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Unleashing a Digital Revolution in Recycling: The Scrap Local Journey

Martin Handley, the Founder of Scrap Local, an independent network of scrap metal dealers and vehicle recyclers, shares his aspiration to become the JustEat concept within the scrap metal industry.


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Martin Handley

Scrap Local is the ultimate matchmaker, connecting scrap metal producers with trusted scrap yards. But it’s not just about making connections; Handley envisions his brainchild as the go-to global brand for all things scraps. Inspired by the successes of giants like JustEat and Uber, He envisions transforming the industry using advanced technology and his deep understanding of the field.

With a background in scrap and a passion for website-building and digital marketing, Handley’s eureka moment arrived. He envisioned a digital network where scrap facilities could showcase their commitment to safe and secure recycling. And so, Scrap Local was born. But like any transformative journey, it took time for those initial seeds to sprout and reach for the sunlight.

Leaving his job in 2016 to delve into lead generation and marketing for the scrap industry, Martin laid the foundation for his entrepreneurial venture. Building websites and experiencing success, he leapt in 2018, committing 100% of his time and effort to his business. Little did he know a global pandemic would soon test his resolve.

As lockdowns descended upon the world, Scrap Local faced unprecedented challenges. But adversity breeds resilience, and Martin and his team emerged stronger than ever. They weathered the storm, learning from mistakes and embracing growth. Martin admits that the journey was not without its doubts, “If I’d known then what I know now about running a business, I’d never have done it. But I’m glad I did!”

Today, Scrap Local stands tall, collaborating with local councils and prestigious institutions like the University of Central Lancashire, Boost Lancashire and BeTheBusiness for mentorship support and advice.

In 2022, their revolutionary approach also caught the attention of the global Web Summit – Collision in Toronto, where they proudly represented alongside green tech ‘IMPACT’ companies. Their commitment to reducing carbon emissions and achieving net-zero targets sets them apart as trailblazers in their field.

Thanks to Martin Handley’s dedication, Scrap Local is now a leading name in modern recycling and digital solutions.

Seamlessly connecting metal waste producers with local recyclers, their platform ensures transparency and efficiency throughout the recycling process. Scrap Local has blossomed from humble beginnings, boasting an in-house team, over 150 collection agents, and serving millions of satisfied customers nationwide.

By creating a cloud-based lead management system and streamlining workflows, Scrap Local has transformed its recycling operations. Job and fleet management, payments, and customer communication now thrive in a realm of transparency and automation.

Martin’s vision materialised – From a one-person show from his living room to a dedicated in-house team of forward-thinking professionals. So far, Martin and his team have relaunched the website and created a mobile app upon receiving an INNOVATE UK grant, alongside a brand new bidding system for salvage vehicles.

Such innovation has garnered awareness and recognition from many prestigious bodies, receiving award commemorations as a finalist for several awards, including bodies such as MRW, RWM and GBEA.

With Scrap Local as his vehicle for change, Martin’s plans for the future include a white label of his software and growing his network.  Scrap Local are on an investor readiness journey and are actively seeking investment to take the business to the next level.

“I wanted to build a network to help connect the producers of scrap metal waste & end of life vehicles to trusted scrap yards locally. So that scrapyards & their customers can both find recycling easy.”

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Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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