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Royal Assent for UK’s Scrap Metal Dealers Act

United Kingdom – The Scrap Metal Dealers Act has received Royal Assent, thus cementing it into UK law. The director general of the British Metals Recycling Association, Ian Hetherington, describes the legislation as ‘a milestone in bringing licensing up to date and in tackling metal theft’.

′The implementation of the new Act in October will eradicate some of the issues brought about by the introduction of the LASPO Act (Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012) late last year and will help to close down traders who operate on the wrong side of the law,′ Hetherington continues.

And he notes: ′We now have six months in which to work with local authorities, the Environment Agency, the police and members to make sure that everyone has the tools in place to follow and enforce the new rules as quickly as possible.′

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