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Scrap cash ban for Ireland

The Irish Government has published proposals to ban cash payments for scrap metal as part of new regulations for the trade.

Launching a public consultation on the proposals, minister for the environment Phil Hogan TD said appropriate checks at waste facilities would help resolve the issue of metal theft.

“The measures I am proposing today are designed, above all, to enhance the traceability of purchases of scrap metal at these sites”, he added.

The new regulations would:

  • Prohibit cash payments in respect of material received.
  • Prohibit the sale of metals damaged by fire.
  • Require proof of identity and address of sellers.
  • Require records to be kept of vehicles, materials sold and amount paid.
  • Require a signed statement by the person supplying the material that they are the lawful owner (or that they have the owner’s consent).

The proposals would amend the Waste Facility Permit Regulations. The consultation ends 14 December 2012.

The news comes just under two weeks before cash is banned from scrap metal trade in England and Wales. The Scottish Government has also said it intends to ban cash.  

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