Recycling Industry Launches Website Dedicated to Helping Stop Metals Theft

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| Source: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today announced the launch of StopMetalsTheft.org, a new website designed to assist in the fight against the crime of metals theft. The site serves as an online resource for law enforcement, prosecutors, and the recycling industry by providing practical tools, success stories, news, legal resources, FAQs, and background on fighting metals theft

"The recycling industry is fully committed to being part of the solution when it comes to preventing metals theft," said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. "StopMetalsTheft.org provides law enforcement, prosecutors, the recycling industry, and other community stakeholders with key information and techniques that can be used to help prevent metals theft, as well as build cases and prosecute crimes when they do occur. Through our continued outreach efforts, we hope to strengthen our existing partnerships while building new ones."

The many benefits available through StopMetalsTheft.org include:

  • The ability to send theft alerts to local recyclers;
  • Success stories as submitted by law enforcement across the country;
  • Tools geared towards law enforcement, prosecutors and recyclers;
  • A comprehensive glossary of terms on stolen commodities; and
  • Industry insight and knowledge provided by an ISRI team of experts.

StopMetalsTheft.org is part of an expansive approach by the recycling industry to tackle the issue of metals theft. In March, ISRI upgraded ScrapTheftAlert.com, an online alert system to notify scrap yards of nearby metals theft. Also this year, ISRI announced the creation of the Law Enforcement Advisory Council comprised of experienced law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and security personnel from around the country who are tasked with the development of a multi-layered training program to assist law enforcement in metals theft prevention and prosecution. Brady Mills, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, was hired to serve as the director of law enforcement outreach to work closely with the law enforcement community.

Any questions about StopMetalsTheft.org or any of ISRI's other efforts to stop metals theft can be directed to Danielle Waterfield, ISRI's director of government relations and assistant counsel at (202) 662-8516, or Brady Mills, ISRI's director of law enforcement outreach at (202) 662-8526.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry™. ISRI represents more than 1,600 companies in 21 chapters nationwide that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides safety, education, advocacy, and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development.

Mark Carpenter

(202) 662-8500