PITTSBURGH Recyclers in
Virginia are backing a scrap metals bill after they were able
to offer suggestions on proposed changes to state law.
The bill, introduced by
Republican Delegate Donald Merricks, would broaden who will be
covered under the law, add more items to the list of
proprietary metals and require that purchases of certain items
"This bill is a product of a
working group of recyclers, law enforcement, utility companies
and other stakeholders," said a member of the Virginia Metal
Recyclers Association, which has 26 members in the state.
The existing law applies to
scrap processors, and one proposed amendment calls for changing
the language to scrap purchaser and covering anyone buying more
than $20,000 in scrap metals each year.
"This change in language from
processor to purchaser is to get all the buyers who are
slipping through the cracks, and will broaden as to who falls
under the umbrella as a purchaser," the metals recycler told
AMM. "It will also help law enforcement to get a grasp
on who falls under the law. Right now there are too many
classifications, which (makes) it difficult for law enforcement
A second proposed change would
expand the list of existing proprietary itemssuch as
utility property and catalytic convertersto include
manhole covers, aluminum bleachers and guard rails, and mining
cable greater than 0.5 inch in diameter.
The current law requires a
15-day tag and hold on proprietary items that are sold to
recyclers from unauthorized sellers. The proposed changes would
require all proprietary items sold by unauthorized persons be
photographed, with the records held for 30 days and be made
available to law enforcement upon request.
The recycler said he is hopeful
that the bill will pass without any substantive change. "We
dont want this to turn into a Christmas tree where people
keep adding ornaments (or changes) to it," he said. "This
current version is the product of a years hard work by
the scrap metal task force to find common ground and enact
reasonable regulation of the recycling industry."