NEW YORK The
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has slammed a
proposed change to New York Citys scrap purchasing laws
that would require recyclers to upload electronic records for
all scrap purchases on a "real-time" basis.
sponsored by Councilman Daniel R. Garodnick would require every
scrap processor in the city to create an electronic record "in
a manner to be specified by the police commissioner."
record may include the real-time sharing or accessing of such
records in an electronic format and/or through use of an
Internet website designated by the police commissioner," the
proposed legislation says. "Such electronic record shall be
retained for a minimum period of three years from the date of
purchase or sale."
government affairs and environmental compliance counsel for
ISRIs New York chapter, has questioned the efficacy of
such a law and the burden it would place on scrap
contends that any mandate to electronically upload every
transaction on a daily basis ... is unduly intrusive,
excessively burdensome and meaningless as an investigatory
tool," Schillinger told AMM. "We estimate that there
are at least 5,000 and perhaps as many as 10,000 transactions
every day by New York City scrap processors which would need to
be uploaded. These scrap purchases are based on and recorded by
weight, not by item. A transactional record showing a purchase
of 5 pounds of copper or 10 pounds of
computer electronics or 50 pounds of mixed
metal does not provide any investigatory value."
The legislation has
been referred to the city councils Consumer Affairs