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Recycling association says tougher RI scrap laws vital

Keywords: Tags  Samuel Sinel, Rhode Island Reyclers Alliance Coalition, scrap laws, copper theft, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — While some Rhode Island recyclers may find updated scrap laws objectionable, they are a necessary step in the ongoing fight against metal theft, the Rhode Island Recyclers Alliance Coalition told AMM.

"(The coalition) consists of 12 Rhode Island scrap metal dealers, all of whom are committed to helping combat the serious problem of metal theft," Samuel Sinel, treasurer of the trade group and a vice president at Pawtucket, R.I.-based Berger Recycling, said in an e-mail.

Under the Copper Theft Prevention Act headed to the governor’s desk, recyclers would be prohibited from paying cash for transactions above $500 for regulated metals, including copper, and dealers would be required to obtain identification from sellers of copper and other metals (, July 15).

One Rhode Island recycler had told AMM that "more regulation, more oversight is not what we need. There certainly needs to be something done about metal theft, but I am not sure cracking down on dealers is the answer."

Sinel said that the coalition worked very closely with the Rhode Island House and Senate in "an effort to craft a bill that maintains the ability of licensed law-abiding scrap dealers to be able to conduct business in an efficient and profitable manner and at the same time discourage, identify and prosecute those who engage in metal theft."

Rhode Island’s legislative leaders understand the importance of scrap metal recycling, Sinel said. "The resulting bill is an example of legislation that reflects the needs of industry, law enforcement and the general public."

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