Scrap man finds that metal dealing doesn't pay


    Scrap van

    An illegal scrap dealer from Stafford has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling more than £1,000 after collecting metal without a licence.

    The man from the town’s Highfield’s area was reported after playing loud music advertising his business from his vehicle as he drove around looking for scrap metal.

    The court was told that following an investigation by Stafford Borough Council it was found he did not have a licence to collect scrap. 

    He pleaded guilty to an offence of having no scrap metal licence and two of operating a loudspeaker in the street, in August and September 2018. The 42 year old was found guilty by magistrates in Cannock in his absence of a further offence of not having a scrap metal licence last December.

    He was fined a total of £601, ordered to pay costs of £393 with a victim surcharge of £30.

    By law, anyone who collects or disposes of waste must have a licence from the Environment Agency. And householders can also be fined if they give rubbish to someone who is unlicensed which is then fly tipped.

    The Borough Council, who brought the prosecution this month, said residents can ask for an instant waste carrier validation check through the

    Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or online at

    And for more advice go to

    Press Release No 5522

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