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Council crackdown on illicit scrap metal dealers
4:36pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
SCRAP metal dealers in Wirral are being warned they have to comply with new laws or face the risk of prosecution.
Under the changes, dealers will need to be licensed by their local authority in a bid to raise standards and prevent metal theft.
Councillor Brian Kenny, Wirral Council cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: "Officers have met with Wirral's scrap metal dealers and explained the changes in the law.
"Illegal trading in scrap metal has become a real problem in the UK in recent years, particularly during the economic downturn."
Under the act, dealers will need to keep detailed records of the metal they receive, their supplier and how they dispose of it.
They will also need to obtain a license from the local authority, which will be valid for a period of three years.
Operating without a license will be a criminal offence, with those convicted liable to pay a fine of up to £5,000.
Anyone not operating from a site but who collects from door to door must also obtain a license from the council.
Anyone collecting door to door must display the license in their vehicle. If the vehicle does not show they have a license to operate, the details should be referred to the council.
If you are taking scrap metal to a dealer or provide it to a collector you will need to show a form of photo ID and proof of your address.
Check with the dealer to make sure they will be able to accept the scrap metal from you.
Motor salvage operators will also fall under the new legislation, and will be required to obtain a license to trade from the council.
Thefts of scrap metal have seen a sharp rise in recent years, as the price of scrap metal has risen considerably.
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