Secondary Metals Recycler Information

Pursuant to OCGA 10-1-360, secondary metals recyclers who purchase regulated metal property in any quantity must register with the appropriate sheriff’s office(s) beginning July 1, 2012. Any person who fails to register annually may be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.

Annually, the Office of Sheriff is required to register secondary metals recyclers doing business in the county, keep a record of each registration, and cause the registration information to be entered into a statewide database searchable by all law enforcement agencies.

The statutes that pertains to secondary metals recyclers are: OCGA 10-1-350 through OCGA 10-3-363, OCGA 40-3-36 and OCGA 40-3-56. Recyclers must be familiar with these statutes. Recyclers may visit to access the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Secondary Metals Recycling information.  Recyclers can also visit the Georgia Recyclers Association website for more information.  Please note that there have been additional changes to the Georgia Laws in 2020 that may not be updated on the Georgia Recyclers Association website.

Please refer to OCGA Title 10; Chapter 1; Article 14 for the Laws for Secondary Metals Recyclers.

Registrations may not be considered without full payment of the $200.00 non-refundable registration fee. All checks returned for insufficient funds will be assessed a $30.00 charge.

Identification must be presented at the time of registration.

For more information, you may contact Detective C. Smith at 706-879-5512. Available on Wednesday and Thursday. Call to make an appointment to register.

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