metal a prime target of local thieves. The issue has created a
perplexing problem for recyclers like AAEQ Manufacturers and Recyclers
in North Las Vegas, which says it is committed to weeding out
legitimate sellers from criminals who indiscriminately steal materials.
In light of a police raid on August 13 at a large scale Las Vegas
recycling yard operated by ABC Recycling, AAEQ president and CEO, Scott
Stolberg, says his company remains committed to working with law
enforcement officials to help solve this community-wide problem.
AAEQ recently invested in a new, $100,000 point-of-purchase system
called Scrap Dragon that videotapes transactions, takes scanned
fingerprints and gives separate IDs to each scrap seller. After a
completed transaction, sellers receive a coupon which can be redeemed
at an on-premise ATM, which also captures their image. The program is
scheduled to be operational in September of this year.
"Our goal is to help law enforcement prosecute people who are
stealing metal and then trying to sell it as recyclable scrap," said
Las Vegas area officials are considering legislation to make it
more difficult for scrap metal buyers and sellers to profit from the
thievery. The plan is to loosely model Nevada’s scrap-buying
regulations after strict laws enacted in Arizona last year.
AAEQ is a member of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries,
Inc. (ISRI), an organization that works hard to combat metal theft and
works with government agencies to craft reasonable regulations that
will help keep recyclers in business while cracking down on illegal
While Stolberg is in favor of good regulations, he said some of the
ideas being tossed around by Las Vegas officials would virtually put
legitimate recyclers like AAEQ out of business.
"We understand the frustration of law enforcement people due to
this growing problem," said Stolberg. "We want to work with them but we
don’t want to see legislation that discourages legitimate recycling
Stolberg encourages legislators and law enforcement officials to
bring recyclers to the table when proposing legislation so they have a
voice in the process. He also encourages them to look at work done by
ISRI that tries to balance the interests of all parties.
ISRI has developed "Recommended Practices and Procedures for
Minimizing the Risks of Purchasing Stolen Scrap Materials," that
recyclers can employ at their facilities to minimize the risk of
unintentionally purchasing stolen materials. AAEQ has adopted these
guidelines in its operations.
To learn more about the scrap recycling industry and its efforts to combat materials theft, visit www.isri.org/theft.
For more information on AAEQ, visit: www.aaeqscrap.com.