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Braintree district: New scrap metal laws welcomed
9:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
Traders and councillors have spoken out in support of new laws clamping down on the sale of scrap metal.
A law stating dealers must apply for a licence and keep full records of sales came into force on October 1.
Braintree Council, which is responsible for approving the licences, welcomed the move as “long overdue”.
The move follows a ban on cash payments for scrap metal, which was introduced last December.
Stewart Ellis, manager of Sible Hedingham Recycling, based in Rippers Court, said: “We thought it would be a problem, but it hasn’t affected us because if people have got metal they still want to sell.
“We have got all our licences - we have been here seven years and always had them all.”
Braintree Council approved its plans for regulating the licences at a cabinet meeting last Monday.
Cabinet member for environment Wendy Schmitt said: “This is long overdue.
“Cash transactions can no longer take place because there has been a lot of thieving going on and this is really the final piece in the jigsaw.”
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