Group Continues to Attract Major Support to Defeat Hostile
Proposals that Will Dump Millions of Tons of Metal into California Landfills
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 14, 2019) – A proposed agency action targeting metal shredders and recyclers, would eliminate California’s thriving scrap metal operations and force tons of metal into state landfills, the United Metal Recyclers of California (UMRC) announced today.
“Metal shredding is one of the last successful areas of recycling in the state,” said Raul Riesgo, a spokesman for the organization. “Unlike the fiasco we’re seeing with the mass closure of beverage container recycling centers, metal shredders are successfully employing thousands of people, keeping millions of cars and appliances out of neighborhoods and landfills, conserving natural resources and creating value for metal shipped worldwide for manufacturing.”
But a hostile and unnecessary proposal from the Department of Toxic Substances Control would grind this industry to a halt and result in multiple unintended consequences, he said.
“DTSC is proposing to arbitrarily change the definition of what metal is toxic,” Riesgo said. “The bureaucrats are after money – not public or environmental safety. It is shameful and the reason why our coalition is growing so fast.”
Currently, DTSC only regulates the waste left over and considered toxic after the comprehensive metal shredding process is completed. But without any scientific or other justification, DTSC is planning to regulate every phase of the shredding process by redefining what is considered hazardous waste – and charging a fee at every phase of the process.
“Every phase of our operations is already heavily regulated by numerous local, state and regional agencies,” said Riesgo. “Nothing is broken. Nothing needs fixing except DTSC’s power and money grab.”
The UMRC notes the many benefits of metal recycling in the state:
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