[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Franklin 1-14-1997 by Ord. No. 1987 (Ch. 198 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to promote the public safety, health and welfare of the residents of the Township and further to deter criminal activity relating to the sale and purchase of stolen scrap metal by establishing a uniform set of procedures requiring the maintenance of scrap metal as purchased or otherwise obtained.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- SCRAP METAL
- Old or scrap copper, brass, aluminum, iron, steel and other old or scrap ferrous or nonferrous material.
- SCRAP METAL DEALER
- An establishment or place of business within Township limits which is maintained, operated or used for storing, keeping, buying or selling scrap metal.
Any person or entity in the business of buying scrap metal within the limits of the Township who buys, attempts to buy or offers to buy scrap metal on the basis of bulk value from any person shall:
Issue to the seller and keep for his or her own records, for not less than three years, a serialized receipt for each purchase of scrap metal containing the following:
The name and address of the buyer;
The date of the transaction;
The names of the scrap metal purchased;
The weights of the scrap metal purchased;
The price paid for the scrap metal at the standard measures of weight and fineness prescribed by N.J.S.A. 51:1-3; and
The name, address and signature of the seller of the scrap metals.
Obtain proof of identity from each person or entity who sells scrap metals to said buyer and maintain a record of such proof of identity for a period of not less than three years.
Retain any scrap metal in the form in which it was purchased for a period of not less than two business days, minimum 48 hours.
A scrap metal dealer shall, before buying, attempting to buy or offering to buy any scrap metals, register with the Police Department of the Township and give the buyer's name and address.
This chapter and its provisions, including penalties, shall be enforced by the Township and any other enforcement agencies designated for the enforcement of the ordinances and codes of the Township.