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Resolution 21-18F

Scrap Metal (Copper) Theft

November 21, 2018
Expiry Date:
December 1, 2021
Active Status:
Woodlands County
3 - Pembina River
Sent to Government
Vote Results:

WHEREAS in 2013, the Government of Alberta passed legislation called the Scrap Metal Dealers and Recyclers Identification Act; and

WHEREAS scrap metal means new or used items substantially made of aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, stainless steel, steel, tin or other metal prescribed by the regulations; and

WHEREAS the Scrap Metal Dealers and Recyclers Identification Act requires scrap metal dealers or recyclers purchasing or receiving scrap metal to record the information of the transaction and proof of identity of the person selling the scrap metal; and

WHEREAS within 24 hours of purchasing or receiving scrap metal of a weight that is greater than a weight prescribed in the regulations, a scrap metal dealer or recycler shall provide the prescribed information collected under this section to a law enforcement agency; and

WHEREAS the Government of Alberta has not proclaimed the legislation and published the regulation for the Scrap Metal Dealers and Recyclers Identification Act;

Operative Clause:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta advocate to the Government of Alberta to proclaim the Scrap Metal Dealers and Recyclers Identification Act and create the regulation to assist with the deterrence of copper theft and other scrap metal.

Member Background:

Theft of copper has increased over the years and is extremely costly to the electricity sector as well as construction, telecommunication and industrial companies. Copper is an expensive material to replace, and costs to repair damaged infrastructure can be even more significant to these sectors. Copper theft not only puts the lives of the thieves at risk, but also the safety of emergency first responders, utility workers and local residents.

A number of other provinces have passed similar legislation which has resulted in the decrease of theft in copper and other scrap metal material.

RMA Background:

RMA has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.

Provincial Ministries:
Justice and Solicitor General
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