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
Any recycler accepting
material without requiring a permit would face felony charges
that could result in jail time or a penalty starting at
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.
stalled in the past two sessions (
amm.com, June 19, and
March 20, 2012).