The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has welcomed the recent House of Commons debate on metal theft and supported calls for a nationally co-ordinated approach to the issue.
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones, who secured the debate, described Government theft prevention efforts as “paltry”, and called for reforming the Scrap Metal Dealers Act as well as well as introducing a scrap metal ‘licence fee’.
BMRA director general Ian Hetherington said: “We welcome the debate on metal theft, and in particular the recognition that many of the problems lie with the unregulated and illegal trade and not with the largely regulated and compliant sites.”
He added that reforming the Scrap Metal Dealers Act would go a “long way to ensure unregulated sites are dealt with appropriately”.
According to the BMRA, around 13 million tonnes of metal are recycled in the UK every year. Around 15,000 tonnes are stolen, of which 7,500 tonnes are stolen from metals recycling sites.