About Us

Our Story

Industry leading services with a personal touch

SL Recycling is a family-run business quickly becoming the market leader in South Wales.

Founded in 2016 by our director, Stacey Lewis, SL Recycling began with our Ystrad Mynach site acting as a scrap yard. We purchased metals from manufacturers and quickly discovered a gap in the market; these customers wanted a one-stop shop, one reliable company that would handle all their waste and metal needs. Customers wanted one point of contact, clear paper trails, high standards of service, compliance, and most importantly, a fair price – but no one could offer it all.

SL Recycling now fulfils those wishes, presenting a comprehensive waste management service meeting the criteria of customers. Through investing over £10 million in equipment, machinery, infrastructure, vehicles and skips, and expansion of our team, our Ystard Mynach scrap yard has become a Waste Transfer Station and our newer site, a Material Recovery Facility at Pontypool, has enabled us to take on a large portfolio of customers from a variety of sectors across South Wales.

We process 500 tonnes of metal, 200 tonnes of wood, 100 tonnes of cardboard and 250 tonnes of commercial industrial waste per week!

From our humble beginnings we had aspirational views of future expansion and progression to broaden our offering while maintaining our values. We now proudly offer the total package of waste management through in-house processing, skip hire, recycling, consultancy and much more. Where before we used to broker out contracts, we now have control over costs, ensuring our customers get the best deal.

Our growth is testament to our dedication to recycling and making waste matter. We continually strive towards zero-waste-to-landfill, exploring Best Alternative Techniques and maximising recycling solutions. We currently recycle approximately 92% of all the materials we handle, focussing on diverting from landfill.

We are dedicated to providing a flexible, reliable and cost-effective waste management service with a personal touch. Combing expert industry knowledge with highly personal customer service, we put clients at the forefront of our services. We offer experienced account managers, specialist consultancy and flexible support to ensure our clients are always taken care of.

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Investing in waste

At SL Recycling, we believe waste matters. Therefore, we have invested significantly in our team and infrastructure to provide market leading services.

We recently invested over £5 million in our new Pontypool Materials Recovery Facility, maximising our waste recycling and processing for South Wales. From skip hire to our own expanding fleet of vehicles, SL Recycling is undertaking new and exciting endeavours all with the aim of aiding our clients and their waste management.

We are committed to diverting waste away from landfill

Our Mission

  1. Provide products, services and solutions of the highest quality and exceptional value, delivered with an excellent customer experience.
  2. Grow by continually providing useful and significant products, services and solutions to markets we already serve and expand into new areas that build on our competencies, customer and market interests.
  3. Reinvest and assess market changes, using change as a platform and opportunity to grow.
  4. Reduce our own, and customers’, impact on the environment by managing waste and raw materials in a responsible and sustainable way.
  5. Help SL Recycling employees share in the successes that they make possible.
  6. Provide people with employment opportunities based on performance and to create, with them, a safe and inclusive work environment that values diversity and recognises contributions. Help employees gain a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from their work through leading, guiding and training.


Corporate Responsibility

As a local company leading the way in the waste and recycling industry, SL Recycling have a responsibility to all our stakeholders, including our employees, customers, the public, and the communities in which we work to serve, protect and engage. We aim to be the best at what we do, acting responsibly at all times to ensure protection of the environment and support social wellbeing.

Our Objectives:

  • Be a responsible company by ensuring that we encourage open, ethical, honest and respectful communications with all our stakeholders.
  • Provide sustainable solutions and the highest standard of service to our customers.
  • Provide a safe working environment free from harm.
  • Engage and motivate our people, providing the opportunity to learn and grow supported through structured training programmes and development opportunities.
  • Support the local communities in which we operate.
  • Deliver on our commitments and comply with the law.
  • Minimise business risk.
  • Operate responsibly and ethically at all times with due respect for the environment and sustainability.
  • Develop and safeguard our reputation and brand.

Managing Corporate Responsibility

Our position in the waste and resources chain means that we are integral to the supply of sustainable solutions for our customers and, therefore, corporate responsibility is at the heart of our ethos and embedded in everything we do. We believe that by acting responsibly we will enhance our financial performance and create sustainable value for our shareholders.

Our responsibility framework encompasses our people; health, safety and wellbeing; communities; the environment; relationships with our customers, suppliers and other parties; and our commitment to business ethics and conduct. As a business, we set ourselves clear and measurable business objectives and targets annually aligned to our five strategic pillars; safety, customers, process, people, and profit.

We aim to lead the way in developing sustainable solutions for everyone we work with, to work with like-minded organisations with similar aims and objectives, and to educate and inform those that do not. We aim to ensure that our people, customers, and the communities we are part of, are made aware of the value SL Recycling places on corporate responsibility through participation and consultation. Our values are integral to the way we work.


SL Recycling’s Environmental Commitment

SL Recycling is committed to minimising environmental impact and preventing pollution in relation to our activities, products and services. This is achieved through adherence to the Waste Hierarchy and application of Best Available Techniques (BAT) for infrastructure, technology and collection services.

SL Recycling is committed to the effective operation and continual improvement of the environmental management system within the organisation. These commitments provide a framework from which departmental, functional and individual objectives are set and reviewed.  In order to achieve these objectives, we are committed to ensuring that adequate resources are made available and that all individuals are made aware of their roles and responsibilities, accountabilities and authorities.

Our experienced Account Managers are skilled in environmental legislation and compliance and offer on-going consultancy as part of regular site audits. Operating to ISO 9001 and 14001 standards, we ensure we meet Duty of Care requirements for our clients.

Improving recycling standards

Compliance is crucial to SL Recycling and the quality services we provide.

Current legislation, which was introduced in January 2015 in England and Wales, found within the Waste Framework Directive, makes it a legal requirement for paper, plastic, metals and glass to be collected separately unless it is not technically, environmentally or economically practicable (TEEP) to do so.

We view this legislation in a positive light as it underpins our drive for waste producers and collectors to work positively together to ensure quality material is collected for recycling.

Waste Hierarchy

How SL Recycling treats waste.

The waste hierarchy is the foundation for the way waste should be treated. Set up through the European Union framework, it provides a guide on SL Recycling’s approach to managing waste. Under the revised Waste Framework Directive, all businesses and public bodies have to demonstrate how they have considered the waste hierarchy when disposing of waste.

Identifying ways to reduce waste initially, the ‘prevention’ step, offers the most wide-reaching benefits in terms of resource efficiency, sustainability and cost saving. There is also great potential in re-using and recycling materials, which can provide resources to the manufacturing sector and have a reduced overall environmental impact due to less water and energy usage.

A declaration is included on waste transfer or hazardous waste consignment notes to demonstrate the waste hierarchy has been followed when choosing specific waste options. This includes showing how ‘minimization’, ‘recycling’ or ‘recovery’ was considered prior to final disposal, often aided by SL Recycling waste management and consultancy.

Get In Touch

We strive for zero-waste-to-landfill and achieve our high diversion through implementing waste minimisation, re-using and recycling methods. Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more.

01443 815 361