Rules and Regulations

England and Wales (Rules and Regulations)

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act (SMDA) 2013 came into force on 1 October 2013 when new licence applications to work as a dealer were first accepted by local councils. The newer Act repealed earlier Acts and created a revised regulatory regime for the scrap metal recycling and vehicle dismantling industries in England and Wales.

It is illegal for anyone to buy scrap metal using cash. Instead, dealers can pay using a prepaid card system or an electronic transfer of funds.

Scrap metal dealers must also verify the identity of all sellers. Sellers must bring either a valid photographic ID that also sets out their full residential address or a formal document such as a utility bill and a valid photographic ID. Valid forms of ID include a passport and photocard driving licence. Acceptable formal documents include bank or building society statements, utility bills or council tax documents.

If you would like to learn more about the SMDA, or read the explanatory notes or view the Guidance document on rules and regulations, click on the links below:

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