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Scrap Metal Recycling Guidelines

Because of its very nature, scrap metal is an ideal material for recycling as it holds its particular individual properties (strength, malleability, forming etc) permanently. Best practice guidelines dictate that all scrap metals are to be recycled.

The guidance issued by the Environmental Agency stipulates that all scrap metal is to be carefully examined upon collection to ascertain whether or not it is in any way contaminated.

Contamination can be by way of association with radioactivity, or by way of plastics, rubber, or oil. Only recycling plants that hold a permit, or that are specifically authorized by the environmental regulator, are allowed to recycle so called contaminated scrap metal.

Metal that is contaminated by grease or oil is only permitted to be stored on concrete pads. These concrete pads must have drainage systems inbuilt. Drainage systems can by fitted with an oil interceptor (which must be regularly maintained and serviced), or alternatively may be filtered via a water treatment system. The subsequent disposal of any waste water from the oil interceptor must be done under notification to the water authority, and/or the environmental regulator.

Good practice suggests that when receiving scrap metal of any sort, it should be checked for radioactive contamination by a fixed or hand held monitor. It is further suggested that the subject matter of possible radioactive contamination should be addressed in all early negotiations between the collecting waste disposal company and the establishment from whence the scrap is to be collected. However, this must not preclude the examination, using hand held monitors, on actual collection. Questions should be asked regarding old factory machines as they may have been the subject to some form of radioactive power source.
Any metal objects that appear seemingly heavy for their size are to be checked as they may prove to be made of, or include: lead or depleted uranium (a radioactive shielding material).

Any scrap metals found to be displaying the radiation warning symbol must be reported to the environmental agency immediately.
Special scrap management systems have been developed to facilitate the tracking of all contaminated metals.

Only recycling plants that hold current waste management licenses are permitted to be used.

By continuing to uphold and observe these guidelines, the target is to obtain, and maintain a 100% recycling rate of all scrap metals in Scotland and the UK

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Bedfordshire Bedford, Luton, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Biggleswade, Sandy, Berkshire Reading, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Windsor, Wokingham, Abingdon, Buckinghamshire Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Slough, Buckingham, High Wycombe Cambridgeshire Cambridge, Wisbech, Ely, March, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Linton, Cheshire Chester, Stockport, Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead, Wallasey, Runcorn, Macclesfield, Crewe, Cornwall Bodmin, Truro, Camborne, Redruth, St. Austell, Falmouth, Penzance, Newquay, Cumberland Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Penrith, Keswick, Brampton, Derbyshire Derby, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Swadlincote, Buxton, Matlock, Ashbourne, Devon Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Paignton, Barnstaple, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Tavistock, Dorset Dorchester, Poole, Weymouth, Sherborne, Wimborne Minster, Shaftesbury, Durham Durham, Sunderland, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Hartlepool, Gateshead, Washington, Essex Chelmsford, Basildon, Romford, Southend, Colchester, Harlow, Brentwood, West Ham, Gloucestershire Gloucester, Bristol, Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, Tewkesbury, Hampshire Winchester, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Basingstoke, Newport, Herefordshire Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Ledbury, Bromyard, Kington, Hertfordshire Hertford, Watford, St. Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Hatfield, Huntingdonshire Huntingdon, St. Ives, St. Neots, Ramsey, Yaxley, Kent Maidstone, Canterbury, Bromley, Rochester, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Greenwich, Lancashire Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Bolton, Warrington, Barrow-in-Furness, Leicestershire Leicester, Loughborough, Hinckley, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth, Lincolnshire Lincoln, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Boston, Grantham, Stamford, Skegness, Louth, Middlesex City of London, Harrow, Enfield, Staines, Ealing, Potters Bar, Westminster , Norfolk Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, Dereham, Cromer, Hunstanton, Northamptonshire Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Northumberland Alnwick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Morpeth, Hexham, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Nottinghamshire Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop, Newark, Retford, Southwell, Oxfordshire Oxford, Banbury, Witney, Bicester, Henley-on-Thames, Carterton, Thame, Rutland Oakham, Uppingham. Cottesmore, Shropshire Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Ludlow, Somerset Taunton, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil, Bridgwater, Wells, Glastonbury, Staffordshire Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Cannock, Lichfield, Suffolk Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Haverhill, Bungay, Surrey Guildford, Croydon, Woking, Sutton, Kingston-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Brixton Sussex Chichester, Brighton, Worthing, Crawley, Hastings, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Horsham, Warwickshire Warwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon, Westmorland Appleby, Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Kirkby Lonsdale, Wiltshire Trowbridge, Salisbury, Swindon, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Warminster, Worcestershire Worcester, Dudley, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Malvern, Evesham, Yorkshire, North Riding Northallerton, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Whitby, East Riding Beverley, Hull, Bridlington, Driffield, Hornsea, Filey, West Riding Wakefield, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Halifax, Harrogate, York within the Walls

WALES including Monmouthshire

Anglesey/Sir Fon Beaumaris, Holyhead, Llangefni, Amlwch, Menai Bridge, Brecknockshire/Sir Frycheiniog Brecon, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth, Llanwrtwd Wells, Caernarfonshire/Sir Gaernarfon Caernarfon, Bangor, Llandudno, Conwy, Pwllheli, Porthmadog Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin Carmarthen, Llanelli, Ammanford, Llandovery, Kidwelly, St. Clears, Cardiganshire/Ceredigion Cardigan, Aberystwyth, Lampeter, New Quay, Tregaron, Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych Denbigh, Wrexham, Ruthin, Abergele, Llangollen, Flintshire/Sir Fflint Mold, Flint, Rhyl, Prestatyn, Connah's Quay, Holywell, Buckley, St. Asaph, Glamorgan/Morgannwg Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Barry, Caerphilly, Bridgend, Neath, Pontypridd, Merioneth/Meirionnydd Dolgellau, Bala, Tywyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Barmouth, Harlech, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy Monmouth, Newport, Blackwood, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Chepstow, Tredegar, Montgomeryshire/Sir Drefaldwyn Montgomery, Newtown, Welshpool, Machynlleth, Llanidloes, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro Pembroke, Milford Haven, Haverfordwest, Fishguard, Tenby, St. David's, Radnorshire/Sir Faesyfed Presteigne, Llandrindod Wells, Knighton, Rhayader, New Radnor

SCOTLAND

Aberdeenshire Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Huntley, Ellon, Turriff, Angus/Forfarshire Forfar, Dundee, Arbroath, Brechin, Montrose, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir, Argyllshire Inveraray, Oban, Dunoon, Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Tobermory, Ayrshire Ayr, Kilmarnock, Irvine, Saltcoats, Kilwinning, Largs, Troon, Cumnock, Banffshire Banff, Buckie, Keith, Macduff, Portsoy, Dufftown, Berwickshire Greenlaw, Duns, Eyemouth, Lauder, Coldstream, Buteshire Rothesay, Millport, Brodick, Lochranza, Cromartyshire Cromarty, Ullapool, Caithness Wick, Thurso, Halkirk, Castletown, Clackmannanshire Clackmannan, Alloa, Tillicoultry, Tullibody, Dumfriesshire Dumfries, Annan, Lockerbie, Moffat, Sanquhar, Langholm, Gretna, Dunbartonshire/Dumbartonshire Dumbarton, Clydebank, Cumbernauld, Helensburgh, Alexandria, Kirkintilloch, East Lothian/Haddingtonshire Haddington, North Berwick, Dunbar, Tranent, East Linton, Fife Cupar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, St. Andrews, Cowdenbeath, Burntisland, Inverness-shire Inverness, Fort William, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Portree, Kincardineshire Stonehaven, Banchory, Laurencekirk, Inverbervie, Kinross-shire Kinross, Milnathort, Kirkcudbrightshire Kircudbright, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, New Galloway, Lanarkshire Lanark, Glasgow, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Motherwell, Coatbridge, Carluke, Midlothian/Edinburghshire Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Penicuik, Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg, Morayshire Elgin, Forres, Rothes, Lossiemouth, Fochabers, Nairnshire Nairn, Auldearn, Cawdor, Ferness, Orkney Kirkwall, Sromness, Balfour, Peeblesshire Peebles, Innerleithen, West Linton, Perthshire Perth, Crieff, Pitlochry, Callander, Blairgowrie, Rattray, Coupar Angus, Kincardine, Renfrewshire Renfrew, Paisley, Greenock, Johnstone, Port Glasgow, Barrhead, Kilmalcolm, Ross-shire Dingwall, Stornaway, Tain, Alness, Invergorden, Roxburghshire Jedburgh, Hawick, Kelso, Melrose, Roxburgh, Selkirkshire Selkirk, Clovenfords, Galashiels, Shetland Lerwick, Scalloway, Baltasound, Stirlingshire Stirling, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Kilsyth, Bridge of Allan, Denny, Alva, Sutherland Dornoch, Helmsdale, Brora, Golspie, Lairg, Durness, Tongue, West Lothian/Linlithgowshire Linlithgow, Livingston, Bo'ness, Broxburn, Whitburn, Armadale, Bathgate, Wigtownshire Wigtown, Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Whithorn


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