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Recycling Lives exports first shipment of recovered metals to Spain

Recycling Lives has made its first shipment of recovered metals to Spain, in the latest move to build supply links to manufacturing industries in Europe.


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A UK leader in waste recycling, Recycling Lives exports almost 500,000 tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals which are then used for manufacturing metal products across the globe.

The company has strong and long-standing relationships supplying metal recycled from cars and other waste streams to markets in China, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Russia.

With the business expanding and a strategic shift to increasingly focus on the circular economy, Recycling Lives is seeking to build more links within Europe.  

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Managing Director of the Cars Division & Head of Group Trading at Recycling Lives, Tazamul Sarodia, is pictured with Key Account Manager, Katie Roxburgh, at the Port of Liverpool to see loading of the first export shipment to Spain.

Managing Director of the Cars Division & Head of Group Trading Tazamul Sarodia was on hand to watch the first 4.000-tonne shipment to Spain leave the Port of Liverpool.  He explains: 

“Recycled metal is a global commodity market, and there is a healthy demand for metals we extract from around 130,000 cars each year, and thousands of tonnes of other metal products.

The recovered metal we export goes back into the furnaces and foundries to emerge as ingots, plate and bars to be used again in manufacturing – a good example of the circular economy in action.

We are constantly exploring new markets as our company grows, and it is good business sense and good for the environment to also look at customers closer to home.”

Ferrous metals include engineering steel, carbon steel, cast iron and wrought iron. Non-ferrous metals include aluminium, copper, lead, zinc and tin, as well as precious metals like gold and silver.


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Owain Griffiths

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.