We are not the enemy

2018-05-29 06:00

Scrapyard dealers are sometimes seen as bad guys because of the business they run. Many are associated with buying stolen stuff and people don’t often understand their business.

It is this misunderstanding that led Metal Monkeys, scrapyard dealers in Kommetjie, to go on an awareness drive in Longbeach Mall on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May.

Scrapyard dealers play a very important part in ensuring metals are collected for recycling, says Sharl Bennie, from Metal Monkeys. Bennie says the scrap metal recycling industry plays an important part in preserving planet Earth.

“Scrap metal merchants such as Metal Monkeys play a very important part in ensuring that metals are collected for recycling and thus prevented from landing up in landfill sites.

“Unfortunately there is often a stigma attached to the industry that we are enabling and or encouraging criminals to steal these products for resale to the scrap yards. This is a false perception created by a few unscrupulous dealers who will willingly purchase illegal goods and therefore bring the industry into disrepute.”

Spending hours educating the public on how they operate, Bennie says many people are clueless about how they operate. “People will come to us and say I have a microwave or fridge, what can I do with it? We buy these, but we don’t just buy, we make sure there is identification because we don’t want to buy stolen stuff.

“Instead of all these ending up being dumped illegally, people can make money out of it. Many people are not aware of the scrapping process so Metal Monkeys took the initiative to create awareness.”

Bennie says they introduced themselves to the average man on the street to persuade and assure them scrapyard dealers are not the enemy. “Our aim was to let people know we are here for the good. We do play a positive role in saving the environment and afford people the opportunity to uplift themselves and feed their families.”

With many scrapyard dealers unregistered, Bennie says it also impacts them badly. “We don’t just buy anything because we are scared of buying stolen stuff. We make sure we check everything before we buy it,” he says.

However unregistered scrapyards buy anything, without any care. “This affects our business and affects people from the community as well,” says Bennie.VFor more information call Ore 081 322 8220 or Bennie on 082 554 1921.

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