Press release

Multi-agency clamp down on illegal scrap metal operators in Boston

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

Boston illegal scrap metal and vehicle dismantling

The Environment Agency worked with Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Police on 26 March to put a stop to illegal activity - and keep a level playing field for legitimate businesses to operate in the waste vehicle dismantling sector.

Officers visited illegal vehicle dismantlers and unlicensed scrap metal dealers and carriers to provide them with advice and guidance.

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 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 who want to comply, and stop those who flout the regulations.

We work to ensure no harm comes to people and the environment from these sites treating waste vehicles and scrap metal.

If you sell your scrap to a collector or yard in the Boston area, please ask to see their scrap metal licence issued by Boston Borough Council, and make sure you receive payment by cheque or bank transfer, rather than cash.

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 further information on scrap metal dealers’ licences in Boston, contact Boston Borough Council on 01205 314242.

To find out how to register as a waste carrier, see our page on registering as a waste carrier, or call 03708 506506.

For advice on operating a waste business in Boston, contact the Environment Agency local team on 01522 785344. Details on the permits available can be found on our website by searching for ‘environmental permitting.’

If your Boston-area business deals with vehicle-dismantling or scrap metal:

Published 27 March 2015