The new legislation was shepherded in by a Week of Action by multiple agencies, including British Transport Police (BTP), Police Scotland and Trading Standards.
The BMRA’s chief executive, Robert Fell, said: “As the trade body for many scrap metal yards in Scotland, the British Metals Recycling Association welcomes the cash ban and the enhanced identification requirements.
“We stand ready to support our colleagues in local authorities, BTP and Police Scotland as they enforce the Act from 1 September onwards.
“However, we would stress that to be truly effective, on-going enforcement will be crucial and we therefore seek assurance that the Act will continue to be a priority once the initial funding for Operation Scandium ends next year.”
The BMRA has produced a host of materials to help members in Scotland better understand the ramifications of the legislation and to raise awareness amongst customers who may not yet know about the changes in the law.