British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA)
Who are British Metals Recycling Association?
The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) represents the £7 billion UK metals recycling industry. Its 260+ members include large and small businesses in the ferrous and non-ferrous sectors including shredder operators, merchants and traders.
Metals recycling is a globally competitive and environmentally important industry. It supplies secondary raw material, which preserves natural resources, saves energy and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent in metals production.
The UK metal recycling industry is so efficient at recovering metal from end-of-life products that more is recovered than can be consumed domestically. As a result, around over 80 per cent of all ‘waste’ metal is now destined for export. This means we are competing against suppliers from the USA and Japan who are not required to characterise recycled metal as waste. Recycling of metals is also the major contributor to the UK’s achievement of targets under EU Directives such as end-of-life vehicles and packaging.
In 2017, the UK exported 9 million tonnes of recovered ferrous (iron and steel) metal and approximately 800 thousand tonnes of non-ferrous metal (such as aluminium and copper).
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are BMRA involved in?
Our Women in Scrap initiative is designed to bring together women from across the supply chain. We also want to support yards that employ women or are looking to increase the number of women they have working for them.
We will work with schools local to our members to promote the new Metals Recycling General Operative apprenticeship and ensure that girls know that they can do this apprenticeship too.
We are also keen to show women with STEM qualifications the opportunities that the metals recycling sector offers them, be it in the office, yard or the lab.
Members of the secretariat and representatives of the BMRA are or will become STEM ambassadors, as we align closer with the movement and promote the metals recycling industry further.
Why did BMRA join WISE?
“By joining WISE, we are demonstrating to the women in the industry that they are not alone. This is a highly skilled industry, requiring both engineering and scientific knowledge. WISE will help us to add value to our membership and introduce them to the benefits of STEM and improving diversity within their business.”
– Antonia Grey, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, BMRA