Stop Metals Theft is a website hosted by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) that is intended to serve as a service and resource to recyclers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and other interested parties on the issue of metals theft.  The site includes:

  • Information about the crime of metals theft in the United States;
  • A link to send a theft alert in your community;
  • Tools for law enforcement, prosecutors and recyclers in addressing the crime;
  • Information on state metals theft laws;
  • Media coverage of the crime across the country
  • Success stories in apprehending perpetrators;  and
  • Recycling industry information.

About Metals Theft

Metals theft is a big problem.  As if the theft alone was not a serious problem in and of itself, consider that the repair and replacement costs dwarf the value of the stolen items. The thefts often lead to dangerous results such as electrocution, mass power outages, transportation interruption, and national security threats, putting first responders, utility workers, and citizens at risk.

Its impact on the scrap recycling industry is also significant.  Recyclers are victims of theft too.  ISRI, the nation’s trade association and voice of the recycling industry, is actively working to help solve the problem of metals theft.


Source : Scrap Metal Theft: Is Legislation Working for States ?, The Council of State Governments, May 2014

About ISRI

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry." ISRI and its 21 chapters represent approximately 1,300 companies operating in nearly 4,000 locations in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, ISRI provides education, advocacy, safety 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. Generating more than $105 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.