The new Scrap Dealers Act of 2013 came into force on the 1st December 2013.
A Scrap Dealer has to be registered with their local Council (all Dealers should have been registered in the past) lasting for 3 years and with a fee.
This also applies to itinerate collectors (the ones you see collecting street to street)
Before purchasing any scrap metal, the Dealer must see photo I.D, either a current driving licence or passport, with 2 utility bills less than 3 months old. A copy must be taken and kept.