There are many recyclers in the UK, each of them vying for your attention. With so many it can be easy to go to those who offer the quickest and easier service, even if they don’t give the best prices. However, many established recycling plants have invested time, money and effort into attaining every licence they need to operate.

Here at Bradford Waste Traders we have eight specially obtained licenses, which guarantee customers that we offer a fast and efficient dedicated recycling service for Bradford and Yorkshire. Read more and discover why it is important to use a recycler who has specialist environmental licenses.

Why Are Licenses Needed?
The first thing to note is that those who do not have licenses tend to lack the needed equipment needed to recycle particular products safely. For example, when recycling a fridge, compressors – the most valuable part for metal recovery – must be removed using certain equipment and by suitably trained staff at a permitted facility. This particular example also needs to be stored and handled appropriately to prevent damage to the cooling circuit or compressor.

It is unlikely that those without licenses will handle items correctly or safely, which means they could end up doing more damage in the long run. This can be done to themselves, someone else or to the environment.

Licenses tell customers that a specific plant is authorised and sufficiently trained on how to recycle certain items. This allows companies to ensure that they pick up, drop off and dispose of waste in the safest, most efficient manner possible.

Operating without a License?
There are many things that can happen if a plant or company is found to be operating without certain licenses. By law in the UK if you are a site or mobile collector of waste, you mist have a scrap metal deal licence. Those found without a license can be fined up to £5000, must not receive scrap between 9am and 5pm on any day, and they must keep all scrap in the form it was received. Sites that are found to be unlicensed may also be closed by the local council.