"Regulated Metals Property" means catalytic converters; all nonferrous metal (except gold and silver); manhole covers; sewer grates; or metal beer kegs, including those kegs made of stainless steel.
"Secondary Metals Recycler" means a person, firm, or corporation engaged in gathering or obtaining regulated metals property that has served its original economic purpose, or in the business of or with facilities for converting regulated metals property into raw material products by various methods, but not including the exclusive use of hand tools.
The law exempts:
Recyclers shall maintain a hard copy or electronic record of all purchases of Regulated Metals Property with the following information:
The Vendor shall receive at no charge a plain written or printed receipt containing a copy of the record entries required.
A Recycler shall retain the transaction record for no less than one year after the purchase.
Any peace officer has the right to inspect any and all Purchased Regulated Property in the Recycler's possession and transaction records during usual and customary business hours.
No cash payments totaling more than $25. Purchases made from the same person within a 4-hour period are considered a single transaction. Payment may be made only to the individual named on the identification presented for the records.
Payment for copper and catalytic converters must be by check. If the purchase total for copper is more than $100, the check must be sent by US mail, postage prepaid.
Payment for a manhole cover or sewer grate must be by draft or check and sent by US mail, postage prepaid, to the official address of the finance department of the political subdivision or to the 3rd party seller, and made payable only to said entity.
No Recycler may purchase or receive Regulated Metals Property from:
No Recycler may purchase or receive a metal beer keg if the serial number or other identifying insignia has been destroyed, removed, altered, covered, or defaced.
No Recycler may purchase or receive a manhole cover or sewer grate except from:
A person violating the law is guilty of a Class II misdemeanor.
Nothing in the law shall be construed to do away with or affect a lawful rule, regulation, resolution, ordinance, or statute which is more restrictive.
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