As a member of Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), we strive to meet and exceed industry standards. ISRI is the voice of the recycling industry dedicated to strengthening the economy, protecting the environment, and providing a safe workplace for the estimated 138,000 men and women it employs.

The metal recycling industry is critical to the local, state, federal, and global economy. Our industry annually processes more than 135 million tons of society’s obsolete products into useful raw materials, creating significant energy savings, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving natural resources, and limiting the amount of material that would otherwise be sent to landfills.


Stop Metals Theft is a website hosted by 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.

Created as a public resource for legislators, law enforcement, recyclers, and other interested parties, the State Metal Theft Law Database helps visitors understand the laws with pre-made or custom reports on the provisions and states that interest them. This resource has been highlighted by the National Conference of State Legislatures as an incredibly comprehensive and useful source of information.


Scrap Magazine July/August 2016

Read our featured profile in the July/August 2016 issue of ISRI's Scrap Magazine: