Ireland to ban cash payments for scrap metal


The Irish Government has published a consultation on banning payments for scrap metal.

New regulations would be introduced under the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Regulation) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.


These regulations would impose new obligations on operators of waste facilities.

Irish Environment Minister Phil Hogan said: “While the scourge of metal theft raises issues beyond what can be addressed under the Waste Management Act, I believe that appropriate checks at waste facilities will greatly help in resolving this problem. The measures I am proposing are designed, above all, to enhance the traceability of purchases of scrap metal at these sites.”

The proposed measures aim to:

  • Prohibit cash payments in respect of material received
  • Prohibit the sale of metals which have been damaged by fire
  • Require proof of identity and current address of the person supplying the material
  • Require records to be kept pertaining to the delivery vehicle, materials sold and amount paid
  • Require a signed statement by the person supplying the material that they are the lawful owner (or that they have the owner’s consent).

The consultation is open until 14 December 2012.