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Mississippi governor signs new scrap bills

Keywords: Tags  metal recycler, legislation, electronics recycling, tax break, scrap processing, Gov. Phil Bryant, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law two scrap recycling bills, one that gives tax breaks to recyclers in the state and another that requires them to be certified in order to recycle electronics. Both laws take effect July 1.

H.B.1680 revises the terms "manufacture" and "manufacturing" in the 1972 state code to include processing activities by scrap metal processors, thus lowering the sales tax rate on certain transactions to 1.5 percent from 7 percent (, March 4).

The tax break applies to recyclers that actually process scrap into specific grades by cutting, sizing and shaping material. It does not apply to recyclers who only collect and condense scrap metal.

S.B.2754 requires the state Department of Environmental Quality to maintain a directory of certified electronics recyclers, and state agencies will only be permitted to use certified electronics recyclers to dispose of e-waste and electronic equipment.

The state agency has been tasked with developing the directory and creating a program that encourages electronics recyclers to become certified no later than July 1, 2014. Any recycler that has not been certified to meet Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices standards will not be included in the directory.

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