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Metals sector gets hazardous material guidance

The metals recycling industry has issued guidance in an effort to reduce the incidence of hazardous materials getting into scrap processing, in particular discarded lithium-ion batteries.

Guidance from the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) sets new acceptance criteria for bulk ferrous scrap to help ensure quality and safety throughout the supply chain.

It sets exclusion criteria for the main hazards such as closed containers, batteries, munitions and radioactive sources. The guidance is intended to help metal recyclers to meet customer demands and ensure safety.

Several leading companies have already committed to adopting the new acceptance criteria for bulk ferrous scrap grades: Chris Allsop Metal Recycling; EMR; HKS Metals; Morecambe Metals; Recycling Lives; Ripley; Robertson Metals Recycling; S Norton; Sackers; Sims Metal Management; Ward.

BMRA chief executive James Kelly said: “These criteria were developed because we identified a potential threat to the UK scrap supply chain posed by poor quality or the inclusion of hazardous items such as lithium-ion batteries and cylinders.

“It is heartening to have this guidance supported by members, and I believe it will help to position the UK as one of the best producers of furnace-ready scrap metal.”


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