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Maine recyclers get OK to pay with debit, credit cards

Keywords: Tags  Maine scrap law, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Colin Kelly, Paul LePage, Lisa Gordon

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 Schnitzer’s Northeast region, told the state legislature’s 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 Maine’s updated laws.

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