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Scrap metal dealers

Scrap metal licence

Scrap metal dealers must apply to us for either a site licence or a collector's licence if operating in the Maldon district.  A site licence allows you to buy and sell scrap metal from a fixed location.  A collector's licence allows you to collect scrap in the Maldon District.  You may only apply for one type of licence.

This applies to anybody who buys or sells scrap metal, whether or not it is sold in the form it was bought, and includes motor salvage operators.  Motor salvage includes recovering salvageable parts from motor vehicles for re-use or sale and subsequently selling or otherwise disposing of the rest of the vehicle for scrap.  It includes buying written-off vehicles, repairing and reselling them.

A manufacturer is not a scrap metal dealer if metal is sold only as a by-product of manufacturing.

Definition of scrap metal

Any old, waste or discarded metal or metallic material and any item which is made from or contains metal and is broken, worn out or regarded by its last owner as having reached the end of its useful life.  Gold, silver and any alloy of which 2% or more by weight is attributable to gold or silver is not regarded as scrap metal.

Scrap metal licensing is governed by various legislation:

    Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

    Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (Prescribed Documents and Information for Verification of Name and Address) Regulations 2013

    Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (Prescribed Relevant Offences and Relevant Enforcement Action) Regulations 2013

More information about scrap metal licensing may be available from the following trade associations:

    British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), International Aluminium Institute, International Lead Association and Metal Bulletin


A list of scrap metal dealers within the Maldon District can be found on the Environment Agency's website.