PITTSBURGH City council
members in Providence, R.I., have softened their stance on
proposed metals recycling restrictions but are still expected
to finalize new, stiffer rules for recyclers by the end of the
The city in June suggested
enacting changes to an existing ordinance that would have
required recyclers to tag and hold all metals purchases for 10
amm.com, June 22).
The city council has since
passed a draft law reducing the lengthy tag-and-hold period to
three days for most items, requiring the 10-day hold only for
such items as grave markers, weathervanes, sculptures and
publicly owned property.
Under the new rules, any
purchase of such items as manhole covers would have to be
accompanied by a release form issued by the governmental agency
disposing of the material.
Recyclers would also be required
to keep a digital image of the sellers identification and
a record of the delivery vehicles license plate number
for a two-year period.
The city council preliminarily
passed the draft ordinance Jan. 4. After a second and final
vote scheduled for Jan. 17, the mayor must sign or reject the
ordinance by Jan. 28, according to a city employee.
The ordinance would take effect
as soon as it is approved.
Local recyclers are pleased with
the changes to the original draft. "A 10-day tag-and-hold
(period) would have literally sunk the state based on how small
of a size we are," a local recycler told AMM.
The new version of the proposed
rules is more practical than the original, a second recycler
said. "It is the best of the worst and will make it easier for
us," the recycler said. "Their motivation is to prevent the
theft of city-owned property, so in that regard it is
Thieves stole more than 200
manhole covers from the city in 2012, and Providence had 190
copper theft incidents in 2011, according to the draft