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Flint's scrap metal ordinance has some support

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(09/17/12) - Those who want to sell scrap metal in the city of Flint will have to get a permit to do so.

The city is updating its scrap metal ordinance to include a new application process. The ordinance also bans the sale of aluminum.

Don Sampson owns Junk Iron and Metal in Flint. Every year for the last five years, he said scrap metal theft has gotten worse.

"If you're not a homeowner, you don't have a good registration for your car, don't have a driver's license, we don't want you here."

Don went as far as to install security cameras and post his own list of banned scrappers. To fight illegal scrappers, he said more cooperation between yards is needed, and so is more police protection.

"If all the yards participated in a joint effort to track bad guys, I think it would be handled, if they are banned from one yard, they are banned from another. We've made several complaints and it's gone nowhere. I've talked to other scrap yards. It's the same."

While he supports a scrap permit system to track activity, Don doesn't want to see those who the follow the law get punished for those who don't.

"Actually I'd like to see them enforce the old permit, where scrappers actually have to go and get a license. There's a ton of businesses already licensed to do business and obviously they're not stealing their material so to inconvenience them every time they want to take scrap and get a permit is just not fair."

The city is also launching a website where scrap yards will have to post daily or weekly sales. Scrappers can expect the new system to be up and running by December.

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