Scrap metal has always been worth something.. but now the price of scrap metal, like copper, has been so high that it has lead to a nationwide spike on thefts happening to homeowners. Water pipes, gutters and other metals are being stolen from homes, businesses and even churches, and the thieves are cashing in.
In response, legislators across the nation are now cracking down on the scrap metal recycling business.
According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and Stateline.org reporting, states that enacted laws this year on scrap-metal theft are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia. The West Virginia Legislature also passed a bill, but it was vetoed by Gov. Joe Manchin (D).It sure puts a new meaning to "Mr. Plum in the Conservatory with a copper pipe".
Recycling sure isn't what it used to be.
Read more about it at Stateline.org.
The Waterbury Republican also had an article about the CT legislation regarding scrap metal dealers.