About us

The MÉH (our name comes from the abbreviation of By-product and Scrap Recycling) company was established in 1950 with the goal of creating value from the valueless. After the revolution in 1990, only the MÉH in Northern Transdanubia and Northern Hungary managed to hold up. As a result of a merger, MÉH Zrt. covers the activities of these two companies, under 100% in domestic ownership. As the oldest player in the domestic recycling market, we are present in every material flow, may it be recyclable, non-recyclable or hazardous waste, residential collection or services provided to industrial companies. Annually we collect and process over 200.000 tons of scrap in accordance with the environmental standards. As one of the largest operators in the domestic environment industry, we are members in several professional organizations, aiming to serve the domestic environment protection.

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  • Wood and paper

    Wood and paper
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  • Plastic

    Plastic
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  • Steel

    Steel
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  • Electronics and Non-Ferrous Electronics

    Electronics and Non-Ferrous Electronics
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  • Hazardous and inert waste

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WOOD

In many cases wood packaging waste, such as pallets and crates, come together with paper packaging. Our company collects waste of this kind. In case of other types of wood waste (e.g. furniture), we collect it for a fee. The wood waste collected by us is typically used in the production of fibreboard production.

PAPER

Besides steel, paper is the most important secondary raw material for MÉH; its industrial collection was established by MÉH in Hungary (who does not remember the paper collections in the schools?). As one of the most prominent paper collectors, we process and sell more than 50.000 tons of paper to paper mills annually. The bigger chunk of our collection is packaging, which is processed with industrial balers after sorting. The most typical paper categories we purchase are:

  • Brown cardboard
  • Grey cardboard
  • Newspapers and leaflets
  • Different printer paper waste
  • Various - residential paper
  • Natron paper

Thanks to selective waste paper collection, more and more households give their paper waste to recycling. Apart from selective waste collection islands, our residential clients can also bring the collected paper waste to our yards, where we pay for these materials just like we pay for steel scrap and any other recyclable material. It is important for the waste not to contain metal, plastic and organic material impurity because these can make the recycling more difficult or even impossible.

Whether packaging to be collected from production companies, residential paper, leaflets or paper collection in schools is in question, MÉH is your ideal partner. There are many other categories apart from these. If you have special paper waste that was not listed here, don’t hesitate to contact us. Enquiry
In the modern industrial era, more and more materials are substituted with some type of plastic, may it be parts or packaging materials. Our company buys several types of plastic material from production and service companies or even from our residential clients.

The most typical categories are:

  • Foil (it can be made of several materials, but the most common one is polyethylene, it can be colored and 'white')
  • Polystyrene based packaging materials (PS trays, Styrofoam etc.)
  • Plastic wrapping e.g. pallets, IBC spill tray, big bag sack (usually polypropylene or LDPE)
  • Product packaging (except for composite packaging, as its recycling is not always economical or feasible)
  • Parts, technical plastic (in many instances containing metal, or flame-retardant additives; both making the recycling process more difficult)
  • PVC based plastic (e.g. cable shells, pipes)

In the case of plastics, it is especially important that the material is free of contaminants, as some of them make the recycling impossible. AS regards the 'technical plastic' containing metal, our group has the necessary processing capacities to handle this fraction.

Due to the small density of plastic, it is especially sensitive to logistic costs (the best example is Styrofoam) therefore our pricing can differ greatly at some of our yards Enquiry
Steel scrap recycling has a 150 year long history, thus steel is one of first secondary raw materials to be used in production. Today steelworks use steel scrap as raw material besides alternative iron ore in smaller (35%) or bigger (100%) degree. The use of steel scrap is environmentally friendly, as steel production from scrap involves far less coal utilization, which means less CO2 emission and air pollution, and less energy usage.

One of our company's many profiles is the collection of steel and iron scrap, we focus on:
  • Industrial steel scrap/clips
  • Amortization steel scrap (below 3mm and between 3-6 thickness)
  • Heavy melting/structural steel (above 6 or 8 mm thickness)
  • Castings (gray, white and engine castings)
  • Shavings (fiber and cast-iron shavings)
  • High and low-alloy steel scrap (from low-manganese alloys to tool material) ¥ Stainless steel scrap (acid-resistant material containing nickel and chrome, typically non-magnetic)

In order to identify various alloys, we have an X-ray diffraction and spectrometry equipment. It helps with the identification of special alloys. Our group is in a commercial relationship with every steel-mill in the region, as a tier-1 supplier our trading conditions are favorable, hence we also provide favorable prices and stability to our clients. In case of larger lots or continuous amount of scrap produced, get in touch with our closest yard manger or our commercial director. Enquiry
ELECTRONICS

More and more household objects contain electronic units, whether we take a look at the spread of 'smart' products or the development in the car industry, electronic parts are increasingly present. Our company accepts electronic scrap from residents and as well as from production companies. The most common electronic scrap that we purchase:

  • Household appliances (from hairdryers to hand tools)
  • Large household appliances (washing machines, refridgerators)
  • IT devices (phones, laptops, computer parts)
  • Printed circuit board sheet (I. II. and III. class)
  • Control devices
  • Car industry parts
  • Measuring instrument
  • Entertainment electronics
  • Electrical equipment

We cannot accept certain types of electronic scrap from our residential clients (a section of car industry parts), additionally there are certain electronic scrap types (that fall into the category of ‘special FAJ code’ e.g. switch cabinets) that we can only collect if they’re declared first to the NAV (National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary).TVs, monitors, fluorescent tubes can only be collected for a service fee, as it is categorized as hazardous waste.

Our group is a shareholder in the electronic recovery plants (E-Elektra and E-hull) operating in the domestic market and thus as a supplier we can provide special conditions to our corporate clients.

NON-FERROUS

There are many household appliances containing non-ferrous metals in our everyday life (wires, cables, taps, radiators, batteries etc.), these can also be found at production companies working with non-ferrous materials. We collect these materials at our yards from both residential and corporate clients. As there are more valuable metals in question (compared to steel scrap) we place a strong emphasis on the measurement.

We collect the following metals at our yards:
  • Aluminum
  • Copper (coated or uncoated)
  • Bronze (copper and tin alloy)
  • Brass (binary /ternary)
  • Zinc (also known as spelter)
  • Lead

In case of aluminum the price varies (depending on its purity and processability) for different types of aluminum waste, such as alloy/non-alloy sheets, casting, profile, chip. In case of aluminum, iron is a frequent 'contaminant' (e.g. steel screws) which makes recycling more difficult thus significantly lowering the price of the material.

Similarly to aluminum, in case of copper-alloys, the price is determined based on copper content and processability. Certain coatings (e.g. lacquer) lower, while other coating (e.g. tin) increase the price of copper scrap. Certain cable scrap we can only accept with the appropriate documentation (material that requires a special Metal trading permit and needs to be declared to NAV). For more information contact one of our yards. The pricing (similarly to electric motors) depends on the copper content.

Lead waste is most often encountered in the form of batteries. We can only accept alkaline batteries in limited quantities, our collection mostly consists of lead-acid batteries. Waste that contains lead is already hazardous waste, lead-acid/alkaline batteries are hazardous in every situation, only yards that have the necessary permit can accept them (all of our yards have this permit).

Our company is in contact with several (domestic and foreign) non-ferrous metal recovery plants. The prices at which we purchase scrap is adapted to the recovery plant prices, the daily stock prices and foreign exchange rates, therefore if you plan on bringing larger amounts, ask for a quote from our commercial department. Enquiry
HAZARDOUS AND INERT WASTE

The classification of waste produced, is the task and responsibility of the waste producer. Waste that contains heavy metals, acids, alkalis, oils, greenhouse gases and needs to be classified hazardous and should be treated appropriately. All of our yards have adequate hazardous waste containers that comply with the regulations. Additionally, these yards have the trading and/or collection permits (in some instances even for processing) for the vast majority of hazardous waste occurring in the domestic industry.

HAZARDOUS WASTE

For the collection and transport of hazardous waste we possess ADR certified containers and vehicles that comply with the ADR requirements.

We cannot perform 'wholesale' activities when it comes to hazardous waste, we can only accept it from producers (except for transformers, batteries). The hazardous waste needs to be checked before its collection, the cost of this is covered by us if the producer continuously provides a larger amount.

Our company collects tens of thousands of hazardous waste annually, we have a direct connection with all the incineration plants and hazardous waste disposal landfills in the country. Thus, we can help our partners to manage their hazardous waste efficiently in terms of both costs and logistics.

INERT WASTE

A typical characteristic of inert waste is, that there is no physical/chemical reaction with the environment, therefore from an environmental protection viewpoint it is easy to handle; materials that have no negative effect on human health belong to this category. Inert waste usually results from demolitions, developments, land work, we come across these fractions most frequently:

  • Concrete debris
  • Bricks/brick debris
  • Soi
  • Sand

It is important for these types of inert waste not to contain any pollutants (e.g. oil) because in that case we are obligated to dispose of it as hazardous waste. In the case of inert waste, we can handle smaller quantities coming from continuous operations or single large lots. In the north-east and northern Transdanubia regions we are in contract with numerous adequate landfills. Please, ask for a quote from our commercial department or under the Prices menu option if you request disposal or transport. Enquiry

WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • Coordination of in-house selective waste/scrap collection, (e.g. operating in-house scrap yards and assuring the alinement to regulations)
  • Issuing and collecting the delivery notes that are necessary for transportation, registering data, providing reports to the client.
  • Providing the necessary guidelines and sample tables for the administration of hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
  • Assistance in the compilation of annual waste balance reports, and/or any mandatory reports to the relevant authorities.
  • Assistance in case of visits and inspections conducted by the authorities.
  • Assistance in the creation of internal regulations.

AIR QUALITY PROTECTION

  • Compilation of the annual report about the level of air pollution.
  • Calculation of the air pollution fee based on emission data.
  • Assistance in renewing environmental permits related to air-quality protection.
  • Assistance in air quality protection measurements (from requesting to evaluation of offers, selecting and supervising subcontractor).

WATER PROTECTION

  • Assistance in applications for legal water permits related to water supply works.
  • Supervising the cleaning and maintenance of water supply works Compilation of FAVI license request.

ADR DANGEROUS GOOD SAFETY ADVISE

  • Supervising the compliance with regulations regarding the transport of dangerous goods, counseling
  • Counseling the company about the transport of dangerous goods. (Transport documents, markings) • Creating a yearly report for the company's management.
  • Supervising the compliance with regulations regarding the identification of dangerous goods to be transported.
  • Supervising the methods used to control the equipment that is used for the transport, loading and unloading of the dangerous goods.
  • Adequate training of the company's employees, including tracking changes in regulations, and reports on training, storage and management of documents.
  • Using the appropriate procedures to prevent threats in case of extraordinary events that jeopardize the safety of the transport or loading and unloading.
  • Reveal the cause of major accidents, extraordinary events or serious infringements encountered during transport or loading and unloading, and if necessary, preparing a report.
  • Controlling the application of procedures aimed at preventing the repetition of major accidents, extraordinary events or serious infringements;
  • Taking into account legal requirements and special requirements associated with the transport of dangerous goods during the selection and use of subcontractors or third parties; counseling and controlling whether employees involved in the transport, loading and unloading of dangerous goods receive detailed technical instructions and education.
  • Checking the existence of measures that serve to raise awareness about the dangers when transporting, loading and unloading of dangerous goods.
  • Creation of control procedures, which are intended to ensure that the vehicles contain the compulsory documents and safety equipment thus complying with the regulations;
  • Creation of control procedures that ensure the regulations regarding the transport, loading and unloading of dangerous goods are being enforced.
  • Assurance of the existence of a public safety plan defined in paragraph 1.10.3.2.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT

  • Due diligence of the operating system (Overview of Control, inspection of processes)
  • Identification of standard points
  • Determining requirements, , compiling the necessary basic documentation
  • Compiling a guidebook creating a system
  • Annual review
  • Development of educational materials
  • Monitoring documentation, structural control of the system
  • Quarterly internal audits, preparing an action plan to eliminate errors experienced
  • Participation in the assembly of objectives and programs and to propose measures to be taken for their implementation, tracking them

CT BASED MATERIAL TESTING

  • Scrap testing
  • Testing of materials in various phases of production Distribution determination based on density
  • Discrete modeling
  • Defining the connection point of tools
  • Material analysis
  • Qualitative and quantitative determination of liquid components Real-time 3D modeling of degradation, damage

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