Metal recyclers in Bloomington, Ind., could be facing stiffer
regulations, including tag-and-hold requirements, if a proposed
ordinance is passed.
The updated rules,
which would regulate metal recyclers under the same code as
pawn shops, would require all metal dealers to be licensed,
hold material for seven days before processing, increase
record-keeping information and electronically report all
transactions. Beverage cans would be exempt from the
The plan to toughen
the existing ordinance is an attempt to review a municipal code
that hasnt been updated in more than two decades, as well
as help law enforcement solve cases involving stolen
"We think it is pretty
farfetched and undoable, and there is no way it would work.
With the amount we buy, we physically dont have room to
store the material," said one recycler operating in the city.
"This plan doesnt prevent anything. More work is needed
on the prosecution end."
Recyclers would have
to record each transaction and keep a copy of the sellers
photo identification for two years. Electronic copies of each
sale would have to be forwarded to the police department within
48 hours. The city is considering using Leads Online to serve
as the collector of the transaction details.
Failure to report
transactions on time or operating without a license would
result in fines.
The city council is
scheduled to discuss the issue and potentially vote on the
matter Sept. 11.