Sunday, July 15, 2007

Keep An Eye On Your Copper


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.

3 comments:

mrs dani said...

we have had a lot of that is sc. the recycling centers have acted on their own and now started requiring that whoever brings the scrap in, state where they got it and have a drivers license that they copy and keep on record.

Dana said...

We need a newlaw to make it illegal to steal my pipes?

mccommas said...

I am with dana!