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Recyclers slam proposed Ark. copper scrap bill

Keywords: Tags  copper scrap, scrap anti-theft bill, Arkansas, recyclers, HB 1982, Rep. David Hillman, sales permit, Lisa Gordon


PITTSBURGH — A scrap metal bill that would require anyone selling copper in Arkansas to first make a stop at a local law enforcement agency is being frowned upon by local recyclers.

H.B.1982, sponsored by state Rep. David Hillman (D., District 13), is aimed at protecting agricultural producers’ and farmers’ equipment. It would require that anyone selling a load that includes copper to acquire a permit and have the material photographed by the county sheriff preceding all copper sales. Scrapyards would be required to collect the seller’s permit before conducting a transaction. Cash would be banned on all loads containing copper, and sellers would be issued payments by check.

Plumbers, general contractors, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) workers, and electricians would be exempt from the rule.

"I would hope the sheriff has more to do than look at copper all day. And there is no guarantee a sheriff will even know what he is looking at," one metal recycler said. "I often get 200 customers a day. Does the sheriff really have the time to photo each load that might contain copper?"

A second recycler said all of his transactions are available to the local sheriff through an electronic database.

"We did it voluntarily, and they can look at my records any time. If it’s stolen, we don’t (want) it and we will help them catch the thieves. It is not worth fooling with it," the second recycler said.

Hillman could not be reached for comment.


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