The Face Behind The Metal


CJ Metals recycling is one of Yorkshire’s finest scrap metal businesses. Established by Colin Sandham in July 2008, CJ Metals now operates across two locations in Keighley and Wakefield. The CJ Metal Recycling journey began with a strong family heritage within the scrap metal industry, which started in Bradford in the 1960’s. At the age of 18, David Sandham started working in the scrap metal industry and opened his first scrap yard once he had learnt the ropes.

Together, David and his brother Richard managed and expanded the scrap yard, eventually leading to a re-location. The move led to further growth and another move that eventually steered the business into being one of the best equipped, state of the art metal recycling facilities in the area.

Colin, David’s son completed his education and started working for the family business. As he became more experienced he was given the opportunity to run his own scrap yard for his father. He quickly exceeded expectations and became a major contributor to the overall success of the family business. So it was no surprise when he took the next logical step to set up his own scrap metal business, resulting in the birth of CJ Metal Recycling.

The first CJ Metals yard in Keighley quickly grew in popularity, extending to a new location next door that specialised as a spare parts and de-pollution unit. On the back of Keighley’s success, the CJ Metals business has continued to grow, with a Wakefield location opening in 2013. 

Now Colin runs CJ Metal Recycling and is keeping the business within the family by introducing his son Reagan to the world of recycling. Reagan runs the Non-Ferrous department of CJ Metals in Wakefield while his younger brother, Morgan, will join the family business when he has completed his education.

CJ Metals recycling is incredibly proud of its heritage, and the feedback received from customers old and new is amazing to hear.

“I always use CJ Metals as I know I can rely on them to give me the very best price for my scrap metal. They are quick, efficient and reliable and always give a first class service.” – Brian, Keighley based.

“CJ Metals helped me scrap my old Vauxhall Astra and were extremely helpful through all my dealings with them. They gave me a price there and then and even honoured it when I called back a few days later after shopping around.” – Julia, Wakefield based.

“We used CJ Metals to clear out and dispose of a small metal shed factory unit to make way for an extension to our main factory. They visited site, assessed the task involved and quoted for the job all in less than 48 hours and performed the job just a few days later. I can't recommend them highly enough!” – Gordon, Bradford based.

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