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Date set for scrap cash ban

The ban on cash in the scrap metal trade will come into force on 3 December, the Home Office has confirmed.


Director general of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) Ian Hetherington said the group was making preparations for the ban which would bring massive changes to the industry.

He told MRW scrap merchants feared the ban would “not be enforced equally”, creating an uneven playing field. “Businesses could be harmed if enforcement is lax.”

There are also continuing concerns about the exemption for itinerant collectors who will be able to carry on buying waste metals for cash, undermining scrap businesses.

Ian Hetherington BMRA

Hetherington, left, said in the run up to the ban BMRA would focus on raising awareness about the changes throughout the industry and among councils, the police and businesses which sell waste metal.

“We want to be sure the whole supply chain is compliant,” he said.

The cash ban was passed by MPs in April through an amendment to the legal Aid and Sentencing Bill.

BMRA has opposed introducing a ban without reforming the scrap trade licensing regime, warning it would put members’ businesses at risk and drive legitimate trade into the hands of illegitimate dealers.

A Home Office spokesman confirmed to MRW the law will come into effect from 3 December 2012.

Readers' comments (3)

  • I dont know why it has taken so long, we have been cash free for over 6 months!

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  • The scrap dealers should also be made to photograph all vehicles and consignments - that should help to stop the scrap theives.

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  • Whats the differance to us paying cash for scrap with photo ID and proof of address and Cash Convertors doing this for Items and cheques.

    If you can pay cash if you are in a Van then there is a way round this new Bill, so its pointless.

    We have required Photo ID and proof of address for a long time now, it works well. I think you can tell which scrap not to buy and who to buy off.

    The police/council are in all the time checking our paper work, I think this is enough, I think there will always be an outlet for stolen scrap somewhere.

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