Recycling Laws

Florida State Law has been passed that requires scrap metal recycling facilities to obtain proof of ownership when recycling the following items:

  • An aluminum or stainless steel container or bottle designed to hold propane for fueling forklifts

  • A stainless steel beer keg

  • A catalytic converter or any nonferrous part of a catalytic converter unless purchased as part of a motor vehicle

  • Metallic wire that has been burned in whole or in part to remove insulation

  • A brass or bronze commercial valve or fitting, referred to as a “fire department connection and control valve or an “FDC valve,” that is commonly used on structures for access to water for the purpose of extinguishing fires

  • A brass or bronze commercial potable water backflow preventer valve that is commonly used to prevent backflow of potable water from commercial structures into municipal domestic water service systems

  • A shopping cart

  • A brass water meter

  • A storm grate

  • A brass sprinkler head used in commercial agriculture

  • A copper, aluminum, or aluminum-copper condensing or evaporator coil, including its tubing or rods, from an air-conditioning or heating unit, excluding coils from window air-conditioning or heating units and motor vehicle air-conditioning or heating units

  • Any metal item that is observably marked upon reasonable inspection with any form of the name, initials, or logo of a governmental entity, utility company, cemetery, or railroad

  • Railroad equipment, including, but not limited to, a tie plate, signal house, control box, switch plate, E clip, or rail tie junction

  • A historical marker

  • A funeral marker or funeral vase

  • Communication, transmission, distribution, and service wire from a utility, including copper or aluminum bus bars, connectors, grounding plates, or grounding wire

  • A street sign, traffic sign, or traffic signal and its fixtures and hardware

  • A guard rail

  • An electric light pole or other utility structure and its fixtures, wires, and hardware that are readily identifiable as connected to the utility structure

  • Manhole cover


If, in any instance, proof of ownership is not made available, we will not be able to purchase the item.

Full details can be found on the Florida State Senate’s website here: