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Ga. governor OKs legislation targeting scrap metals thefts

Keywords: Tags  scrap, Georgia legislation, metals thefts, Nathan Deal, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Georgia’s 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 weren’t 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 bill’s 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 time—a felony offense—violators face a prison term of one to 10 years.

Local recyclers couldn’t be reached for comment.

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