Secondary Metals Recycler Registry  

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 10-1-359.1, secondary metals recyclers who purchase regulated metal property in any quantity must register with the sheriff’s office(s) in the county(s) that they operate within, effective July 1, 2012. An individual or business who purchases any amount of regulated metal must register annually as a secondary metal recycler. If the individual or business collects, hauls or obtains metal without paying for it, registration is not required.

A secondary metals recycler is defined as any person who is engaged, from a fixed location or otherwise, in the business in this state of paying compensation for regulated metal property that has served its original economic purpose, whether or not engaged in the business of performing the manufacturing process by which regulated metal property is converted into raw material products consisting of prepared grades and having an existing or potential economic value.

Each sheriff’s office is mandated by law to register secondary metals recyclers annually who conduct business within the county. The sheriff’s office registers the recycler, maintains a record of each, and enters the registration information into a statewide database searchable by law enforcement and the public.

Use this database to search for registered secondary metals recyclers in Georgia.


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In accordance with O.C.G.A. 10-1-359.1, the record of each secondary metals recycler registration shall be entered into an electronic data base accessible statewide. The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association (GSA) through coordination with the Secretary of State, is the central repository for the secondary metals recycler registry. The GSA makes every effort to ensure that the information contained in the secondary metals recycler registry is accurate. As the information is provided by sheriffs’ offices and is continuously changing, the GSA makes no promise or any express or implied guarantee concerning the accuracy of this information.