Scrap metal yards should not escape local authority regulation, county councils have told the government. ...
Scrap metal yards should not escape local authority regulation, county councils have told the government.
Responding to the DoE's proposal to exempt metal recycling and car breaking from the waste regulation laws, the Association of County Councils warned that scrap metal yards can pose a severe threat to the environment.
These yards often handle highly toxic substances such as asbestos and battery acid, counties said.
Derek Bateman, ACC environment committee chairman, said at the ACC conference that the DoE should think again. 'Surely it would be better to have a sensible licensing system in place than to risk an environmental catastrophe that could cost millions of pounds to clean up,' Mr Bateman said.