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ISRI slams NY plans for daily record keeping

Keywords: Tags  New York City Council, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, ISRI, scrap purchasing laws, scrap metal laws, Daniel R. Garodnick, Lawrence Schillinger, Daniel Fitzgerald

NEW YORK — The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has slammed a proposed change to New York City’s scrap purchasing laws that would require recyclers to upload electronic records for all scrap purchases on a "real-time" basis.

The legislation 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."

"Such electronic 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."

Lawrence Schillinger, government affairs and environmental compliance counsel for ISRI’s New York chapter, has questioned the efficacy of such a law and the burden it would place on scrap purchasers.

"ISRI-NY strongly 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 council’s Consumer Affairs Committee.

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