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Secondary Metals Recycling. Board of County Commissioners Work Session. October 5, 2010. Presentation Outline. Introduction Overview of the issue State law and other jurisdictions Public Comment Requested action. Presentation Outline. Introduction. Comm. Scott Boyd Comm. Fred Brummer.

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Secondary metals recycling

Secondary MetalsRecycling

Board of County Commissioners

Work Session

October 5, 2010

Presentation outline
Presentation Outline

  • Introduction

  • Overview of the issue

  • State law and other jurisdictions

  • Public Comment

  • Requested action

Presentation outline1
Presentation Outline

  • Introduction

Comm. Scott Boyd

Comm. Fred Brummer

Presentation outline2
Presentation Outline

  • Overview of the issue

Lt. Jeff Stonebreaker

Orange County Sheriff’s Office

Secondary metals recycling

Price of Copper

The price of Copper has been slowly rising after a sharp decline in early 2009

Metal theft trends 2008 2010
Metal Theft Trends 2008-2010

Copper is the primary stolen metal in Orange County

All Air conditioning thefts are included in these statistics.

These statistics are based on the number of cases reported to the OCSO automated querying system.

Secondary metals recycling

Consolidated 2008-2010

  • Note: As the price of copper fluctuates, so do the number of copper/metal theft cases in Orange County.

Number of copper thefts by month year
Number of Copper Thefts by Month & Year

2010 65% Increase YTD

Comparing January through July 2009 to 2010, the percent change is 61%

Secondary metals recycling


Location of copper thefts


To summarize what Law Enforcement would like to see in an ordinance:

  • Establish a “prohibited items” list consistent with Orlando’s ordinance

  • Require additional proof of ownership before the dealer can accept a prohibited item

  • Establish mandatory reporting of all sales and transactions (not just the prohibited items) to Law Enforcement via FINDER.

  • Require cashless transactions for items contained on the prohibited items list

Presentation outline3
Presentation Outline

  • State law and other jurisdictions

Dana Crosby

County Attorney’s Office

State law
State law

  • State law—

    Significant changes to state law in 2008.

    Secondary metals recyclers must maintain a record of seller (FDLE form):

    • Identification information

    • Statement of ownership

    • Description of seller

    • Seller’s thumbprint

    • Description of seller’s vehicle

    • Photo or video of metal being sold

State law1
State law

  • State law (cont’d) —

    • Photo of seller receiving money for sale

    • Allows for law enforcement inspection of property and records

    • Provides for a state-preempted hold notice

    • Provides for exemptions

    • Provides no cash transaction over $1000

    • Requires all dealers register with the state

State law2
State law

  • State law (cont’d) —

    • Prohibits:

      • Purchase of regulated metals between 9 pm and 6 am

      • Purchase anywhere but fixed location

      • Purchase of property not transported in a motor vehicle

Other jurisdictions
Other Jurisdictions

  • Orlando—

    • Adopted an ordinance Aug. 30, 2010

    • Ordinance takes effect Oct. 29, 2010

    • Establishes a cashless system

    • Provides for a penalty per City Code

    • Lists 17 items for which seller must prove ownership and notify law enforcement of sale or attempted sale

Other jurisdictions1
Other Jurisdictions

  • Orlando (cont’d) —

    17 items for which seller must prove ownership:

    ●Manhole cover

    ●Electric light pole or utility structure

    Guard rail

    ●Street sign or traffic signal

    ●Communication, transmission, distribution, and service wire

    • Funeral marker or vase

    • Historical marker

    • Railroad equipment

Other jurisdictions2
Other Jurisdictions

  • Orlando (cont’d) —

    17 items for which seller must prove ownership (cont’d):

    • Metal item marked with name, initials, or logo of a governmental entity, utility company, or cemetery

    • Copper or aluminum coils from heating or air conditioning unit

    • An aluminum or stainless steel container or bottle designed to hold propane for fueling forklifts

    • Stainless steel beer kegs

    • Any part of a catalytic converter

Other jurisdictions3
Other Jurisdictions

  • Orlando (cont’d) —

    17 items for which seller must prove ownership (cont’d):

    • Metallic wire that was burned in whole or in part to remove insulation

    • Brass or bronze “FDC valves”

    • Brass or bronze commercial potable water backflow preventer valves

    • Shopping carts

Other jurisdictions4
Other Jurisdictions

  • Dallas—

    • Requires dealers keep detailed records of transactions

    • Contains a list of items for which owner must prove ownership or agency with owner (called “12 deadlies”)

    • Contains a 5 day hold period for regulated metal property

Other jurisdictions5
Other Jurisdictions

  • Dallas (cont’d) —

    • Establishes a nontransferable cash transaction card system

    • Requires check or debit card credit as payment for transactions

    • Establishes a local licensure program for secondary metals recyclers

Other jurisdictions6
Other Jurisdictions

  • Phoenix—

    • Creates a local licensure process

    • Requires scrap metal dealers log data relating to transactions exceeding $25.00 (excl aluminum cans and metal products) and maintain data for law enforcement

    • Holding period (7 days) for specific copper, aluminum wire

    • Requires payment of by check or money order for scrap metal transactions (def as insulated and uninsulated metal cables)

Other jurisdictions7
Other Jurisdictions

  • Phoenix (cont’d) —

    • Requires notification of scrap metals receipt to law enforcement

    • Allows no more than one cash transaction per day

    • Disallows purchase of burned metallic wire or copper with insulation removed except industrial accounts or dealer to dealer

    • Allows law enforcement to place hold on suspected stolen property for up to 90 days


To summarize recent events:

August 30, 2010 – City of Orlando adopted an ordinance

August 31, 2010 – Commissioner Boyd brought a report to BCC

September 22, 2010 – County hosted a meeting with City, industry, law enforcement, and others

October 5, 2010 – Discussion item; seeking Board direction


Next Steps:

●State has not expressly preempted this area of law (except as to hold notice)

●The Attorney General has ruled that a County can locally regulate this area further (2009-55, AGO)

●The County can adopt an ordinance following a public hearing with 10 days notice


  • Requested action –

    • Seeking Board direction on local ordinance to establish additional regulatory requirements relating to secondary metals recycling.

Presentation outline4
Presentation Outline

  • Public Comment

Secondary metals recycling1

Secondary MetalsRecycling

Board of County Commissioners

Work Session

October 5, 2010