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New State Laws Regulate Copper Sales
Tighter state laws aimed at cutting down on copper theft are set to take effect next week. The state is requiring recyclable metal dealers to collect identification and keep a copy on hand for every transaction involving copper. The rule also applies to purchases of metal worth $100 or more and street signs.
Starting January 1, the state will also require dealers to record all purchases.
The owner of a scrap metal recycling company in Springfield said the changes in the law won't be enough to stop theft.
"There needs to be more done on the enforcement side of it," Rick Weekly of F&W Resources said. "They have to prosecute the people that come out, and they do bust to serve as a deterrent to all the people who think about stealing stuff."
The new laws also restrict the purchase or sale of certain metals unless there is documentation of ownership.