Metal recyclers in the South West have threatened to withhold their waste management license fees in protest against cowboy traders overrunning the area.
As previously revealed in MRW (see story), a number of bona fide merchants in the area have complained that poor policing by the Environment Agency (EA) and low fines for those caught has meant illegal operators laughing all the way to the bank.
With waste management license fees due at the start of a new financial year, several legal traders, none of which wished to be named, have suggested withholding their fees to highlight their plight.
The EA's waste management license charge is the agency's main source of revenue in the recycling and waste management sector.
However, those metal recyclers in the West Country that abide by the law and pay their fees are getting increasingly fed up with being undercut and having their reputation tarnished by scrap dealers that get away with trading without licenses.
This rebellion has yet to reach any regional significance though, as British Metals Recycling Association director general Rick Wilcox said he was unaware of any protest.
He added: "If something like that was happening, I would have heard about it, but its news to me."