News and Updates

August 2017


Effective September 1, 2017, MREs will be required to report the possession of an explosive device, whether knowingly purchased or otherwise obtained by the entity, no later than the close of business on the first working day after the explosive device is discovered. Violation of this requirement is a Class A misdemeanor.

Senate Bill 208 also expands the violations for which the Department may impose administrative penalties. A proposed penalty schedule, along with other rule amendments, will be presented to the Public Safety Commission at its August 24th meeting. If approved, the proposals will be published in the Texas Register for public comment.

DPS is working with the metals recycling industry, the law enforcement community, and the Texas Metals Advisory Committee to update administrative rules and guidelines for reporting possession of explosive devices.

DPS is also in the process of developing guidelines for the renewal of Cash Transaction Cards. This process is expected to be completed within two to four weeks, at which time the guidelines will be published on the Metals Recycling Program website.

Additional information will be forthcoming as soon as available. This information will be sent via email, and will also be posted to the Metals Recycling Program website once available.

September 2015

DPS has prepared Battery Reporting Guidelines for your use. In addition, program staff will be available from 6 a.m. to 9 pm., Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, 2015, should you have questions regarding the new guidelines. Please call (512) 424-7617, (512) 424-7625, (512) 424-7461 or (512) 424-7853.

July 2015

House Bill 2187 was signed by Gov. Abbott on June 19, 2015, and is effective Sept. 1, 2015. This bill relates to the regulation of MRES; imposing an administrative penalty, and amending provisions subject to criminal penalty. HB 2187 also requires MRES to issue cash transaction cards to any seller of regulated material being paid by cash or debit card. Cash transaction cards are non-transferable and the metal recycler will be required to keep copies of each application and a copy of each cash transaction card for two years. DPS has developed the Application for Cash Transaction Card for use by MREs. Unless a seller had been issued a cash transaction card, a recycler is only able to pay for a purchase of regulated material by check, money order or electronic funds transfer.

March 2015

Texas Administrative Code §36.5
Statutory agent disclosure information must be submitted by all applicants for each location at which the applicant is seeking to conduct business. Each person applying for a certificate of registration must designate a natural person as the statutory agent and provide a physical address where that natural person may be located. This address may not be a post office box. Modification of the statutory agent disclosure information must be submitted using the department’s online application whenever the statutory agent is changed and all required fees must be paid pursuant to Texas Administrative Code §36.19.

August 2013

New reporting process for Metals Recycling Entities
Effective Oct. 1, 2013, Metals Recycling Entities (MREs) will be required to report transactions at Texas Online Metals. The DPS Metals Recycling staff will no longer accept transaction reports submitted via postal mail, facsimile or email from MREs for the purposes of data entry. With the exception of those entities granted an exemption , pursuant to Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1956. 036(d).

January 2013

The online renewal process for Metal Recycling Entity (MRE) certificates will be available beginning on Feb. 22, 2013. Each MRE statutory agent will receive an email approximately 45 days before expiration. The email will provide directions for completing the renewal application.  Questions regarding Metals Recycling may be directed to Contact Us, select “Metals” and complete the email form below.


New Legislation - Burned Insulated Communications Wire
Senate Bill 694 (§8), amending Texas Occupations Code §§1956.032(a)(5)and(h)(approximately page 10 of document) enacted by the 82nd Texas Legislature, includes language about recycling whole or partially burned insulated communications wire.


Legislative Changes
Senate Bill 694, enacted by the 82nd Texas Legislature, adds several items to the list of regulated metals.  Effective September 1, 2011 all transactions involving these materials are required to be recorded and reported in the same manner as all other previously regulated transactions...[Read more about Legislative Changes...]


Attention Texas Metals Recycling Entity Dealers
On February 22, 2011, the Texas Department of Public Safety has introduced a new Web-based application process for the required registration of all Metals Recycling Entities conducting business within the State of Texas...[Read more about Texas MRE Dealers...]