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Arizona enacts two laws impaciting scrap metal recyclers

Keywords: Tags  metal recycler, Arizona, legislation, Gov. Jan Brewer, SB 1107, HB 2262, recycling, scrap used beverage cans

PITTSBURGH — The governor of Arizona has signed into law two bills that will affect scrap metal recyclers.

House Bill 2262 will require recyclers to register with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS). The cost of the two-year permit will be determined by the DPS, which will oversee the creation of a database of recyclers (, Feb. 7).

Recyclers will have to record details on all sales, as a previous rule eliminating transaction records for sales less than $25 has been removed. Aluminum cans are exempt.

Senate Bill 1107, which has also been signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, makes it illegal to sell or possess stolen metal. The severity of the legal charge will be based on the value of an item stolen, ranging from a misdemeanor for metal thefts under $1,000 to a class 2 felony for thefts of over $25,000 in value.

The legislation goes into effect Aug. 2.

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