PITTSBURGH New Jersey metal recyclers will have to
obtain more transaction details, maintain records longer and
could be banned from paying cash in some cases if changes to
existing laws are enacted.
The stiffer regulations are aimed at decreasing scrap metal
thefts in the state. State Sen. Donald Norcross (D.,
Camden/Gloucester) announced that bill S2162, which he
sponsored in August, has been approved by the state
Senates Commerce Committee.
Should the measure pass, payments would be limited to
nontransferable checks that must be mailed. It would also
require that deliveries be made in a vehicle and the license
plate number be recorded.
When the amendment was introduced last summer, recyclers said
they oppose the cash ban (amm.com, July 17), though a provision
remains that would allow cash payments in certain instances.
Customers who wish to be paid in cash must file their
photograph and thumbprint with the scrap metal business, which
is also to be kept on file for five years, Norcross said
in a statement.
If enacted, the changes would require recyclers to maintain
records of every transaction for five years and submit copies
to law enforcement at the close of each business day.
Currently, records are only kept for purchases that exceed 100
pounds or $50.