Honest service from experienced staff  |  Active in the local community  |  Preferred contractor of top retail and energy companies


General Metal Recyclers’ customers know that we are the best in the business, and particularly appreciate the honest service from expert staff. The 20+ employees at General Metal Recyclers have 170 years of collective professional experience and an extensive knowledge of the scrap metal business.


A great company culture comes down from the top and the management team at General Metal Recyclers work hard to ensure that it remains one of the best metal recyclers in Wellington.

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Dealing to scrap metal in the Wellington region and throughout New Zealand

Founded in 2003, General Metal Recyclers is now one of New Zealand’s largest 100% locally owned scrap metal dealers. Customers receive solid returns from a company experienced in the removal and recycling of all types of scrap metal products.

There are two General Metal Recyclers depots, one in Levin and the other at the company head office in Lower Hutt.

General Metal Recyclers is one of the safest scrap metal recyclers in NZ with high safety and service standards and guaranteed solutions delivery.   As members of the Scrap Metal Association GMR is passionate about improving the scrap metal industry and compliance and future growth NZ wide.

Many of New Zealand’s top retail and energy companies including Electra and Transpower use General Metal Recyclers as their preferred contractor.



Managing Director

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Company founder and managing director Julian O’Connell has spent over 25 years in the scrap metal business and is totally passionate about it. There isn’t a part of the business he doesn’t understand, and he loves to turn his hand to anything to do with scrap metal. Julian runs an “open door” policy which is just one of the reasons that staff and customers have stayed with the company for many years. Julian is a keen Ford fan and owns some fantastic examples. He is an avid supporter of various charities and has fostered children since 1998.


Assistant Manager

Michelle is right in the front line of the business. On a day-to-day basis she is busy doing any number of things such as organising the road fleet, negotiating a supplier contract, developing HR systems,  arranging metal exports worldwide and taking calls from all over NZ and the rest of the world.


Assistant Manager

Tony runs the main General Metal Recyclers yard in Belmont, Lower Hutt. Tony has been in the industry for many years, and his experience is second to none. He is highly focused on delivering outstanding customer service at General Metal Recyclers Belmont. Tony has built a positive team-focused culture with his crew so that everyone works in unison and what needs to be done happens professionally and safely. In his spare time, he is a recreational horse rider.


Project Manager

Carl began his 30+ year career by working his way up from field staff, to supervisor and on to project management, when employed by Transpower’s main service provider. Milestone projects included installing and maintaining Wellington’s first wind turbine in Brooklyn, overhauling/rebuilding large transformers for Transpower, reinstating and maintaining the total energy centre at Wellington hospital, and creating a workshop specialising in rebuilding transformers and circuit breakers for the distribution market and large industry.

Keeping it Kiwi

“Keeping it Kiwi is what General Metal Recyclers is all about.”


General Metal Recyclers is a 100% owned and operated Kiwi business who take pride in providing professional scrap metal recycling at market rates, backed by solid business practices. Our goal is to be the preferred scrap metal dealer for Kiwis by providing excellent prices and service that exceeds customer expectations.

Tens of thousands of tonnes of metal have been processed and exported overseas by General Metal Recyclers over the years. Earnings from exports are returned directly to the operating regions and reinvested into the business.

Recycling scrap metal means less going into landfill, which is a positive thing for the environment and local communities. Expansion of the business over time has led to increased employment opportunities and greater utilisation of local services and infrastructure.

General Metal Recyclers is committed to playing a vital part in our local communities. From providing jobs to sponsoring community-based programs, our work to improve and sustain the environment definitely starts in our own backyard. In addition, we actively support local law enforcement, fire departments and various non-profit humanitarian groups.


If you are after honest and fair dealers for your scrap metal in Lower Hutt or anywhere throughout New Zealand, contact General Metal Recyclers now for more information about pricing and pickups.

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Domestic scrap metal customer?

General Metal Recyclers deals in all types of scrap metal recycling

Our pick up service is only available to our commercial clients. If you are a domestic customer, you are welcome to come to one of the yards to drop your scrap off

Call STEEL MAN on 027 658 9885 to arrange a pick up for your domestic appliance or metal recycling pickup

Minimum collection fee $30 (for multiple items) for greater Wellington area.