Unlicensed scrap metal dealers

The collecting of scrap metal is becoming increasingly common. There have also been reports around the country of metal thefts from churches, schools and other property. Some individuals are cold-calling householders and taking away scrap metal.

Items such as washing machines and other household goods are picked up, stripped of any valuable assets and then dumped illegally, often on waste ground or on estates. Causing a huge cost to the public and the environment.

We also remind residents that if they allow goods to be taken away by an unlicensed carrier they too could be liable for prosecution.

A licensed collector:

  • will display a collector's licence issued by Medway Council which should be visible to you from outside their vehicle and will include the Council logo
  • can no longer pay you in cash for any scrap metal they collect from you.
  • can only make payments by cheque or electronic transfer

When taking scrap to a licensed site, you will need to take formal ID with you, for example a passport or DVLA drivers licence, and the site manager must record these details.

Report an unlicensed scrap metal dealer

If you think that you have been approached by an unlicensed Scrap Metal Dealer, please report it to the licensing team. To investigate these complaints we need information such as to the date, time, location, vehicle registration, make, model, description of person(s) and what makes you think they are not licensed.  Please telephone the Customer Contact team who will be happy to forward your information to the Licensing Enforcement team, alternatively, please email the team directly at the email address below.