TDCI Partnership Creates New Statewide Scrap Metal Compliance Inspections

Friday, May 15, 2015 | 11:45am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) announces a new partnership with the Tennessee Scrap Recyclers Association (TSRA) to start Tennessee’s first scrap metal facilities compliance inspection program.

Created by TDCI and TSRA, the annual inspection program benefits consumers and scrap metal business owners alike through onsite inspections that will help reduce instances of the illegal sale of scrap metal.

“Our scrap metal business owners asked for these inspections in order to help improve industry standards while assuring consumers they are not buying scrap metal from violators,” said TSRA President Brad Thompson. “These inspections are a refresher on state regulations and a way to correct deficiencies at recycling facilities before they become serious problems.”

Earlier this month, TDCI inspectors made their first inspection visits when they toured three East Tennessee scrap metal recycling sites, which are among Tennessee’s largest. All three were in compliance. Visits consist of auditing the facilities’ records as well as inspecting the facilities’ yard for compliance with state rules and regulations, among other tasks.

“Industry leaders and TDCI believe our partnership will help reduce instances of scrap metal theft through more closely monitored enforcement,” said TDCI Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini. “We want to help the good guys succeed in business and take swift action against violators.”

Inspectors plan to visit Tennessee’s nearly 300 scrap metal recycling sites before the end of 2015.

Click here for more details about TDCI’s Scrap Metals Registration Program