Scrap metal collectors in Derbyshire are being warned to adhere to new licensing rules.
Legislation, which came into force in October, means that anybody collecting scrap metal or salvaging motor parts must have a licence issued by their local authority.
Traders need to keep records which show who they bought or acquired metal from for three years.
Cash payments for scrap metal are also no longer allowed, making it easier to trace those involved in buying and selling metal.
Bolsover District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council are both promoting the new legislation, which was introduced nationally to try to reduce metal theft.
A worldwide shortage of metal has led to an increase in the value of scrap.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Dennis Kelly, said: “The new rules mean that those collecting scrap metal or salvaging old vehicles in the two districts are properly licensed and regulated by their local authority, meaning we can make sure only suitable and reputable services operate locally.”
Coun Nick Foster, North East District Council’s Member with responsibility for the Environment, added: “We welcomed these new rules and would urge local people who want to dispose of any scrap metal to make sure they understand what they mean for them.
“In particular, people should not accept cash payment for scrap metal.
“They should also be aware that traders are required to verify the names and addresses of customers now the new rules have come into force.”
For more information about the new legislation contact the licensing team on 01246 217216.