Scrap laws changed dramatically in 2012 and 2013, requiring scrap
metal dealers to implement new policies and procedures regarding identification and
Operation Tornado is a police initiative which requires scrap metal dealers
to see and copy the photographic ID of every person who sells them scrap metal.
We have complied with this initiative since its inception, which will be a legal
requirement by the end of 2013. Visit the
British Transport Police site for more information.
We now require you to provide one of the following forms of ID:
- Photocard driver's Licence
- Passport with proof of address, such as a bank statement or utility bill
less than three months old
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 & Cashless Payment
The new Scrap Metal
Dealers Act 2013 has made it illegal for all scrap dealers
to buy scrap for cash, including itinerant scrap collectors. As a result, we now
use a variety of different payment methods which are detailed on our
This new law follows the prior,
Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishing of Offenders Act, 2012, which in December
of that year made cash payments illegal except for the purchase of end-of-life
vehicles that were to be dismantled for spare parts.
We can no longer pay you cash for scrap metal of any description, including vehicles.
You shall instead be paid by electronic banking or a written cheque. For detailed
information about our new payment options, you can visit our
Personal Information and Data Retention
We are required by law to keep various records about our customers and
transactions. We keep the following records for a minimum of three
- A digital scan of your ID will be stored on computer, along with your name,
address and date of birth. If you are being paid by bank transfer, a record of
your account number will also be kept.
- A paper copy of your receipt is kept on-site, which shows your
name, address, vehicle registration number, the time and date, your material
payloads and possibly your bank account number and sort code.
- If you are paid by cheque, will keep a paper copy of it, along with your
This is done so as to provide proof to authorities that you were not paid by cash.
- If you are paid by bank transfer, a confirmation page will be printed and
archived which details your payment.