This month will see a crackdown on metal theft.
The new Scrap Metal Act 2013 came into force on Tuesday, October 1. This requires every scrap metal dealer to have a license.
Anyone operating without one will be committing a criminal offence.
Councillor Brian Spurr, executive member for sustainable communities, services at Central Beds Council, said: “This new ability to regulate who is and who isn’t a scrap metal dealer will help to improve operating standards as well as cutting down those who deal in scrap illegally.”
“Previously, scrap metal dealers were required to register with us and to keep records of purchases and disposals.
“Now, however, we have been given enforcement powers to revoke a licence and inspect sites to really cut down on any illegal activity. Doing this means that we can protect responsible dealers and improve the reputation of the trade.”
It will stop the “unscrupulous minority” damaging the trade’s reputation with illegal trading, he added.
To apply for a license visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/local-business/licences/scrap-metal-dealers.aspx