Mayor to take bolt-croppers to scrap depot

A licensed scrap metal recycling facility will be opened in Darlington tomorrow by the local Mayor, wielding not scissors but a pair of metal-cutters.

The Mayor of Darlington, Councillor Bryan Thistlethwaite, is to open the new European Metal Recycling (EMR) site on Cleveland Trading Estate by cutting a chain, rather than the usual ribbon.

He will then be invited to step into a site crane, handle the first consignment of scrap into the site on Forge Way, and see both the start of the process and the end product - the recycled material.

The scrap depot, which can handle anything from individual deliveries of a few kilos to  consignments of 50 metric tonnes, is part of a strategic plan for the North East of England.

The Mayor said: "It is excellent that this facility has come to Darlington. It will help both residents and businesses recycle their waste and not only get financial reward for doing so but also help save the environment. I wish this company every success."

Global recycling specialist EMR handles around 10 million tonnes of scrap metal each year from a wide range of sources, including deliveries from the general public, local trade, industry and local authorities, and a local collection service.

EMR Darlington will buy any kind of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, e.g. iron, steel, copper, brass, lead, cable, aluminium, catalytic converters and end-of-life vehicles, said area manager, Andrew Sheppard. Prices vary for each metal following global market trends and the customer is paid by the weight of metal they have.

The new site also incorporates a special depollution rig for the safe removal of engine oil, fuels and liquid from scrap vehicles prior to their recycling

Sheppard said that initially the Darlington plant will employ around 10 workers from other EMR sites in the North East, but added that in the coming months the company plans to create new jobs there.

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