Processed scrap metal should be redefined as a secondary raw material to represent its true value and show that its not waste, according to the co-chair of all-party parliamentary environment group, the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resources Group (APSRG).
Co-chair Alan Whitehead is backing the British Metals Recycling Associations (BMRA) drive for change after he spoke to scrap metal merchants and saw yards for himself. He was able to discuss industry issues and now strongly supports the case for a definition reform under European law. This would mean the industry could avoid unnecessary regulations, which were not intended to penalise trade in materials with an established end market, like valuable metals.
Whitehead said: I have been actively pursuing reforms to waste treatment that properly classify secondary raw materials as not being waste. Recycled metal in most cases fits this description and really deserves to be recognised as such.
BMRA director general Lindsay Millington added that Whiteheads support would help raise awareness of problems that the industry faces, among ministers.
During the visit to Dunn Brothers Metal & Waste Recycling and Mason Metals, in the midlands, Whitehead viewed a range of ferrous and non ferrous operations, including shredding and separation.