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Our History

Metal & Waste Recycling was established over 50 years ago in London and has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions to become one of the leading metal recycling businesses in the UK.

Today, Metal & Waste has 12 operating sites across the UK and processes over 800,000 tonnes per annum of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

In recent years the company has continued to expand, opening new sites including a new facility and dock at Seaham in 2010, a new facility in Telford in 2011 and in December 2014 the company acquired a new recycling facility in Newport, Wales which has provided further geographic coverage and enhances our ability to serve customers in that region.

Strong global demand for steel and other metals over the last 10 years has offered opportunities for growth. Metal & Waste has taken advantage of this market, coupling it with market expertise, dedication to innovation and exceptional customer focus. As a result the company delivered robust growth until 2008. When markets contracted in 2009, Metal & Waste’s global connections ensured we could take full advantage of continued demand from China and India and ongoing infrastructure spend in Europe.

In the last two years Metal & Waste has proved its flexibility and resilience in difficult markets, by strengthening its long-term relationships with suppliers, broadening its customer base and investing in new technology to further improve metals quality and production yields.

1970 onwards


1970

G.A.D. Holdings Ltd (GD Metal Co.) formed.

1987

Purchase of Salts Scrap Metal, Walsall.

1989

Opening of processing site at Thornwood, Essex.

1990

Purchase of C.H. Ford (Birmingham).

1995

Purchase of Site in Deptford, South London.

1997

Purchase of site, South Shields, Tyne & Wear.

1998

Company becomes G.D. Metal Recycling Ltd.

1998

First export facility opened - wharf on the River Thames.

1999

Purchase of Enfield Metal Trading, North London.

1999

Purchase of Shepherds of Newcastle.

1999

Purchase of F.W. Rooke, North London.

2000

Purchase of 4-acre dock, Barking, London.

2001

Deptford processing facility opened.

2002

Leimbach Shear Installed at Edmonton H.Q.

2003

Leimbach Shear Installed at Deptford.

2003

Purchase of H Williams & Sons Ltd, Hitchin, Herts.

2004

Joint venture to comply with ELV Regulations.

2005

Queen’s Award for Enterprise For International Trade.

2005

Purchase of Foreman Recycling Ltd, Co. Durham.

2005

Company becomes Metal & Waste Recycling Ltd.

2005

Purchase of William Fry & Company, West London.

2006

Foreman Recycling, Wednesbury opened.

2007

Purchase of Brookes Metals, Cradley Heath.

2008

Opened dedicated site in Cambridge to support short-term customer project

2010

New bespoke facility opened within Seaham Habour.

2010

Awarded the Queens Award (International Trade).

2010

Opened new container loading facility at Edmonton

2010

Bespoke cable granulation plant installed at Edmonton.

2010

1000 Tonne Leimbach Shear installed at Cradley Heath premises.

2010

A new Can and Glass line commissioned at Foreman Recycling site in Spennymoor.

2011

A new scrap metal processing facility opened in Telford.

2011

A new waste paper, cardboard and plastics facility opened in Cox's Lane, West Midlands

2014

A new metal recycling yard acquired in Newport, providing further geographic coverage

2014

Foreman Recycling business in Spennymoor sold

2014

New 5 year £32.9m ABL banking facility opened with Bank of America Merrill Lynch

2016

Investment in £1m downstream processing equipment installed at Hitchin for improve metals recovery