15 August, 2016 – The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is pleased to support today’s launch of Crimestoppers’ Scrap the Cash campaign in Scotland. The campaign, run in conjunction with the Scottish Government’s Operation Scandium, aims to raise awareness of the cash ban when buying scrap metals, which will come into force when the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 is implemented on 1 September 2016.
The Crimestoppers’ campaign will see billboards placed near scrap metal yards encouraging dealers and members of the public alike to report those yards who break the law and pay cash for scrap.
“I would urge colleagues in the industry as well as members of the public to use the Crimestoppers anonymous reporting site to help us stamp out cash payments and to make it harder for illegal yards to continue to operate,” said Howard Bluck, Technical Director, BMRA.
“However, to be successful, the Act will also need rigorous and sustained enforcement so I hope that the police services and local authorities will take action against cash payers and help us to create a level playing field for legitimate sites,” he added.
As an independent charity, Crimestoppers cannot track people who contact them, which means its reporting system comes with 100% guarantee of anonymity. Nevertheless, should someone feel more comfortable using an alternative method to report cash buyers, there is also the BMRA’s own email-based reporting system via firstname.lastname@example.org