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8/21/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: New law makes recycling difficult

Since I live outside Kingman and do not have garbage collection, I've been recycling everything I can: cardboard, paper, glass, tin cans, plastic, soda cans. The only thing I received money for was soda cans with my signature. No problem. Then I realized last fall that I had a few unusable items I could turn in for money. Again, no problem - just a signature.

This spring I had collected a couple more broken small appliances to turn in. However, this time I ran into the same rigmarole at the recycler that Dori Gierhl did ["Recycling hoops and the third degree," July 9]. The explanation I got from the recycler was better than hers, but I was still steamed.

I've been signing whenever I've gotten money for soda cans, but now, in order to redeem any other metal for money, I would have to give a signature and a thumbprint as well as show a picture ID, which they said they had to copy. They said it was because of an Arizona state law that went into effect on Jan. 1.

I think it is strange there was no notice of this new law in any newspaper I read, nor were any stories on TV news about it. But then again, maybe Dori and I are the only ones who don't want our thumbprints out there for anyone to copy. I said, "No thanks," and on my next trip I tossed my defunct metal appliances in the "steel" bin. I could tell by the bin that others were doing the same.

I could understand the recycler being told to be suspicious if I were to bring in a roll of hand-coiled copper wire, but a broken unusable microwave oven? Come on, get real! However, there may be unintended consequences with this new law. It seems like the recycler's business may be down somewhat, since I never have to stand in line anymore. Or maybe it's the weather.

But, I agree that we could use some information in the Miner about this new draconian law.

Elizabeth Barnett


Editor's note: The Miner published stories about this law on at least two occasions: April 28, 2013, and March 26 of this year.

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