Per Texas Occupation Code 1956.033, each metal recycling entity shall keep an accurate electronic record or an accurate and legible written record detailing all regulated scrap metal received at that location and all regulated scrap metal either processed at or dispatched from that location. All purchases of regulated copper, brass, or aluminum* material, regardless of weight, must be recorded by the recycling entity.
The details to be kept for regulated scrap metal received are:
Per Texas Occupations Code 1956.037, a metal recycling entity is restricted from disposing of, processing, selling, or removing from the premises an item of regulated metal unless:
Per Texas Occupations Code 1956.035, any peace officer has a right at any reasonable time to inspect registered premises, records kept on the premises and scrap metal kept on the premises. Peace officers may place on hold an item of regulated material in the possession of a recycling entity if the officer has reasonable suspicion to believe that the item was stolen. The hold lasts for 60 days, during which time the entity may not dispose of, process, sell, or remove the item from the purchased material unless the hold is released.
*Please note that aluminum cans and beverage containers are not regulated material.