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How to sell scrap metal legally

In order to be able to sell scrap metal legally, you need a series of documents that prove that, as a company, you can manage the waste you generate or operate with purchased waste. Therefore, ScrapAd is going to clarify these documents that you need to prove that you can legally buy and sell scrap metal, and those that you also need at ScrapAd.

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How to sell scrap metal legally

In the case of Spain, each autonomous community has its own methodology. Normally, this procedure was carried out in person, but due to digitalisation, it can now be processed online, saving time and effort. Each community has its own requirements, but as a general rule, a fee must be paid and certain documentation must be presented.

We explain below how to obtain a waste manager’s licence.

How to obtain a waste manager’s licence

The waste manager’s, producer’s or dealer’s licence is a document that authorises companies to work with scrap metal or other waste (either because it generates waste, processes waste or trades in waste). In order to obtain the authorisation, the following must be submitted to the Consejería de Medio Ambiente of the autonomous community in which the company resides:

  • Self-control and self-protection plans for emergencies.
  • Documentation on the situation of the land.
  • Questionnaire to obtain authorisation for the management of non-hazardous waste.
  • Payment of administrative fees.
  • Environmental impact analysis.
  • List of all waste, definition of processes, machinery, personnel and facilities.
  • Municipal activity licence.
  • Task registered in the industrial register.
  • Deposit and environmental liability insurance.

Those companies that act as waste dealers and do not have facilities can apply for the status of dealer and would be exempt from this procedure.

Documents required at ScrapAd

Depending on whether you are going to sell or buy scrap metal, you will need one type of documentation or another. This is because the buyer assumes more risk than the seller, as the latter may resort to fraudulent trade. Therefore, in addition to the documents mentioned above (both of which you can only buy on the platform), in order to sell differents types of scrap metals on ScrapAd, you will need to provide other documents. This is because you will have your own payment account on the platform thanks to Lemonway, which requires us to ask you for documentation in order to be able to do so. 

National Identity Document

You will need to show the National Identity Document of the legal representative of the company, and also of those partners who own more than 25% of the company. 

Extract from the company register

The Certificate of the Commercial Register contains the company’s current status and all current positions, i.e. this document certifies the status of a company, as well as all current company representatives, or the specific representative of that company that is indicated. In this way, ScrapAd’s aim is to corroborate that the organisation is active. This document must not be older than 3 months. 

Deed of incorporation of the company

The deeds of incorporation of the company must also be submitted, which must be signed by a notary. These deeds must have been drawn up immediately after registration in the Commercial Register and are executed by all founding shareholders. 

Act of Actual Ownership

In order to complete the full verification and sell scrap metal on ScrapAd, the deed of beneficial ownership, a document stating who owns the shares or holdings in the company, must be provided. It must not be older than 12 months.

Access our platform by registering completely free of charge, where you will be able to see a wide variety of ads for any type of scrap material from companies that are completely safe and verified thanks to our registration control process.

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