NEW YORK South Carolina
recycler Highway 34 Recycling has had its license to purchase
nonferrous materials suspended after a six-month investigation,
according to Sgt. John Long of the Greenwood County
Sheriffs Office. The company allegedly violated state law
by not requesting permits or identification from sellers.
South Carolina requires anyone
wishing to sell nonferrous scrap to present an identification
card and state-issued sellers permit before entering into
any transactions. Secondary recyclers must copy and maintain
records of those documents for at least two years.
According to Long, the
yards ownersCarl Jackson Jennings and Linda Lee
Richeyknowingly purchased scrap copper without obtaining
"We have had a lot of changes in
the law as related to nonferrous metals," Long said. "We feel
the obligation to notify our recyclers that these laws have
changed and warn them about potential violations.
Unfortunately, Jennings and Richey chose to blatantly oppose
Subsequently, the sheriffs
office obtained arrest warrants for Jennings and Richey and
suspended their license for buying nonferrous metals.
Jennings and Richey now face
multiple charges of illegally purchasing copper. Both were
arrested and released on bond, Long said.
"Were not asking our
recyclers to be the police," he said. "We know that individuals
are coming to them trying to sell stolen copper. All we want is
for them to maintain proper documentation so we can prosecute
As of Jan. 31, Greenwood-based
Highway 34 Recyclings telephone was disconnected.
Jennings and Richey couldnt be reached for comment.