NEW YORK The
city of Kansas City, Mo., has passed an ordinance that will
require secondary metals recyclers to hold on to junked motor
vehicles and their parts for 72 hours before altering or
selling the material for scrap.
sponsored by council members John A. Sharp and Scott Wagner,
received unanimous approval Oct. 17 and will go into effect in
November, Sharp told AMM.
"Other than previously
crushed motor vehicles, it shall be unlawful for any secondary
metal recycler or its employees to sell, trade, shred, melt or
crush, or in any way dispose of, alter or destroy a motor
vehicle, or junk motor vehicle or vehicle parts ... until 72
hours, exclusive of weekends and federally designated holidays,
after the time and date of its purchase," the ordinance
The ordinance seeks to
close a loophole in previous legislation that subjected only
auto salvage yards to the 72-hour rule, Sharp said.
"This ordinance puts
them both on a level playing field," he said.
The ordinance also
seeks to close a loophole that exempted vehicles that are more
than 10 years old.
"There were many
people in law enforcement who thought it was ill-advised to
have a loophole if the car was more than 10 years old," Sharp
said. "Weve seen an explosion in auto thefts of older
vehicles recently. From the start of 2013 to date, of the
vehicles stolen in Kansas City, approximately 73 percent are 10
years or older. Police feel this large percentage is being
taken for scrap and being shredded, rather than (thieves)
trying to resell them as operating vehicles."
Sharp noted that the
ordinance grants exemptions to already crushed vehicles,
vehicles that have been acquired from another recycler already
subjected to the 72-hour rule and vehicles purchased from
sellers such as the city itself.
The city also passed
an ordinance that relaxes purchasing requirements for heating,
ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) components, while also
requiring scrap dealers to set up an electronic database
accessible by local authorities for combating scrap theft.
"The HVAC component
restrictions that went into place in February of 2012 have been
found to be too restrictive as they are prohibiting secondary
metal recyclers from taking in the majority of HVAC components
from the general public, including professional contractors,
who are not licensed HVAC dealers or contractors but routinely
dispose of HVAC components," the ordinance states.
Both ordinances were
developed in consultation with the local scrap recycling
industry, Sharp said.
"We have a really good
dialogue with the scrap metal industry, and we feel very
confident that the overwhelming majority of recyclers follow
the letter and the spirit of the law," he said.