SMRANZ Scrap Metal Recycling Association of New Zealand, INC

The Scrap Metal Recycling Association of New Zealand is the national association for metals recycling. Our varied membership ranges from individual scrap collectors through to large-scale processors and end-users of scrap metal. The majority of our members deal primarily or exclusively in metals.

The functions of the Association are to:

  • work with government and local bodies on policies affecting scrap metal recycling
  • promote co-operation and networking between our members to help solve common problems within the industry
  • inform and educate the public about metals recycling
  • promote the interests of the scrap metal recycling industry

All of our members are committed to raising the standards of the scrap metal recycling industry through compliance with all legal requirements in operations and of end products, including fulfilling safety and environmental responsibilities.

We're led by a volunteer Board - all have experience in the metals recycling industry


Richard Harrison, president of the Scrap Metal Recycling Association

Richard Harrison



Richard is the Trading Manager at Phoenix Metal Recyclers NZ and is based in Auckland.  He has been working in the metals recycling industry since 2007.  A previous Board member for two terms, Richard is now serving a two-year term (commencing 2018) as President.


Richard is responsible, along with the Vice-President, for media communications.


Vance Stewart, Jr of Dominion Trading

Vance Stewart, Jr

Vice President


Vance is the Office Manager at Dominion Trading Company Limited in Christchurch.  He is a former registered property valuer and has been involved in the scrap metal recycling industry since 2009. Vance is a fourth generation family member of Dominion Trading Company and enjoys assisting the industry, board and the President.


Vance is responsible, along with the President, for media communications.  Vance also holds co-responsibility for health and safety matters working with Board members Janine Abernethy and Korina Kirk.


Greg Fowles of New Age Materials

Greg Fowles

Executive Officer




Greg comes from a mechanical engineering background and is the hands-on owner of New Age Materials based in Seaview, Wellington.  He has been recycling mainframe and computer scrap since 1981 and catalytic converters since 1991.  His customer base includes most of the scrap metal dealers and auto recyclers throughout New Zealand.  He values honesty, integrity and long-term relationships in business and in life.


Greg is responsible, along with Board member Korina Kirk, for external relations.


Jon Holmes of the Scrap Metal Recycling Association

Jon Holmes


Jon is a Partner in KPMG's Wellington office. He has considerable experience in providing accounting services and advice to privately-owned businesses. His focus is on helping businesses meet their financial, strategic and governance goals. Thanks to his relationship with the Association and having several clients within the industry, Jon is passionate about the business of metals recycling.
            Korina Kirk of Metalcorp NZ Ltd                   

Korina Kirk


Korina has been working in the New Zealand metals recycling industry since 1989.  She is a Director of Metalcorp NZ Ltd, which operates two yards in the South Island.  Since 2012, she has served as a member of the Trade Committee of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).  She is a past President of the Association, serving in that role from 2011-2018.


Korina is responsible, along with Board member Greg Fowles, for external relations.  She also has co-responsibility for health and safety matters.

Janine Abernethy of G Abernethy Demolition and Recycling

Janine Abernethy


Janine has been working in the metal recycling industry since 2010, but her association with the industry spans more than 30 years.  Her background is in administration, advocacy, medical ethics, education and project management.  Janine is keen to see further development in continuous improvements in the areas of health and safety and education for the people who work in the metal recycling industry.  She is also excited about the changes and challenges that the industry currently faces.


Janine has co-responsibilities for health and safety matters (with Korina Kirk and Vance Stewart) and also for environmental matters (alongside and Kelvin Healy).

Kelvin Healy of Alert Engineering                                 

Kelvin Healy


Kelvin is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Alert Engineering Co Ltd, who are the Southern Hemisphere's leading manufacturer and supplier of recycling machinery to the scrap and waste industry.  Coming from a trade-qualified background with more than 20 years of experience in engineering-based sales and marketing, along with related board and committee posts, Kelvin aims to assist the other Board members in providing an effective association for all members.


Kelvin holds co-responsibility with Board member Janine Abernethy on environmental matters.

Did You Know?

  • Scrap metal recycling is the oldest form of recycling
  • Scrap metal is currently New Zealand's 23rd largest export earner (as at 2018 - earning $425 million annually)
  • New Zealand scrap metal is exported to countries all around the world
  • Metals can be recycled almost indefinitely without losing any of their properties
  • Recycling scrap metal has many environmental benefits and diverts material from landfills (we divert 740,000 tonnes of metals annually from NZ's landfills)
  • Almost all metal products (not just aluminium cans!) can be recycled in some way

Scrap Metal Recycling and the Environment

Scrap metal recycling has many major benefits for the environment. It helps cut greenhouse gas emissions, saves energy and protects the depletion of our natural resources. Producing steel products from recycled scrap metal requires significantly less energy than producing them from virgin ores. Most importantly however, scrap metal is a reusable resource! Unlike most other recyclables, scrap metals have an almost never-ending life cycle that allows them to be recycled over and over again.

Recycling scrap metals also helps protect our landfills. By preventing metals from ending up in landfills, a useful material that can earn our country export dollars is recovered and the amount of toxic metal components leaching into the soil is greatly reduced.

Fast Facts & Figures:

  • Aluminium can be recycled indefinitely, as reprocessing does not damage its structure. Aluminium is also the most cost-effective material to recycle
  • Recycling 1kg of aluminium saves up to 6kg of bauxite, 4kg of chemical products, and 14 kWh of electricity - enough to power a TV for three hours
  • Two-thirds of all cans on supermarkets shelves are made from steel. They have a very thin layer of tin that protects the surface of the can, which is why steel cans are often called "tins"
  • Every tonne of steel that is recycled saves 1.5 tonnes of iron ore and reduces air emissions by 86%
  • Steel scrap is essential in the process of making new steel and can be recycled indefinitely without losing its quality. Most new steel products use at least 25% recycled steel in their production