FAMILY HISTORY: Rockhampton Metal Recyclers owners Matthew and Larnie Moller have reopened their business on the same land that Matthew’s grandfather started a scrap metal yard decades ago.
FAMILY HISTORY: Rockhampton Metal Recyclers owners Matthew and Larnie Moller have reopened their business on the same land that Matthew’s grandfather started a scrap metal yard decades ago. Chris Ison Rokcrecycle

Scrap metal back in business in Rockhampton

MATTHEW Moller has always been a "scrap metal kid".

His love for scrap metal runs in his blood, with his grandfather being one of the pioneers of scrap metal recycling in Rockhampton.

Matthew's grandfather was Alf Kele Snr, who started Kele Bros - Bottles, Bags and Scrap, in the 1930s.

More than half a century later and what his grandfather started, Matthew is keeping alive with the scrap metal side of the business.

Matthew and his wife Larnie are managing Rockhampton Metal Recyclers, which is being run on the same land where Kele Bros Metals (the scrap metal side of the business) thrived.

Matthew has always been in the scrap metal industry, but the family business took a break after his father, Peter Moller, retired in 1990.

Now the business, on Lion Creek Rd, has opened in the spirit of Kele Bros Metals and Matthew and Larnie are excited the scrap metal industry is still alive and well in Rockhampton.

"We're a family and locally owned scrap metal dealer and we want to create that old-fashioned service that people used to have back in the day," Matthew said.

The land the business is on the same land Matthew grew up on as a kid and said he has the best memories of running around the yard and meeting the locals.

"It's just in my blood and it's what I know," he said.

"It was always family orientated and we are Rocky-born and bred.

"I love the hands-on work and the characters you meet.

"Genuine and old school people and values; I love everything about it."

The new family business opened with their new name, Rockhampton Metal Recyclers, in January and Matthew said they're eager to meet new customers and love catching up with the regulars.

"We're proud to continue (my father and grandfather's) legacies," he said.

Matthew said his grandfather loved his job and customers and used to say… "The people who pass through this doorway are the best people in the world, my customers."

STEEL & ALUMINIUM FACTS:

It takes 60 days for an aluminium can to be recycled and back on the supermarket shelf

Using recycled steel cans to produce new steel uses up to 75% less energy than using raw materials

17.5 million steel cans are recycled every week, enough steel to build 900 new cars

More than 2 billion aluminium cans are recycled by Aussies each year



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