The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has released posters and leaflets to raise awareness of the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act, which is due to come into force on 1 October.
The BMRA sent out leaflets explaining the legislation and is encouraging its members to distribute the leaflets to non-members. Members are also sticking posters on weighbridges at scrap metal sites to remind other scrap metal operators of the law.
The BMRA leaflet explains how to apply for a licence: “If you are already a registered scrap metal dealer, you can apply to your local authority for a licence from 1 October until 15 October and you will be issued automatically with a temporary licence.
“The temporary licence will be valid until 1 December while the council processes your application in full.
“Make sure that you apply well before the 15 October deadline because there is no guarantee that applications made afterthis date will be issued by 1 December.”
The leaflet also outlines the other key issues affecting scrap metal dealers.
Ian Hetherington, director general of the BMRA said: “The BMRA has issued a number of bulletins and held meetings in recent months to update our members about the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act. However, non-members, including regular suppliers, may not know what is coming.
“We have therefore produced a poster that can be displayed at weighbridges to bring the change to their attention and provided leaflets that may be given to customers. We hope the posters and leaflets will raise awareness of the new legislation with members and non-members alike so they can prepare for the changes.”
In July MRW reported that the BMRA had released full guidance to help dealers prepare for the Act.
The Local Government Association is due to release its full guidance in the next two weeks, which will help councils determine how to approve scrap metal dealer licences under the SDMA.