Scrappers will no longer be paid in cash
Cash payments for scrap metal are, effectively, a thing of the past. New laws have come in which hopes to put an end to cable theft and the like, which will be music to the ears of the railway industry.
There's been a rise in people stripping the copper from churches and schools too, so these new laws will be a relief to many.
However, there are still ways around these new rules. If a scrapper is of no 'fixed address', they'll still be paid in cash, which means rag and bone men won't be too worried.
Of course, this has come with opposition. Dealers are concerned that this will harm business. As most small traders only deal in cash, there's a fear that this could discourage plumbers and fitters making some beer tokens from trading in small amounts of metal.
There's the added worry that this will only serve to create a black market.