Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
The Government introduced the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 across the metal recycling industry in England and Wales from the 1st October 2013. This incorporates the Cash Ban introduced in December 2012 and now includes motor salvage operators and itinerant collectors. ALL scrap metal dealers, whether they are based at a scrap yard, are a motor salvage operator or a mobile collector are now obliged to verify the photo identity and address of anyone selling scrap metal to them.
New ID Requirements - what can I use?
The documents that we are able to accept are:
Valid UK photo driving licence
Valid UK passport
Valid EEA passport
Valid UK biometric immigration document
Valid EU National ID card
Valid UK Firearm/Shotgun licence
If the document from the list above does not show a current address, it must be accompanied by:
Proof of address which must be less than 3 months old when the scrap is received
Bank or building society statement
Credit or debit card statement
Council tax demand letter or statement
Council rent book/Benefit book
Council/Housing Association agreement
UK Firearm/Shotgun licence
Utility bill (not a mobile phone bill)
Make sure we have a copy of your current, up to date ID. If in doubt bring it with you when you next visit.
How can I be paid?
EMR has introduced a range of payments for your convenience, these include:
- Bank transfer
- Prepaid card
- EMR cheques cashed on site
Licensing for merchants and mobile collectors from 1st October 2013
All site based and mobile scrap metal dealers must be in possession of a licence to continue to trade. The SMDA 2013 also includes motor salvage operators. There are two types of licence:
- A site licence
- A collector's licence: Mobile collectors need a separate licence for every local authority area where they collect
How to apply for a licence
All scrap metal licences are issued by local authorities, so apply directly to each local authority in which you are operating. You can find their details here Find my local authority
- +44 1925 715 400