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Environmental Regulations & Guidelines

Environmental Regulations & Guidelines

According to County, State, and Federal EPA laws in Georgia that regulate the specific details regarding scrap recycling, some materials are considered hazardous and/or environmentally unacceptable. It would be a severe violation of EPA guidelines and those principles held by our company to accept materials such as:

  • Asbestos
  • Oil or Fuel
  • Magnesium
  • Freon
  • Non-Metal Items
  • Propane Tanks
  • Improperly Deposited Gas Tanks (still containing gasoline)
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Televisions
  • Computer Monitors
  • 55 Gallon Drums or Barrels
  • Sealed Vessels
  • Capacitors
  • Light Ballast Containing PCB
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The recycling of these items is highly regulated or prohibited. Marietta Recycling strives to uphold strict environmental guidelines, and we strongly enforce both our policies and EPA policies.

Accepted items are ferrous (steel) and non-ferrous (copper, brass, aluminum, etc.). The following precautions must be taken before accepted items can be processed and recycled:

Flammable or toxic fluids must be completely drained from metal (for example, gas tanks or items containing Freon).

Any glass parts must be completely removed.

Metal Theft

Metal Theft

Metal theft is the unlawful acquisition of metallic items for the illegal purpose of distributing them for profit. The increasing occurrences of metal theft in Atlanta have become an enormous concern for citizens, government agencies and scrap metal recycling centers alike. Metal thieves prey on vehicles, construction sites, homes and even cemeteries to acquire metal scrap and sell it for profit. This particularly became a huge issue during low points in the economy.

Metals such as brass, aluminum and copper have been the most common items to be stolen by metal thieves. Statistics have revealed in recent years, however, that the theft of steel is rapidly rising as the prices for other metallic items go down. Atlanta County and city law enforcement, as well as Marietta, are working to reduce the rate of criminal metal theft by implementing public awareness programs and educating police officers about the crime. Marietta Recycling and numerous other scrap metal centers have been working tirelessly to reduce metal theft, and are responsible for a very notable decrease in such activity.

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Metal theft is the unlawful acquisition of metallic items for the illegal purpose of distributing them for profit. The increasing occurrences of metal theft in Georgia have become an enormous concern for citizens, government agencies and scrap metal recycling centers alike. Metal thieves prey on vehicles, construction sites, homes and even cemeteries to acquire metal scrap and sell it for profit. This particularly became a huge issue during low points in the economy.

State-wide county and city law enforcement agencies are working to reduce the rate of criminal metal theft. Metals such as brass, aluminum and copper have been the most common items to be stolen by metal thieves. Statistics have revealed in recent years, however, that the theft of steel is rapidly rising as the prices for other metallic items go down. Atlanta County and city law enforcement, as well as Marietta, are working to reduce the rate of criminal metal theft by implementing public awareness programs and educating police officers about the crime. Marietta Recycling and numerous other metal recycling centers work to reduce metal theft by following laws set forth by the state of Georgia and are working closely with local law enforcement agencies.

Law Enforcement Training

Law Enforcement Training

Marietta Recycling provides classes about the scrap metal industry to local law enforcement in order to help reduce metal theft. The classes are free and give officers and detectives basic knowledge about the scrap metal industry. Officers and detectives who take the classes will have a better understanding of how to find and arrest scrap metal thieves in their jurisdiction.

Georgia law dictates the requirements we must follow in regards to the recycling of automobiles, trailers, catalytic converters, AC components, and burial objects per O.C.G.A. § 10-1-350 et seq. Georgia.

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