PITTSBURGH Recyclers in
Minnesota are trying to get some provisions in proposed state
legislation removed before the final version heads for a
The bill (H.F.1214) sponsored by
state Rep. Tim Mahoney would require recyclers to tag and hold
untitled vehicles for five business days. Currently, vehicles
older than six years are excluded from this provision. All
untitled vehicles also would have to be paid for by mailed
check or electronic transfer.
Metal recyclers also would be
required to keep details of all transactions, including
photographs, and starting in January 2015 they would have to
upload and report all metal transactions to an automated
property system (APS). The standards for the APS, which would
be developed by a consortium including recyclers, would be
issued by July 1, 2014.
Recyclers also would be required
to install video surveillance cameras at each location.
Those convicted of violating the
law would be guilty of a gross misdemeanor charge. A third
conviction in a five-year period would result in a felony,
which would carry possible jail time as well as a fine.
"The likelihood is this version
will not pass in its present version. ISRI (Institute of Scrap
Recycling Industries) members are working very closely with the
bills sponsor and are hopeful of a mutual resolution and
very good outcome," a Minnesota recycler said.