governor has signed legislation that bans cash payments for
scrap metals and requires recyclers to shorten their hours as
part of efforts to thwart metals thefts in the state. The
measures go into effect July 1.
Sellers of coil products and
certain copper wires will be required to provide identification
and a work order or receipt to prove that the metals being
scrapped werent illicitly gained, according to House Bill
872, signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.
The law also mandates that
burned wire can only be purchased if the seller can prove the
material was in a fire. Only cemetery owners, funeral
directors, or manufacturers and distributors of burial objects
will be allowed to sell related items to metals recyclers.
Vehicles 12 years and older and
worth less than $850 can be scrapped without a title, provided
the seller signs a statement of ownership.
Customers will receive their
payments for all transactions, including for ferrous scrap, by
check, voucher or electronic fund transfer. Check-cashing
services are also prohibited.
Recyclers hours of
operations have been established as 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The
bills original language set hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
All recyclers will be required
to upload details of each transaction to an electronic database
established through coordination with the state.
Recyclers face misdemeanor
charges for violating the law on the first two offenses. If
convicted a third timea felony offenseviolators
face a prison term of one to 10 years.
Local recyclers couldnt be
reached for comment.