In line with our ethos of environmental responsibility, Phelps Brothers aims to recycle as high a percentage of waste as possible. The metals we buy are separated and weighed on site before being dismantled, broken down, stripped, cleaned and sorted then bailed into containers ready to be transported for recycling. As cable recycling experts, Phelps Brothers has invested in modern, effective granulation equipment to extract the copper from the plastic casing to ensure optimum recycling levels.

When breaking down vehicles for recycling, we split them as follows:

All engines are sent away and melted down so that the aluminium can be used for making new engines.

Engine oil
This is sent away to be processed. It is then used as an alternative to conventional fuels for power station furnaces, heating tarmac and drying stone in quarries.

This is collected in the depollution area and sent for recycling.

Car batteries
These are crushed by a huge press, breaking them down into valuable component parts which can then be carefully sorted for re-use. The acid is treated and neutralised.

Engine coolant, brake fluid & screen-wash
These are removed on site and then sent for recycling.

Lead is melted down to make not only more car batteries, but also guttering for roofs and shields for X-ray machines in hospitals.

All plastic is thoroughly washed, dried and ground up into granules which are then used to manufacture a variety of products including recycling collection boxes, furniture, paint trays, car parts, drainpipes and, fittingly, more car battery cases.