Multi-agency clamp down on illegal scrap metal operators

An operation to crack down on illegal vehicle dismantlers and unlicensed scrap metal dealers.
An operation to crack down on illegal vehicle dismantlers and unlicensed scrap metal dealers.

Businesses in Boston are visited by authorities today in a clamp-down on illegal vehicle dismantlers and unlicensed scrap metal dealers.

The Environment Agency is working with Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Police to ensure a level playing field for legitimate businesses to operate in the waste vehicle dismantling sector and that illegal activity stops.

An operation to crack down on illegal vehicle dismantlers and unlicensed scrap metal dealers.

An operation to crack down on illegal vehicle dismantlers and unlicensed scrap metal dealers.

Officers from the various authorities are visiting illegal vehicle dismantlers and unlicensed scrap metal dealers and carriers to provide them with the advice and guidance needed so they can comply.

Commercial vehicle dismantling and scrap metal businesses need permits to operate, both from the Environment Agency and other authorities. When a vehicle has reached the end of its useful life it must be scrapped at an authorised treatment facility.

This is usually free, however the licensed facilities are allowed to charge for handling and disposing of vehicles that are missing essential parts. If a vehicle has been damaged, and written–off by an insurance company, they’ll usually dispose of it.

Environment Agency enforcement officer, Peter Stark said: “We want the industry to operate on equal terms and we receive a tremendous amount of support from legitimate collectors and yards. We will continue to engage with illegal operators, provide advice to those that want to comply and stop those that flout the regulations.

“We work to ensure there is no harm to people and the environment from these sites treating waste vehicles and scrap metal.”

If you are selling your scrap to a collector or yard please ask to see their scrap metal licence, issued by Boston Borough Council, and do not under any circumstances ask for cash; you should be paid by cheque or bank transfer.

If you want to dispose of your old vehicle, ensure it is taken to a permitted site where it can be fully de-polluted without the risk of harming the environment.

For information on Scrap Metal Dealers licences, contact Boston Borough Council on 01205 314242.