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Ky. legislators mull changes to scrap law

Keywords: Tags  scrap metal legislation, Kentucky Recyclers Association, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Kentucky legislators have proposed an expansion of existing scrap metal laws that would require recyclers to be registered as well as submit daily transaction details to a database.

The proposal (S.B.22), which has been sent to the Judiciary Committee for review, would give recyclers 60 days from the passage of the legislation to obtain a certificate of registration from the Office of Occupations and Professions of the Public Protection Cabinet. The cost of the certificate has yet to be determined.

The proposed requirement came as no surprise to recyclers. H.B.390, which was signed into law last April, also requires a certificate, but registration details are still being hashed out, according to a Kentucky recycler.

The proposed changes also call for expanding the state’s list of restricted metals to include construction, industrial, lawn, landscape and farm equipment. Manhole covers, utility poles and railroad equipment, which are already on the list, have to be paid for by check.

All restricted-material transactions would have to be forwarded daily to Kentucky State Police, which would select an outside vendor to oversee the secondary metals recycler database.

A new proposed section would require that junked vehicles come with a title or a notarized document acknowledging that it is being sold by the vehicle’s owner.

The Kentucky Recyclers Association is working with a lobbyist to provide input for the state’s laws, the recycler said.

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