Residents could face a fine of up to £1,000 if they fail to adhere to new scrap metal laws and use a bogus collection service, Cherwell District Council has announced.
In December 2013, the Government introduced the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, which requires all scrap metal collectors and site dealers to apply for an approved photo licence from the council.
The law has been introduced to clampdown on scrap metal thefts and to ensure those who deal in scrap metal are accountable for their actions and financial transactions can be traced.
Cllr Tony Ilott, lead member for public protection, said: “Residents who leave scrap metal items unattended outside their homes run the risk of it being picked up by bogus collectors who often strip the items for valuable parts and dump the unwanted remains.
Cllr Tony Ilott – “Residents who leave scrap metal items unattended outside their homes run the risk of it being picked up by bogus collectors who often strip the items for valuable parts and dump the unwanted remains”
“Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 residents have a duty of care to ensure all waste is properly disposed of and can receive a fine of up to £1,000 if they are found to be the owners of flytipped items – regardless of who dumped them or whether they knew about it.
“By using a licensed collector, any ensuring financial exchanges can be proven and residents are then protected against the risks associated with rogue collectors.”
Since its introduction, Cherwell has granted 19 collectors licences to individuals who are permitted to go door-to-door collecting scrap metal, provided their licence remains on display in their vehicle.
Scrap metal collectors can purchase items from residents but any transactions must be made via cheques, BACS or bank transfers. Cash payments have been outlawed to ensure all transactions are traceable. The same restrictions are imposed on exchanges between collectors and site dealers.
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