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BMRA specialist advice worth its weight in gold


THE last few years have been busy for the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA). With the introduction of the Scrap Metals Dealers Act 2013; the Environment Agency’s Fees & Charges and Future Regulation initiatives; and recent news from China signifi cantly reducing imports of scrap metal – there has been much to talk about.


One of their main focuses – and challenges – is to work with the government and lobby at a national and European level to ensure the metals recycling industry has a strong voice. An example of national lobbying is the SMDA.


Robert Fell, CEO of the BMRA, said: “Operators acting illegally, whether with or without a scrap metal dealers license (through paying cash), often undercut those who are fully licensed and this is a key issue for our members.


“We campaign to get feet on the ground to improve the enforcement of the act. We are pushing to get the appropriate resource directed to the right place to ensure our members can operate on a level playing fi eld.”


The BMRA work alongside members at a local level, by providing support as and when problems arise. The BMRA can also intervene by speaking to their local MP on their behalf, if hte need arises.


However, the BMRA was originally introduced to combat illegal operators, but has found that it is lacking the enforcement required to do so.


The organisation is often the fi rst port of call for members who are seeking support and advice. They off er a free telephone advice service that covers legislation, regulation and environmental issues. This was a particular benefi t when the recent General Data Protection Regulation came into force.


Robert added: “Getting to grips with GDPR was a challenge for any business, especially as the implications of non-compliance are potentially severe.


“We were able to guide our members through the process by holding workshops and provide them with documentation to assist with its introduction.”


Being a member of the BMRA also brings huge advantages to the day-to-day running of the yard. There is access to the health and safety manual, currently in the process of being updated, as well as advice on employment and business issues.


Robert concluded: “We recognise that many of our members are small and medium sized businesses that don’t have the resources to have specialists in every area, but we are an extension of their team off ering advice and support.


“Our training courses, for example, prove to be very popular. As a trade association with specifi c requirements for membership, we have insurance companies who can off er discounted insurance with bespoke recycling policy wording including cover for spoilt melts and operator error.“


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