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 of scrap metal were first approved by local councils. This newer Act repealed previous Acts and created an updated regulatory regime for the vehicle dismantling and scrap metal recycling industry in Wales and England, making it illegal for anyone to use cash to buy scrap metal.
Scrap metal dealers can pay using a prepaid card or an electronic bank transfer for payment, they must also ensure to verify the identify of any sellers they buy from. Sellers are required to produce a valid photographic ID that sets out their full home address or can use a formal document such as a utility bill and genuine photographic ID.
Valid ID includes a valid passport and driving licence, other acceptable documents include building society or bank or building statements, council tax documents or utility bills.
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: