Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

The Government introduced the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 across the metal recycling industry in England and Wales from the 1st October 2013. This incorporates the Cash Ban introduced in December 2012 and now includes motor salvage operators and itinerant collectors. ALL scrap metal dealers, whether they are based at a scrap yard, are a motor salvage operator or a mobile collector are now obliged to verify the photo identity and address of anyone selling scrap metal to them.

New ID Requirements - what can I use?

The documents that we are able to accept are: 

Photo ID

• Valid UK photo driving licence 

• Valid UK passport

• Valid EEA passport

• Valid UK biometric immigration document

• Valid EU National ID card

• Valid UK Firearm/Shotgun licence

If the document from the list above does not show a current address, it must be accompanied by:


Proof of address which must be less than 3 months old when the scrap is received

• Bank or building society statement 

• Credit or debit card statement

• Mortgage statement

• Council tax demand letter or statement

• Council rent book/Benefit book

• Council/Housing Association agreement

• HMRC correspondence

• TV licence

• UK Firearm/Shotgun licence

• Utility bill (not a mobile phone bill)

• Water bill

Make sure we have a copy of your current, up to date ID. If in doubt bring it with you when you next visit.


How can I be paid?

We introduced a range of payments for your convenience, these include:

• Bank transfer

• Prepaid card

• Cheque

• Visa Debit Card


Licensing for merchants and mobile collectors from 1st October 2013

All site based and mobile scrap metal dealers must be in possession of a licence to continue to trade. The SMDA 2013 also includes motor salvage operators. There are two types of licence:

- A site licence

- A collector's licence: Mobile collectors need a separate licence for every local authority area where they collect




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