NEW YORK A New Jersey
bill imposing stepped-up restrictions on the purchase of scrap
metals could present significant headwinds for the intake of
peddler scrap, sources said.
The legislation updates a 2009
scrap law requiring metal recyclers to verify the identity of
sellers and maintain detailed records of all transactions.
Included in the update is a provision that would prohibit
dealers from purchasing metals from sellers arriving without a
Several recyclers told
AMM that preventing peddlers from delivering loads of
scrap on foot would have an adverse effect on supply.
"Just because a guy is coming in
with a hand cart does not necessarily make him a criminal," one
scrap dealer said. "We deal with a lot of people who bring in
loads of collected metal stacked on top of shopping carts.
These people are law-abiding citizens who are integral to the
recycling community. There needs to be a better solution to
Recyclers also will have to keep
a record of the license plate of the sellers vehicle and
take a digital photo of metals received or purchased. The
records and photographs will have to be maintained for 18
months after the transaction date.
"This whole thing is a very
difficult situation to deal with," a second dealer said.
"Basically, legislators want to take control of fair trade;
scrap dealers should not have to be the victims of other
peoples bad decisions."
New Jerseys Senate has
approved the bill and it now heads to Gov. Chris Christie for