Metal Recycling Sites Syllabus [1 June 2016]

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Syllabus areas


Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:


1. Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
  • Applying for a licence
  • Register of Licences
  • Revoking licences
  • Displaying licences
  • Verifying suppliers identity
  • Forms of payment
  • Keeping records
  • Offences


1.1 Know who is responsible for issuing scrap metal licences

1.2 Know the difference between a site licence and a collectors licence

1.3 Know the definition of a ‘suitable person’ when applying for a site licence

1.4 Know how long a licence is valid for

1.5 Know under what circumstances a licence can be revoked or conditions imposed

1.6 Know the conditions that may be imposed on a licence

1.7 Know the information required for the Register of Licences

1.8 Know who to notify when a licence is no longer required, and by when

1.9 Know where site licences and collectors licences must be displayed

1.10 Know what information is required to verify a supplier’s identity

1.11 Know what forms of payment are acceptable when paying for scrap metal

1.12 Know what records must be kept when receiving metal and disposing of metal

1.13 Know how long records for receipt/disposal of metal should be kept for

1.14 Know the offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 – Explanatory Notes


2. Management and Storage

  • Discharge of surface water
  • Standard Rules Permit (SRP)
  • Storage of oil and fuel
  • Tank and bunds checks
  • Spills and pollution prevention,
  • Storage of compressed gas cylinders


2.1 Know under what circumstances water can be lawfully discharged from a metal recycling site

2.2 Know how long waste can be stored under the Standard Rule Permit

2.3 Know the steps for dealing with waste received which is not authorised by the site permit

2.4 Know the infrastructure requirements for storage and treatment of different wastes on site, in accordance with Standard Rules and guidance

2.5 Know which treatment activities are allowed under a Standard Rule Permit and any that are specifically prohibited

2.6 Know the requirements for oil and fuel tank storage

2.7 Know the checks and maintenance requirements  for tanks and bunded areas

2.8 Know how to deal with spillages of fuel and oils

2.9 Know the requirement for safe storage of compressed gas cylinders

Environment Agency – SR2008No21: Metal Recycling Site
Environment Agency – SR2011No2: Metal Recycling Site
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit (V6, June 2013)
Environment Agency – Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks: PPG2 (August 2011)
HSE – Orphaned compressed gas cylinders in the waste and recycling industries (published 07/13)
The Waste Batteries and Accumulators (Amendment) Regulations 2015
3.  Vehicle, plant and equipment
  • PPE
  • Role of banksmen
  • Reduce effects of noise and vibrations

3.1      Know when high visibility clothing should be worn and why

3.2      Know how to reduce the effects of noise and vibration from the site

3.3      Know when and how a banksman should be used

HSE – Section 5: Vehicle Movements
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit (V6, June 2013)
HSE -  Controlling vibration
HSE – noise
4. Hazardous Waste
  • Types of hazardous waste,
  • Recognition of hazardous waste using EWC
  • Hazardous waste consignment


4.1    Know what wastes resulting from metal recycling site treatment are classified as hazardous

4.2    Know the correct List of Wastes (or EWC) codes for defining hazardous wastes

4.3    Know how long to keep hazardous wastes consignment notes

4.4    Know the paperwork needed for the disposal of hazardous waste

Environment Agency – Technical Guidance WM3: Hazardous Waste (1st edition, 2015)
Environment Agency – Move hazardous waste
Environment Agency – Hazardous Waste – Producers and Holders
Environment Agency – Technical Guidance WM3: Hazardous Waste (1st edition, 2015)


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