These days, scrap metal is big business. This country’s scrap metal industry now amounts to some £5.6bn a year – and an industry of that size attracts both large companies and smaller family businesses all specialising in metal recycling.
Since scrap metal is such big business, it’s unsurprising that – these days – relatively little metal ends up in landfill.
And that’s a good thing as far as the environment is concerned. Recycling metals helps the environment in terms of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and in terms of energy conservation.
That’s all very well, of course, until you have some scrap metal to dispose of.
Before October 2013, you could give that metal to any ‘Man in a Van’ service – including the euphemistically named ‘rag and bone men’. Then things changed – reflecting the increasing regulations and legislation relating to waste removal, especially where metals are concerned. One of the key results of this was the introduction of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
This law – which applies to England and Wales and aims to reduce metal thefts, which can have health and safety implications and also cost the UK economy millions of pounds a year – states that it’s illegal for scrap metal dealers to receive cash for any metal. Moreover, anyone collecting scrap metal needs to have a licence, issued by their local Council.
So, disposing of your scrap metal is not as simple as it once was.
If you want to get rid of scrap metal, it might be a good idea to contact a professional, reputable, licensed dealer, such as Waste King.
We can guarantee that you will comply with all the current legal requirements.
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