Cash Ban

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (SMDA 2013).

In December 2012 it became a criminal offence to buy scrap for cash

We offer cheque payment or payments directly into the bank.

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (SMDA 2013)

The introduction of the SMDA sets a new legal framework for the whole metal recycling industry.

Car dismantlers are now covered under the SMDA 2013.(British Metals Recycling Association)

This sets out the legal framework that the scrap metal industry must work to.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 achieved Royal Assent on 28 February 2013 and its measures will start to be implemented with effect from 1 October 2013 when councils will begin

to accept applications for new licences. The new Act repeals the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and Part 1 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001, creating a revised regulatory regime for the scrap metal recycling and vehicle dismantling industries in England and Wales.  

The cashless trading measures brought into force via the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 are incorporated into the new Act, which also closes off loopholes in the earlier legislation by drawing vehicle dismantlers and former itinerant collectors (now referred to as “mobile collectors”) into the cashless trading regime. Other changes include a new requirement for scrap metal dealers to verify the full names and addresses of sellers.