PITTSBURGH Oklahoma metal
recyclers could face a laundry list of tightened regulations if
legislators adopt proposed changes to the states existing
Lawmakers are considering an
update to the Oklahoma Scrap Metal Dealers Act that would
prohibit cash payments of more than $1,000 and for the first
time require dealers to be licensed.
Oklahoma already has a lengthy
scrap metal law in place, but the proposal would require
recyclers to obtain a scrap metal dealer license from the
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the same
agency that oversees the inspection of truck scales.
In order to get a license, a
facility would have to prove that it has a valid environmental
permit as well as liability insurance. Recyclers caught
operating without a license would face a fine of up to $500 a
One major recycler in the state
told AMM that other large players welcome the proposed
changes because they would weed out illegal operations.
"We noticed that when the law
came out in 2007 that it just moved part of the recycling
business underground to rural guys who dont carry a
license and recycle illegally," another metal recycler said.
"We do everything right, only to have our business taken
The initial one-year licensing
fee would be $200, with half of the amount earmarked for
processing the application and the other half for an
investigation into whether a license should be issued. The
state would conduct criminal backgrounds checks on all
A first reading of the bill is
scheduled for Feb. 4. If passed, the new rules would go into
effect Nov. 1.