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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 15.159 Division IX Scrap Metal

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DIVISION IX. MISCELLANEOUS OFFENSES AND REGULATIONS

Chapter 15.159
Scrap Metal

Sections:

15.159.010 Definition.
15.159.020 Purchases of scrap metal--Requirements.
15.159.030 Hold notice.
15.159.040 Compliance.
15.159.050 Penalty for violation.

15.159.010 Definition.

As used in this chapter, the following term shall have the meaning indicated in this section:

The term "scrap metal merchant" shall mean any entity (person, firm, company, partnership, association, or corporation) who purchases products containing ferrous or nonferrous metals for recycling or resale. Ferrous metals contain iron, for example, mild steel, high-carbon steel, stainless steel and iron. Nonferrous metals for example, aluminum, brass and copper or any other metal alloy containing these materials.
(Ord. 67424 1, 2007.)

15.159.020 Purchases of scrap metal--Requirements.

A. Cash Payments. For all purchases of scrap metal paid for in cash, the scrap metal merchant shall obtain the following information from the seller of the products containing ferrous or nonferrous material:

1. A complete and accurate description of all property taken, purchased, or received by such merchant in the regular course of business;

2. The date and time of the purchase;

3. The correct legal name, date of birth and place of residence, including City and state;

4. A photograph of such person;

5. A copy of the driver's license, or if not available, a copy of the individual's military identification, passport, or other approved state identification number;

6. License plate number of the vehicle delivering the material;

7. The amount paid for the property and the name of the employee handling the transaction.

B. Check Payments to Corporations or Businesses. Except as provided in subsection (B)(7) of this section, for all purchases of scrap metal from a corporation or business and paid for by pre-numbered check drawn on the regular bank account of the scrap metal merchant and made payable to the legal name of the corporation or business, the scrap metal merchant shall obtain and maintain on file, the following information from the seller of the products containing ferrous or nonferrous metals:

1. A complete and accurate description of all property taken, purchased, or received by such merchant in the regular course of business;

2. The date and time of the delivery;

3. The Federal Employer Identification Number of the payee on the check (FEIN);

4. The name and full address of the driver delivering the product;

5. License plate number of the vehicle delivering the material;

6. The amount paid for the property and the name of the employee handling the transaction;

7. In the event the scrap metal is delivered in a vehicle belonging to the scrap metal merchant and driven by an employee of the scrap metal merchant, the scrap metal merchant shall only be required to maintain the information required by subsections (B)(1), (B)(2) and (B)(6) of this section;

8. In the event any of the above is not available and on file at the scrap metal merchant's office, the information obtained shall be the same as required for a cash purchase;

9. Checks may not be converted to cash by a scrap metal merchant or by any related entity.

C. Every scrap metal merchant shall keep the information required in subsections A and B of this section either in writing or in a retrievable electronic format at such merchant's place of business. Such records shall be made at the time of the purchase of the property and in no event later than close of the business day subsequent to the time of purchase.

D. Records required by this chapter shall be maintained by the scrap metal merchant at such merchant's place of business for not less than two years following the date of transaction.

E. No purchases shall be made from persons not of legal age.

F. The following types of property and/or transactions are not subject to the record keeping requirements of this section:

1. Recyclable food and beverage containers;

2. Transactions involving materials purchased directly from a regulated public utility.
(Ord. 67424 2, 2007.)

15.159.030 Hold notice.

When a Police Officer has reasonable cause to believe that any property received by a scrap metal merchant is stolen, the Police Officer may place a hold notice upon the suspected stolen property. The identified property upon which a hold notice has been placed must be held by the scrap metal merchant at such merchant's place of business for sixty calendar days unless released sooner by authority of the Police Chief or his designee. After sixty calendar days, unless other disposition is authorized by the Police Chief or his designee, the hold is automatically released and scrap processor may dispose of the property.
(Ord. 67424 3, 2007.)

15.159.040 Compliance.

Every scrap metal merchant and every person employed by them in the conduct of their business shall admit to any and every part of the business premises at any time any law enforcement officer or other official designated by the Chief of Police of the City of St. Louis to examine, photograph, or copy any goods, articles, things, books, or other records on the premises to determine compliance with this chapter, and to search for and to place a hold upon pursuant to the provisions of Section 15.159.050 any article known or believed by such officer or official to have been stolen.
(Ord. 67424 4, 2007.)

15.159.050 Penalty for violation.

A. Any scrap metal merchant who shall conduct business in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500) per violation, or a term of imprisonment of not more than ninety (90) days or by both a fine and imprisonment. Every transaction conducted by a scrap metal merchant in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed a separate violation.

B. In addition to the penalties described in this section the City may revoke any occupancy permit issued for the business premise of the scrap metal merchant and the License Collector may revoke such merchant's business license.
(Ord. 67424 5, 2007.)

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