The new law regulating scrap metal sales goes into effect next Tuesday August 16.
The problem of copper theft continues to grow in the state as the value of the metal increases and the economy falters.
The legislature passed a new law this year regulating the sale of scrap metal. Anyone who buys or sells copper and other high-value scrap metals must get a permit from their county sheriff’s office. Recycling companies must check the person’s permit before buying the copper and will no longer be allowed to pay cash for copper.
The South Carolina Insurance News Service says copper theft is a “severe problem” that has reached “epidemic proportions.” It adds the theft of air conditioning units are costing insurance companies a lot money.