Fla. metals theft law is workable: yard exec

Nov 10, 2011 | 10:40 AM | Michael Marley

Tags  scrap, metal thefts, Lee County, Garden Iron & Metal, Robert Weber, Michael Marley

PHILADELPHIA — A southern Florida county this week enacted an ordinance aimed at deterring metal thefts but without damaging recycling businesses.

Lee County commissioners and officials worked with local scrap processors to develop the ordinance, a Fort Myers-based recycler said.

The ordinance requires scrapyards to send electronic documentation of all transactions to the sheriff’s office every business day. Scrapyards no longer can pay for scrap in cash, but instead must make payments via check mailed to the seller’s address or via an electronic transfer to the seller’s bank. They also must obtain a thumb print, identification card and record other traceable....

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