The Law

Scrap laws changed dramatically in 2012 and 2013, requiring scrap metal dealers to implement new policies and procedures regarding identification and cash payments.

Operation Tornado & ID

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.

What It Means

We now require you to provide one of the following forms of ID:

  1. Photocard driver's Licence
  2. 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 payment page.

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.

What It Means

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 payment page.

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 years:

  • 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 receipt. 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.