ISRI.org APR 2023/ Read original article
National Registry, Other Tools to Help Law Enforcement, Allow Legal Recycling of Critical Minerals
The recycled materials industry is calling for Congress and state legislatures to pass stronger laws to help curb theft of catalytic converters, while supporting the legal recycling of these devices that are a renewable source of finite critical minerals. ISRI, as The Voice of the Recycled Materials Industry™ worked with law enforcement and other key stakeholder groups to identify potential legislative solutions that would deter the growing problem of catalytic converter thefts.
“The recycled materials industry has a history of working with law enforcement and local authorities to help combat metals theft, including catalytic converters,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener. “We are urging lawmakers – at both federal and state levels – to consider taking action to help reduce these crimes which are impacting consumers and recycling facilities where thefts are becoming all too frequent. In states where similar legislative principles have been put in effect, we have seen positive results.”
More than 30 million catalytic converters are legally recycled every year – mainly through the recycling of end-of-life automobiles. Catalytic converters contain critical minerals the Department of Interior deems essential to America’s national and economic security. These high-quality materials are used in making electronics, new converters, catalysts, medical devices, and other consumer products.
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