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Scrap metal bylaw approved

Maple Ridge council doesn’t want to wait for the province to pass its scrap metal bylaw, so it approved its own on Tuesday.

The bylaw requires daily notification to police of inventory accepted, taking ID of those who bring in scrap metal, and dealers holding on to goods for a week before reselling them.

The district had started its process when the province introduced the Metal Dealers and Recyclers Act, which will make B.C. the first Canadian province with legislation targeting scrap-metal transactions. The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General said scrap metal dealers will have to collect IDs of sellers, then assign each a code number. Police only could get the personal information from the dealer through a warrant.

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