About KMK

Metals Recycling Specialists

About Us

KMK Metals Recycling Ltd. provides for the environmentally sound management of waste metal in all its forms and collects approximately 80% of Ireland’s waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), bringing it to two state-of-the-art facilities in Tullamore, Co. Offaly (1.29 hectares) and Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath (1.7 hectares), where it is processed by a team of highly-qualified staff using the best available technology.

WEEE and waste appliances are broken down and segregated into single stream materials, ready for recycling and refining and ultimately reuse, following the circular economy model. Metals and plastic resources are safely packed and shipped to compliant dedicated facilities across Europe for further treatment.

KMK Metals Recycling employs approximately 150 staff across its operations, managing more than 48,000 tonnes of material and serving over 2500 sites including civic amenity sites, electrical retailers and Irish businesses.

The family-run company, led by father and son team, Kurt and Max Kyck has been in business for 45 years.

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Our Story

  • Established in 1979, KMK Metals Recycling’s humble beginnings were in the garage of Kurt and Edeltraud Kyck’s house in Bettystown, Co. Meath, where they started buying and selling metal.
  • In 1985, they set up a metals recycling facility in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, where the company is still head-quartered, employing six people at first.
  • The company continued to grow, developing a strong reputation and in 2004, KMK Metals Recycling was awarded the all-Ireland fridge disposal contract, which accelerated its expansion.
  • Improved regulation of the collection, recycling and disposal of WEEE has been law at European level since 2003 (WEEE Directive) and was brought into Irish law (WEEE Regulations) in 2005. That year, Ireland’s two compliance schemes, WEEE Ireland and the European Recycling Platform (ERP) were formed and KMK Metals Recycling was awarded contracts to collect and recycle WEEE from all around the country.
  • Due to the hazardous nature of batteries, separate legislation for the management of waste batteries was transposed into Irish law in 2008. KMK Metals Recycling was by now the national sorting centre of waste consumer batteries and entered into a training and education programme with Dutch battery experts Van Peperzeel.
  • In 2012, KMK Metals Recycling was the preferred bidder in the tender process to recycle the Government’s ill-fated e-voting machines. As a result, the company made a donation of €10,000 to Irish Children’s charity, Barretstown.
  • The new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU came into force in August 2012 and became effective in February 2014. The attainment of WEEELABEX (the WEEE label of excellence) for all operators treating WEEE was mandated through the WEEE Regulations. KMK Metals Recycling applied and in 2015, became the first WEEE treatment operator in Ireland to have achieved the Standard.
  • In 2016, KMK Metals Recycling acquired a second facility in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath where it processes flat panel display (FPD) units, liquid crystal displays (LCD), large household appliances and further treating of plastic from small household appliances. In 2018, KMK Metals Recycling Kilbeggan passed its WEEELABEX audit.
  • In 2019, Kurt Kyck was elected as President of the European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA).