ISRI, recyclers rail against proposed Massachusetts scrap law

Nov 24, 2009 | 12:16 PM | Lisa Gordon

Massachusetts officials have made an initial move to impose the most stringent scrap legislation in the country, drawing fire from state recyclers as well as the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

"We think it is a particularly onerous bill because it is asking things that most small recyclers aren't able to handle. They don't have the space to separate and hold each transaction. It is contradictory to the industry model of bringing in material, processing it and sending it back out," said Bruce Savage, ISRI vice president of communications.

Massachusetts Senate bill 2191, "Regulating Secondary Metals Dealing," was introduced by state Senate President Therese Murray (D., Plymouth). Among the things the bill is seeking is a 12-day tag-and-hold on some items.

A spokeswoman for Murray said she did not know if the elected official visited a scrapyard or consulted with scrap dealers before presenting the legislation, which has passed the state Senate and is now headed to the state House of Representatives.....

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