More regulation is not the answer to metal thefts, according to the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA). Increasing metal thefts have grabbed headlines and brought some calls for tighter controls on scrap metal to prevent the growing trade. But BMRA director general Lindsay Millington said: Thefts are a serious problem for us as an industry.
Metal recycling is already one of the UKs most heavily regulated sectors and further legislation would only serve to encourage more illegal and unlicensed trading.
We are working closely with all relevant authorities on this issue including the Environment Agency, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the British Transport Police and local police forces to quantify the issue and find solutions that are proportionate to the size of the problem.