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.
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
Under the Copper Theft
Prevention Act headed to the governors 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 (
amm.com, 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
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."