Contributions from: Steven Robertson, Jake Packun, Mark Schofield, Richard Tanfield-Johnson
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Mark Schofield, director of scrap metal dealer JB Schofield
Anything that involves extra paperwork and bureaucracy would favour the large companies as they have got plenty of backroom staff.
The licence fee is the same for a 300 tonne-a-day yard as it is for a 300 tonne-a-month yard so, in terms of price per tonne, it disproportionately affects the smaller yards. The larger yards can also afford cheque converters.
People bring £5 - £6 of material in, but the paperwork is just as onerous as if you bring £10,000worth in - you have to do the same due diligence – it makes no difference.
Richard Tanfield-Johnson, direcotr of WEEE recycling company IT Green
The feedback I’m getting from many small traders are that they are “pulling out” of the market as it’s completely unviable to continue trading. With the licensing system being per “district council” the cost of operating within a county would in itself be prohibitive to them, particularly when taken in context with existing overheads- even for a mobile operator.
Steven Robertson, managing director, John Brocklesby Metal Management
It’s created a whole new tier of criminalisation and there’s no money to fund the closing down of all the unlicensed yards. It is bureaucracy gone mad. They almost made it impossible to trade properly. I have never seen so much paperwork and bureaucracy for what is inevitably a very simple and basic thing – buying and selling. So from a small company, it has put on a hell of a lot more burden.
Jake Packun, co-owner of Autosave scrap yard
The effect has been almost instant. Licences in some places are absolutely extortionate. There is no information either from the police or the council. It feels like they are trying to target people. They are making it extremely hard across the board. Since police started enforcing the cash ban we have received 10 less regular customers every day. Legitimate businesses are massively affected.