Sims Metal is committed to preventing metal theft. In addition to its commitment to comply with applicable local and state ordinances, the company–at great time and expense–trains employees to identify stolen material and determine who should or should not be in possession of certain scrap materials, such as recyclable materials, including rail road material, utility and telecommunication material, sewer grates, beer kegs and more.
If one of our scale operators has a concern about materials that may be stolen, or a person who is acting suspiciously regarding potentially stolen materials, it is our policy to contact the authority when feasible.
Sims puts a large emphasis on working with law enforcement, utilities and other aﬀected industries to find cooperative solutions to the problem. We have worked with lawmakers on legislation, pushing for penalties that are more stringent for non-compliant recyclers. The prevention of these crimes will require the cooperation of recyclers, local and state officials, law enforcement, and affected industries.
In our experience, a uniform statewide solution is essential to preventing metal theft. A “patchwork quilt” of ordinances only encourages criminals to take stolen materials further away from the source, increasing the burden upon law enforcement.
This is not your grandfather’s scrap yard or junkyard. Today’s modern recycling facility uses advanced technology to recover even small amounts of recyclable metals—every day we make a positive impact on the environment. Though we are advanced, we have space limitations. With hundreds of transactions each day, the space limitations would make any type of “Tag & Hold” provision impossible to implement.