New law aims to curb stolen scrap metal - WNEM TV 5

New law aims to curb stolen scrap metal

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Governor Snyder has officially signed a law that will change the way people and businesses deal with scrap metal.

The new law puts more pressure on scrap metal businesses to make sure the metal isn't stolen.

Steve Clinkston has been in the scrap metal business all his life. With new scrapping laws now on the books, he says Lansing's got to know legitimate scrap yards are not the bad guys.

"We don't like buying stolen material because that means we have to go to court and get caught up in the middle of all this," says Clinkston. "The state has to realize that we're the solution to the theft problem and not the cause of it. You can ask any law enforcement official who's ever dealt with us and they'll tell you that if it wasn't for us they wouldn't have made the arrest that they made."

Workers at Clinkston and Sons in Saginaw say that they'll do whatever the new law says. But they say they already photograph and record the license plate number of the vehicle that's bringing in the load. 

Scrap dealers like Clinkston say this law makes sense as long as it's enforced fairly for everyone. 

The main points with this new law are certain materials will be paid for with a mailed check, not cash. Also, some scrap will be held for a period of time to make sure it's not stolen property.

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