Publishing the consultation paper, Environment Minister Robert Atkins said the government did not want waste regulation to 'impose unjustifiable or disproportionate burdens', especially on small businesses.
'The metal recycling industry plays an important role in the recovery of waste. We wish to ensure that they continue to do so within the context of this policy and the requirements of the EC Framework Directive on waste,' Mr Atkins said.
'Article 11 of the Framework Directive allows us to exempt recovery activities from licensing where certain conditions are fulfilled. We wish to use this power to encourage the recovery of scrap metal where the industry's activities do not pose a threat to the environment or human health.'