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Metal Recyclers: where’s your ID!

Operation Tornado – the multi-agency Metal Theft initiative – is taking another big step to combat this growing offence.  

From 1 March 2013 anyone involved in the scrap metal business is required to register with their Local Authority as a scrap metal dealer. This includes scrap yard operators as well as itinerant collectors.

Failure to register is an offence. However, this has not yet been enforced UNTIL NOW – and offences will result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.

Registering with the Local Authority is simple. And by doing so, Itinerant Scrap Metal Collectors will need to take along the following identification in person.

Two identical recent passport style photographs of yourself together with a picture card driving license or a current passport and one of the following:


A recent utility bill                  Bank or Building society statement

Mortgage statement             Benefit statement (child allowance, pension)

Council tax statement           Insurance certificate              Birth certificate

To help combat this issue Police enforcement action will commence on 1 March 2013. From that date any Itinerant Scrap Metal collector stopped in Dyfed-Powys will be required to produce their council registration.

In addition, all items found in the vehicle must be accounted and recorded in the RISD Record Book (Registered Itinerant Scrap Dealers Record Book). Failure to do so will result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Insp Tony Ward says: “This enforcement is another effective tool to ensure Metal Theft is tackled head-on. It is part of our approach to address this issue on a variety of fronts; such as disrupting offenders, improving convictions and provide an informative and educative element.”

Philip Davies, the council’s Head of Public Protection, added: “Collecting scrap metal could turn into a very expensive business for those dealers and itinerant collectors who haven’t registered. Our enforcement will certainly find those out.  By working together, this initiative will reduce the incidence of metal thefts in the county.”   

For further information and advice including application forms visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk  or call 01267 234567 / email publicprotection@carmarthenshire.gov.uk for an application pack to be mailed out.