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Ind. metal recyclers may face stiffer rules

Keywords: Tags  tag and hold, Indiana recyclers, proposed regulations, recycling, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — 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 tag-and-hold requirement.

The plan to toughen the existing ordinance is an attempt to review a municipal code that hasn’t been updated in more than two decades, as well as help law enforcement solve cases involving stolen metals.

"We think it is pretty farfetched and undoable, and there is no way it would work. With the amount we buy, we physically don’t have room to store the material," said one recycler operating in the city. "This plan doesn’t prevent anything. More work is needed on the prosecution end."

Recyclers would have to record each transaction and keep a copy of the seller’s 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.

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