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 (
amm.com, 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.