The Georgia Recyclers Association (GRA) is the leading organization for Georgia’s recycling industry with more than 50 members statewide (including small family owned businesses and large corporations). GRA represents the interests of Georgia recyclers before the Georgia General Assembly, Governor’s office, state agencies and others. GRA helps its member companies address the issues most critical to their business operations while also providing them education and networking support. The GRA represents the full spectrum of the recycling industry, including Georgia’s metal, paper, plastic, glass, electronics, rubber and textile recyclers. The industry is dedicated to transforming end-of-life products to create new commodity grade materials that boost local, state, and national economies.
The recycling industry maintains a major presence in Georgia, with an annual economic impact of $2.46 billion and employs nearly 12,400 Georgia citizens with well-paying jobs. The Georgia recycling industry is also a large exporter of goods through the Georgia ports at Savannah and Brunswick.
The value of scrap metal sold in Georgia is created through the capital and job intensive processing operations of the American metal recycling industry that transforms old obsolete materials into commodities that meet the exacting needs of manufacturers worldwide. This not only benefits workers, but also the government. All told, the industry generates over $232 million in tax revenues for Georgia.
- Networking opportunities with other professionals in the recycling industry
- Government Affairs representation before the Georgia General Assembly, Executive Branch and Law Enforcement
- Bobby Triesch, President, SA Recycling
- Jeff Cammllarie, Vice President, Amerigo Metal Recycling
- Rick Gates, Secretary/Treasurer, Fortune Metals
- Chip Koplin, Immediate Past President, Schnitzer Steel Industries
We are aware that many of you are currently involved in your respective areas of Georgia – working with law enforcement, prosecutors, legislators and others to communicate and address the issue of metal theft. We are grateful for this help and hope that it will continue.
We do feel that it is critical that we, as a unified industry, become better organized to address these issues and to better educate ourselves and others in Georgia about metal theft and other important issues to our industry.
For us to remain successful in our efforts, it is important that we are able to stay in touch with all Georgia recyclers – large and small