But the last five years have seen a doubling in cases of metal looting, driven partly by economic hardship and partly by a thriving Chinese scrap market. Campaigners want an update to the 1964 Scrap Metal Dealers Act, to ban cash transactions and introduce strict dealer registration. This would also make a point about what we value.
I\’m deeply unconvinced that we want to make recycling more difficult in this environmental age. But what\’s the justification being used here?
Things fall apart, Ozymandias crumbles to bits, and the level of disorder in a system always increases unless some force intervenes to put it back into shape. In recent weeks, fortunately, such a force has been at work – and it is the police force of Croydon. Having recovered a haul of around 450 memorial plaques that were stolen from cemeteries, broken into fragments and sold to a scrap metal yard, they are now painstakingly reassembling the memorials as a giant jigsaw on the floor.
Umm, who told the police that this material was at the scrap yard?
My assumption is that it would have to be the scrappie. No one else is going to know that the stuff is there after all.
And if it is indeed the scrappie who has given the tip off, doesn\’t this show that it\’s not the scrappies that need the regulating?