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The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaces both the 1964 Act and Part 1 of Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 to bring forward a revised regulatory regime for the scrap metal dealing and vehicle dismantling industries.
This Act requires councils to issue licences to scrap metal dealers and maintain a register of persons trading in their area as scrap metal dealers.
The key features of the Act are:-
- Requiring all individuals and businesses to complete an enhanced application process to obtain a scrap metal dealer licence. Local authorities will have the power to turn down unsuitable applicants.
- Giving local authorities the power to revoke a licence.
- Requiring all sellers of metal to provide personal identification at the point of sale, which is then recorded by the scrap metal dealer.
- Extending the offence of buying metal with cash to itinerant metal collectors.
- New powers for the police and local authorities to enter and inspect sites.
- Creating a central public register, hosted by the Environment Agency in England and Natural Resource Wales in Wales, of all individuals and businesses licenced as scrap metal dealers.
- Widening the definition of a scrap metal dealer to include motor salvage operators.
Scrap metal dealers are also required to have planning permission to operate a site and are required to have permits or exemptions from the Environment Agency/Natural Resource Wales (NRW) to operate a scrap metal site under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Those transporting metal to a scrap metal site for profit are required to be registered as a ‘waste carrier’. Waste carriers must comply with the waste duty of care.
Scrap metal dealers can apply for two types of licence:-
• Site Licences – Allows licensee to store, buy and sell or transport scrap metal to and from sites from any local authority area.
• Collectors Licences – Allows licensee to operate buying scrap metal door to door in the issuing authorities area (Licences will be required for each Council’s area where it is intended to collect).
A person may hold more than one licence issued by different local authorities, but may not hold more than one licence issued by any one authority.