Sydenham Scrap Metals


Sydenham Scrap Metals makes the main feature on Channel 4 tonight in the 9pm slot in how people make money in a recession. Situated in Kangley Bridge Road they are well-established family run business that has been trading for over 50 years specialising in non-ferrous metals. It should be on 4oD shortly for those that miss it.

Sydenham Scrap Metals Ltd website:
Address: Unit 2, Burnham Way, London SE26 5AG ‎
Telephone: 020 8778 9775

Here is what Channel 4 said about it:


The UK is still feeling the effects of recession. Jobs are being axed, money is tight and most of us are broke.

But look a little closer and you’ll see that the streets of Britain are paved with gold. You just need to know where to look.

With unprecedented access to a scrap yard in Sydenham, South London, this documentary lifts the lid on the secret world of the scrap metal industry.

It’s a world that attracts some of the country’s most surprising characters, from ex-criminals to former music moguls and a mother of three whose nights spent trawling the streets of London are helping heal her broken heart.

In the world of scrap metal anyone can earn a crust if they are willing to put the hours in. They survive by ducking, diving and grafting, relentlessly gathering London’s discarded metal.

And in the hardest times in living memory, the scrappers are cleaning up. Due to the soaring cost of metal, scrap is a £10 billion a year industry. Over a million tonnes of electrical waste are thrown away each year. More than half of it still works.

Old sinks, pots, pans, wrecked TVs, unwanted cars, washing machines, window frames, chairs and lamps are thrown away without a moment’s thought. And there to collect it, just around the corner, are the scrappers.

Full of incidents, insight, humour and larger-than-life personalities, the film reveals an extraordinary group of people who, through hard graft and a keen eye for an opportunity, are making money from nothing on the streets of South London.

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