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Chapter 9. Licenses and Permits

Sec. 9-72. Definitions.

For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply:

1) Commercial account means a commercial enterprise with which a scrap metal dealer maintains an ongoing and documented business relationship.

(2) Commercial enterprise means a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, business operated by an individual, association, state agency, political subdivision, or other government or business entity, including a scrap metal dealer.

(3) Ferrous scrap means scrap metal, other than scrap metal described in pars. (4) (7) and (8), consisting primarily of iron or steel, including large manufactured articles that may contain other substances to be removed and sorted during normal operations of scrap metal dealers.

(4) Metal article means a manufactured item that consists of metal, is usable for its original intended purpose without processing, repair, or alteration, and is offered for sale for the value of the metal it contains, except that metal article does not include antique or collectible articles, including jewelry, coins, silverware, and watches.

(5) Metal recycling collector means any fixed collection site for aluminum beverage cans or any temporary collection site that purchases nonferrous scrap, aluminum beverage cans, household items, brass, copper, aluminum, and proprietary articles.  All temporary collection sites shall operate no more than 6 hours at one site in a 24-hour period. 

(6) Metal materials dealer means any business at a fixed location that purchases nonferrous scrap, aluminum beverage cans, household items, brass, copper, aluminum, and proprietary articles.  Storage of all materials on site must be in an enclosed structure.

(7) Nonferrous scrap means scrap metal consisting primarily of metal other than iron or steel, but does not include any of the following:

a. Aluminum beverage cans.

b. Used household items.

c. Items removed from a structure during renovation or demolition.

d. Small quantities of nonferrous metals contained in large manufactured items.

(8) Proprietary article means any of the following:

a. A metal article stamped, engraved, stenciled, or otherwise marked to identify    the article as the property of a governmental entity, telecommunications provider, public utility, cable operator, as defined in Sec. 66.0420 (2) (d) Wis. Stats., or an entity that produces, transmits, delivers, or furnishes electricity, or transportation, shipbuilding, ship repair, mining, or manufacturing company.

b. A copper conductor, bus bar, cable, or wire, whether stranded or solid.

c. An aluminum conductor, cable, or wire, whether stranded or solid.

d. A metal beer keg.

e. A manhole cover.

f. A metal grave marker, sculpture, plaque, or vase, if the item's appearance suggests the item has been obtained from a cemetery.

g. A rail, switch component, spike, angle bar, tie plate, or bolt used to construct railroad track.

(9) Scrap metal means a metal article; metal removed from or obtained by cutting, demolishing, or disassembling a building, structure, vehicle, or manufactured item; or other metal that is no longer used for its original intended purpose and that can be processed for reuse in a mill, foundry, or other manufacturing facility.

(10) Motor vehicle salvage dealer means a person who purchases and resells motor vehicles for wrecking, processing, scrapping, recycling or dismantling purposes or who carries on or conducts the business of wrecking, processing, scrapping or dismantling motor vehicles or selling parts of motor vehicles so processed.  This term shall not include the storage of an inoperable or nonregistered automobile upon any open space on any automotive service station site, provided that no more than three inoperable or nonregistered vehicles may be stored on such premises at any one time, whereas, no wrecked vehicle(s) may be stored on such premises for a period in excess 30 calendar days.

(11) Scrap metal dealer means a person engaged in the business of buying or selling metal articles, ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal, and proprietary articles.

(Code 1982, 12.10(2))