Sam Haig, Battery Recycling Business Manager at RSBruce, reveals details of our new Battery Recycling service.

“For several months now, we have been busy investing in state-of-the art equipment, a dedicated area in the factory and the right personnel so we can offer a full lithium ion battery recycling service.

The Government’s drive towards decarbonising vehicles means that petrol and diesel cars and vans will be phased out by 2030. Over the past few years there has been a steady increase in the number of electric vehicles on our roads, supported by Government incentives, particularly for electric vans.

Our new service will involve stripping down the lithium ion batteries and putting them through a rigorous process which extracts metals and precious metals, making them available for selling into other processes, or for recycling. We are already servicing the market very successfully by recycling lithium ion batteries from laptops and mobile phones.

At the moment, many UK companies are exporting their lithium ion batteries to Europe and other parts of the world for recycling and material recovery, and this results in high transportation costs and a heavy burden on the carbon footprint. We are currently the only plant capable of offering effective lithium ion battery recycling in the UK and it is a potentially huge market.

There are major benefits for UK customers to have their batteries recycled here at our plant in Sheffield. Not only does it mean reduced costs and a lower carbon footprint, it also keeps valuable materials and precious metals here in the UK, which can be re-purposed in other processes. To give customers complete peace of mind, we also offer regular customer audits, so clients can be assured their products are being recycled responsibly.”

Why not find out more about how we could recycle and recover precious metals from your lithium ion batteries? Call 0114 344 8050 or email

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Here at RSBruce, we take our impact on the environment very seriously, which is why throughout our facility we work towards a pledge to ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’.

This is especially important to us when managing our waste materials, which are reused and recycled wherever possible and when they can’t be reused are disposed of responsibly to protect the environment.

In addition to this, we also look at other ways to increase our level of recycling across the business and recently we got the chance to practice what we preach.

During a re-organisation of our storage facility a few months ago we came across an old piece of machinery, a Holman Wilfley gravity separation table, which is used for dividing heavy and light materials.

The table has been around since the early days of RSBruce and back when it was installed was used for separating precious metals from contaminants, such as ceramics or plastics. Following a facility upgrade a few decades later however it was put into storage, where it has remained ever since.

When we came across the equipment, we had to decide what to do; we could sell it on for parts, scrap it, or simply leave it in storage for a while longer, but none of these would be of benefit to the environment or to our business. We knew the better option would be to put the machine back into working order. Although the separating table hadn’t been put to work for quite some time, it was still in good working order and just needed a little care and attention to get it back to its original condition.

With this in mind, we decided to invest some of our time and resources into refurbishing the equipment. Knowing we would need a few replacement parts and some expert advice during the refurb we contacted Holman Wilfley for support.

The company were more than happy to help and working closely with Holman Wilfley’s Business Development Manager, David Goldburn, our Director Richard Thevenon along with members of our engineering team, got to work on bringing the separation table back into full working order.

After replacing numerous nuts and bolts, some cleaning and oiling here and there, plus a couple of new parts and lots of elbow grease and test runs, the machine was up and running in no time and now it’s taking pride of place amongst our many other pieces of state-of-the-art equipment.

Refurbishing the table was a particularly nostalgic task for Richard as he used the machinery to complete his first ever project when he joined RSBruce back in the 90’s.

He comments: “When I was told the Holman Wilfley table was being taken out of retirement, it brought back a whole host of memories and made me think about how far we have come as a business. RSBruce has changed so much since I joined over thirty years ago and I’m exceptionally proud to have been a part of its evolution, but this project just goes to show that all it takes is a little time and effort to bring an old piece of equipment back to life!”

“The separation table is just as relevant and useful today as it always has been. Refurbishing the machinery has given us both a great opportunity to teach the younger generation the more traditional ways of working and helped us to honour our pledge to reduce our impact on the environment and reuse where we can.”

Moving forward the Holman Wilfley separation table will be put to good use by our team as just one of the many methods we use for carrying out the separation and recovery of various precious metals, whether they be mechanical, chemical or thermal.

So, if you need support with your Precious Metal Recovery or would like help from our Lithium Battery Recycling, Toll Processing or Plant Cleaning divisions, get in touch. Call us on 0114 244 8050 or click here to complete our online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible:

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We’re one of Yorkshire and the UK’s longest established precious metal recovery businesses, but not a lot of people know our history. Here, in our latest blog post, we take a look at where it all began and how our company has worked to get to where we are today.

Founded in Sheffield in 1974 by our current chairman, Mr Richard Stuart Bruce, RSBruce has always been associated with steel and manufacturing as a result of our region’s rich industrial heritage. For hundreds of years Sheffield has been widely acknowledged for its key role in the UK’s steel industry and is especially recognised for being a crucial source of steel output during the 19th century.

Today, like many cities that were once dependent on traditional industrial techniques, Sheffield has transformed itself. The area is at the forefront of Industry 4.0; embracing a heritage wrought from steel while surging ahead in the field of Advanced Manufacturing, Science and Technology - and RSBruce has continued moving forward with it.

The recovery of precious metals has always been what we’re best known for, and with our typical recovery rate at upwards of 90%, ours is an approach that we believe drives the industry to expect excellence and honesty as standard.

Since our beginnings as a humble scrap metal recovery company specialising in industries such as automotive and pharmaceutical, we have expanded our capabilities and innovated to achieve higher yields and recoveries from the most challenging sectors and applications.

This has been achieved through investment in the skills of our team, both appointing new talent and promoting from within, alongside major upgrades to our facility, including the design of innovative high performance systems and investing in state-of-the-art equipment.

Taking this approach has enabled us to streamline our processes and introduce new services as and when required to meet the ever changing needs of our customers, varying markets, and the metal and chemical processing industries. This includes the addition of plant cleaning, toll processing, research and development and most recently, battery recycling services.

As a result, we have become the industry acknowledge experts we are today. We pride ourselves on playing a key role in the innovation of the latest techniques used for the removal, recovery and recycling of precious metals, primarily the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), Gold and Silver and to date have recovered over 1.5 billion pounds worth of value for our customers.

As a company that always strives to be honest, transparent and reliable, we are proud of how far we have come since 1974. Plus, with our exciting plans for the future, which include extending our services even further, we’re expect to be around for many more years to come.

So, if you need support with your Precious Metal Recovery, Lithium Battery Recycling, Toll Processing or Plant Cleaning requirements, our expert team is on hand. Call us on 0114 244 8050 or click here to complete our online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible:

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