Florida Scrap Laws

CS/CS/HB 885: Transactions by Secondhand Dealers and Secondary Metals Recyclers

According to Florida scrap laws, dealers are required to maintain a record of all purchases, including a copy of the seller's driver's license and fingerprints as well as notes on distinguishing features of the seller and his or her signature under a sworn statement of ownership.  Beer keg purchases must include written documentation from the manufacturer that the seller is the owner or an agont of the manufacturer.  Scrap dealers should consult the city and county In which they reside for additional requirements.

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State Requirements for Florida:

  • Tag and hold policies in effect
  • capture fingerprints from customers
  • Video of yard is required
  • Notify law enforcement regarding scrap purchase
  • Report vehicle informaiton to NMVTIS
  • Record license plate number and vehicle discription
  • Copy of drivers license
  • Payment restrictions in effect

*There may be additional requirements that might not be listed here.

Effective July 1, 2012

A new Florida State Law has been passed that requires scrap metal recycling facilities to obtain proof of ownership (for example, receipt or bill of sale) when recycling the following items:
    •    Manhole cover
    •    An electric light pole or other utility structure and its fixtures, wires, and hardware that are readily identifiable as connected to the utility structure
    •    A guard rail
    •    A street sign, traffic sign, or traffic signal and its fixtures and hardware.
    •    Communication, transmission, distribution, and service wire from a utility, including copper or aluminum bus bars, connectors, grounding plates, or grounding wire
    •    A funeral marker or funeral vase
    •    A historical marker
    •    Railroad equipment, including, but not limited to, a tie plate, signal house, control box, switch plate, E clip, or rail tie junction
    •    Any metal item that is observably marked upon reasonable inspection with any form of the name, initials, or logo of a governmental entity, utility company, cemetery, or railroad
    •    A copper, aluminum, or aluminum-copper condensing or evaporator coil, including its tubing or rods, from an air-conditioning or heating unit, excluding coils from window air-conditioning or heating units and motor vehicle air-conditioning or heating units.
    •    An aluminum or stainless steel container or bottle designed to hold propane for fueling forklifts
    •    A stainless steel beer keg
    •    A catalytic converter or any nonferrous part of a catalytic converter unless purchased as part of a motor vehicle
    •    Metallic wire that has been burned in whole or in part to remove insulation
    •    A brass or bronze commercial valve or fitting, referred to as a “fire department connection and control valve or an “FDC valve,” that is commonly used on structures for access to water for the purpose of extinguishing fires
    •    A brass or bronze commercial potable water backflow preventer valve that is commonly used to prevent backflow of potable water from commercial structures into municipal domestic water service systems
    •    A shopping cart
    •    A brass water meter
    •    A storm grate
    •    A brass sprinkler head used in commercial agriculture
In the event that proof of ownership is not available, we will respectifully refuse to purchase these items.
Payment for restricted regulated items may be made by check only and mailed to the address on file.
Full details can be found on the Florida State Senate’s website here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/0885

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