects of recycling, and helping to set policy and focus for the next three years. Speaking about the appointment, Alasdair said:

“My election to the BMRA board means I will be able to help shape the future of the recycling industry and, therefore, that of Recycling Lives. It is important that we have a voice in this fast moving industry. I need to make sure the voice of the medium-sized recyclers is heard. There are lots of imminent changes due on legislation and we must make sure that we influence the law makers so that those changes are not simply pushed through without debate.”

The appointment is further proof that Recycling Lives is a major part of the UK metal recycling industry. We recycle a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, both from commercial and domestic customers, in addition to end of life vehicles. Our main metal buying service is at our central processing site, RLRP, on Longridge Road, Preston. However, our head office in Preston city centre and our network of ‘spoke’ sites are also able to buy metal. One such ‘spoke’ site is shared with Chorley Council, at their Bengal street site.

Following the ban on cash payments for scrap which came in force in 2013, Recycling Lives has established an innovative Trade Card system. The Trade Card acts much like a debit card, using chip-and-pin technology and allowing the user to withdraw cash from an ATM or pay directly from the card. Money becomes available within an hour, quicker than the alternative options of bank transfer or cheque.

So, if you have scrap metal to sell, don’t hesitate to bring it to one of our sites– our innovative payment system and competitive prices will make the process easy and profitable.