Graeme Carus is Director of Business Development at European Metal Recycling (EMR) and Vice President of the British Metals Recycling Association.
EMR began operations in the UK and has subsequently expanded into other parts of Europe and the USA with operational facilities exceeding 170 worldwide. The metal recycled by EMR is traded throughout the world and as a Group, each year, EMR recovers 10 million tonnes of ferrous metal and 1 million tonnes of non ferrous metal. That metal is drawn from a wide range of sources including construction and demolition, manufacturing and engineering, municipal waste streams (including consumer products such as waste electronics) and end of live vehicles. EMR works across all Extended Producer Responsibility regimes (EPR) and more recently, in keeping with the drive towards a more resource efficient world, significant investments have been made to extend the areas of activity beyond metal to recover the non-metals associated with the products EMR recycles, this includes the recycling of plastics and the recovery of energy from residual, non-recyclable streams. Each year the material EMR recovers saves the equivalent of 15 million tonnes of CO2.