PITTSBURGH Michigan is trying to pass a legislative package aimed at preventing metals theft for the third consecutive year.
Three Senate bills were introduced seeking to establish a "do not buy from" list, increase record-keeping requirements for recyclers and require scrap sellers to obtain a permit.
"We are evaluating the bills and are making an effort going forward with all parties involved," an executive board member of the Michigan chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries said.
Sellers of nonferrous scrap would be required to obtain permits from local sheriffs to transport loads to a recycler. Contractors, builders and public utilities would be exempt and the one-year permit would cost up to $25, while occasional scrap sellers would be eligible to obtain a 48-hour pass at no charge twice a year.
Any recycler accepting material without requiring a permit would face felony charges that could result in jail time or a penalty starting at $5,000.
Increased record-keeping would include maintaining a copy of the permit, an image of the load of metal purchased and the name of the employee purchasing the scrap.
An online database of banned sellers is also in the proposal.
Scrapyards would be required to verify a seller through an online scrap metal offenders registry. A $1 fee would be charged for every transaction at the scale, with half of the proceeds sent to fund the online registry of banned sellers and the other half paid to a local law enforcement agency.
The $1 fee would be waived if the nonferrous load weighs less than 5 pounds or the ferrous load weighs less than 100 pounds.
Legislation has stalled in the past two sessions (amm.com, June 19, and March 20, 2012).