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We are, in the main, a ‘waste’ business (although we do other things like sell second-hand cars). So there are strict rules by which we have to operate and we are regulated by Government – mainly the Environment Agency, but now also the Police & Derby City Council.

Scrap vehicles are ‘waste’ as they have been ‘discarded’ by their owners. Because of the sheer number & complexity of cars, they can pose a huge problem if not properly handled. It wasn’t that long ago that abandoned vehicles blighted this country, and we are all keen to avoid a repeat of that. It is not widely known, but about 85% of a vehicle is now recycled, this is set to increase in coming years. This includes all of the metal & an increasing amount of the non-metals (such as plastics).

In order to recycle scrap cars, all vehicle dismantlers & scrap yards have to be licensed and inspected by the Environment Agency. We now also have to be registered with Derby City Council as a Scrap Metal Dealer (even though we don’t buy scrap metal, we buy motor cars). You can find details of our registration below:

  • Waste Management License/ Environmental Permit (this allows us to receive, store & treat waste vehicles) number: EAWML43264
  • Waste Carriers License number (this allows us to transport waste) number: CBDU89451
  • Scrap Metal Dealers License number: SMD003 (Derby City Council)

You can download these registration certificates here:

Waste Management Licence,    Waste Carriers Licence,    Scrap Metal Dealers Licence


The VRA, Vehicle Recyclers’ Association, is the Trade Association for the UK vehicle recycling industry.  It was formed in 1943 and has members of all sizes the length & breadth of the UK.  Its role is to represent our interests with UK & European Government, industry & customers.  So it provides information and guidance to anybody interested in vehicle recycling.   Albert Looms Ltd has been member of the VRA for decades.  Over the years we have contributed two Chairmen, two Treasurers, and various committee members.  We were actively involved in the vehicle manufacturers CARE Group, set up in 1995 when the End of Life Vehicle Directive was first discussed by the European Union.



If you would like more information about health and safety in the workplace, or even a career change, you can contact Phil Wass of Wass Management and join him on one of his IOSH Managing Safety courses or even his NEBOSH General Certificate course.

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The data we ask for & you provide to us as part of generating a webquote or in completing a sales/ purchase transaction is managed by us in accordance with the GDPR.  The data we request is to enable us to generate a quote for the vehicle, inform DVLA in those cases where vehicles are purchased by us & comply with our legal obligations as a business.  This data is not used for any marketing purpose.  The data is accessible only to authorised persons within the company & is not passed to any 3rd party.  The data is stored securely by us in order to allow us to comply with our legal obligations as a business (including, but not limited to, HMRC, DVLA, SMDA13) & is destroyed when we are no longer legally obliged to retain it.  By completing this quote & supplying the requested information you consent to us using & retaining your data for the purposes set out above.

Please also note. When selling your car to Albert Looms Ltd. Although the company takes steps to protect your personal information under GDPR, it is your responsibility to ensure you have removed any letters or other documentation that may contain any personal details.  Albert Looms Ltd cannot be held responsible for transmission of data where the seller of a vehicle themselves does not take the necessary measures to protect their own personal data.


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