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Scrap metal dealer's licence

The Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013 defines a "scrap metal dealer" as a person who is carrying on a business as a scrap metal dealer, whether or not they are authorised by a licence.

It states that "scrap metal" includes any:

  • old, waste or discarded metal or metallic material
  • product, article or assembly which is made from or contains metal and is broken, worn out or regarded by its last holder as having reached the end of its useful life

The following is not considered to be "scrap metal":

  • gold
  • silver
  • any alloy of which 2 per cent or more by weight is attributable to gold or silver

There are two types of Scrap Metal Dealers Licence:

  • A Site Licence
  • A Collector's Licence

Apply for a Site Licence or Collector's Licence.

The basic disclosure must be obtained from Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Basic disclosures issued by Disclosure Scotland can't be accepted if the applicant or site manager(s) lives in England or Wales.

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