Two of the three scrap metal yards implicated in a sting this week are temporarily closed because they lack proper licensing, Wichita police said Wednesday.
ABC Recycling, 522 E. 21st St., and E.Z. Recycling, 815 E. Gilbert, did not have a license as required by the revised ordinance that went into effect in March, Detective Aaron Harrison said.
Michael D. Marks, 55, of ABC Recycling, faces two counts of not having a scrap metal dealer's license, authorities said.
Along with not having a license, Ronald C. Gibson of E.Z. Recycling is charged with two counts of purchasing a refrigeration condensing coil without a hang tag, which has to be signed by someone with an EPA license to remove refrigerant gases from the coil.
He also faces two counts of not paying for copper with a check, two counts of failing to make sequentially numbered transaction records, two counts of failing to obtain a seller's information, and several counts of a scale's weight not being visible.
Beginning in September, Harrison said, police conducted an inspection of numerous local scrap metal businesses to see whether they were complying with the revised ordinance. Most were, he said, but violations were confirmed at ABC Recycling, E.Z. Recycling and American Can, 1410 E. 21st St.
John J. Marks, 58, of American Can, was charged in Wichita municipal court with purchasing a refrigeration condensing coil without the hang tag, not paying by check for the purchase of copper, failing to have a sequentially numbered transaction record, failing to obtain a seller's name, and having scales not visible to the public.
There's no chance scrap metal dealers in town are unaware of the revised ordinance's requirements, Harrison said Wednesday.
"I hand-delivered a copy ... to every single business," he said.
Each violation of the ordinance is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 or up to six months in jail.
Second convictions carry a fine ranging from $500 to $2,500 and a minimum jail sentence of five days. Subsequent convictions carry fines ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, and a minimum of 90 days in jail.