PITTSBURGH Maine has
loosened its scrap regulations to allow metal recyclers to use
more methods of payment.
Gov. Paul LePage has signed into
law H.P.559, which allows scrap metal processors to pay for
material with a debit or credit card. Previously, checks were
the only permitted form of payment.
An executive at Portland,
Ore.-based Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc., which operates two
facilities in Maine, testified before the state legislature to
recommend the move.
Other states have adopted the
use of debit cards for transactions, which has been an
effective way for law enforcement to track money, Colin Kelly,
manager of government relations for Schnitzers Northeast
region, told the state legislatures Labor, Commerce,
Research and Economic Development Committee. "It also provides
benefits to scrap dealers on many fronts, from security to cost
savings. Some even see repeat business, which benefits both our
economy and our environment."
Kelly also suggested that the
state consider embracing the Institute of Scrap Recycling
Industries theft alert system, which he said has proven
to be effective in tackling metal theft. This was not added to
Maines updated laws.