National Scrap metal buyers

Recycling Lives is an industry-leading scrap metal processor.
With more than 40 years of experience in the scrap metal industry, we have worked hard to fine tune our recycling processes, resulting in a recycling rate of up to 100%. We accept scrap loads of all shapes and sizes from businesses and homeowners, processing ferrous and non-ferrous metals, scrap cars, batteries, catalytic converters, and machinery.
As an industry leader, we have invested in advanced processing equipment, ensuring the most effective separation techniques in the industry for all ferrous and non-ferrous metals. By extracting the maximum amount of metal from your scrap we are able to offer you the most competitive prices.
In addition, scrapping metal with us directly supports and sustains Recycling Lives’ charitable activities, creating real social value through job creation; offender rehabilitation; supported accommodation for marginalised individuals; and redistributing surplus food to charitable organisations across Lancashire and Cumbria.

  • Competitive prices for scrap metal according to metal grade and type
  • Same day payment when metal is scrapped before 4.45pm
  • Guaranteed compliance and a Waste Transfer Note with every transaction
  • Create real social value supporting marginalised individuals into employment
Scrap metal

Interested? To use our metal recycling services visit one of our recycling sites.
We will weigh your scrap via our bespoke weighbridge system and pay you per its grade and type. You will then be issued with a Waste Transfer Note to prove that the scrap is being processed by an authorised treatment facility.                                                                            
All new customers will be required to provide a valid UK photo card driving or provisional licence, unfortunately paper licences are not accepted. Otherwise a valid EU passport or ID card accompanied with recent bill or bank statement in the name of the passport / id card (This can be no more than 3 months old). Providing the correct documentation is presented, you will receive a payment on the same day.

who we work with
  • KIER
  • Speedy
  • British Gas
  • Wates
  • BT
  • BT
  • Sellafield Ltd
  • suez environment


When you choose Recycling Lives to scrap your metal, you are also supporting our charitable activities:

  • Our HMP Academies support offenders to improve their life and work skills ahead of release to significantly reduce reoffending risks. In prison-based workshops, men and women undertake recycling or fabrication work, earning an enhanced wage, achieving qualifications and developing transferable skills. This helps them to gain full-time work after release.
  • Our Residential Charity supports ex-offenders, the homeless and the long-term unemployed into full-time work and a stable independent lifestyle through education. Work experience and training from our training department forms a key aspect of preparing Residents for this outcome.
  • Our Food Redistribution Centre reduces food waste by redistributing surplus food from supermarkets and suppliers to charitable organisations across Lancashire and Cumbria.
Scrap metal

Recycling Lives has created a total of £28.3m Social Value between 2015 and 2019 through our charitable activities.

These figures save the taxpayer money by relieving pressure on public resources like the judicial system and the benefits system. By working with us to scrap your metal, you support continued savings to the public purse.

The Impact of our partnerships

Our work is doing more than just changing lives for individuals, families and communities - between 2015 and 2017 it has created huge savings for society by reducing costs to the taxpayer and creating social value worth millions of pounds.

In the last three years

  • 24 individuals supported into independent living
  • + 136 ex-offenders rehabilitated
    and supported into work
  • + 2,174,140 meals delivered across
    Lancashire & Cumbria
  • = £17.3m reported Social Value -
    created through savings to society

why work with us

Martin Chown Supply Chain Director Sellafield Limited We are committed to ensuring our local communities derive maximum economic benefit from the money we spend at Sellafield, by insisting companies that win work with us to invest to support local growth. Recycling Lives has these values at its core and I’m excited by their plans. The contract win also allowed for the creation of a number of jobs in Cumbria as we work to open a new site in the county, creating jobs for yard operatives, drivers and site managers. Read moreRead less
Josh Steiner Social Value & Sustainability Manager Wates Group Recycling Lives has reaped the rewards of strong commercial and social credentials to secure large-scale contracts. The high value and quality nature of the service, alongside its demonstrable social benefits has prompted the organisation’s ongoing success, allowing it to expand its range of services and open in new locations to achieve nationwide coverage Read moreRead less
Jeremy Hartley Managing Director Eric Wright Group The Eric Wright Group has always recognised the importance of supporting the local community and using our business activities to improve people’s lives. Working with Recycling Lives gives us an opportunity to continue to make a real difference and achieve more through working together. Read moreRead less

Contact us

Change the way you do business - talk to us today about managing your waste, supporting our charitable programmes or joining our team.