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Secondary Metals Recycling

Secondary metals recyclers in Tift County who purchase regulated metal property in any quantity are required to register with the Sheriff's Office under Georgia Law OCGA 10-1-360. Any person who fails to register annually may be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.

A secondary metals recycler is any person who purchases secondary metals property which has served its original purpose. Therefore, this applies to the "metal recyclers" who purchase secondary metals, as well as individuals/businesses who buy old vehicles and other scrap metal from individuals or businesses. The law states specifically: "Secondary metals recycler" means 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. The Sheriff's Office is required to register secondary metals recyclers doing business in the county annually, keep a record of each registration, and enter the registration information into a statewide data base 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 the Georgia Recyclers Association website to review a summary of relevant laws at www.georgiarecyclers.org . Registrations may not be considered without full payment of the $200 non-refundable registration fee. All checks returned for insufficient funds will be assessed a $30 charge. Identification must be presented at the time of registration.

Instructions for Secondary Metal Theft Registration.pdf

Secondary Metals Recycler Registration Form.pdf


Identity Theft Information

Sheriff Gene Scarbrough wants to help you prevent identity theft, one of the fastest-rising crimes in the country.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about seven percent of all Americans over the age of sixteen were victims of identity theft in 2012 alone: www.bjs.gov/index.cfm


If you are a victim of identity theft or fraud, contact the Tift County Sheriff's Department or your local Law Enforcement Agency to file a report.  Additional steps should be made to prevent further damage or victimization.  If your credit cards or bank accounts have been compromised, immediately notify your financial institutions.

 Residents that are victims of identity theft are encouraged to contact at least one of the three major credit reporting agencies to notify them of the incident.  This will help protect your credit if your identity has been compromised.

For comparison and reviews of several ID protection services, visit www.reviews.com/identity-theft-protection-services.

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Social Security Number Compromised:





Homeland Security Investigations https://www.ice.gov/victim-notification

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