Georgia Recyclers Association

March 4, 2015
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Date and Time:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

***Coffee and doughnuts beginning at 8:00 AM



State Capitol Building

206 Washington Street, SW

Room 123

Atlanta, GA  30334


Georgia Recyclers Association
hosts Metal Theft Training for
Georgia Law Enforcement

The Georgia Recyclers Association organized and hosted a very successful Metal Theft Training for Georgia Law Enforcement on October 29th at the Georgia Electrical Cooperative Training Center in Monroe County near Forsyth. Over 70 members of law enforcement from across Georgia and 20 other attendees, including members of the Georgia General Assembly, the media and critical stakeholders participated in the 4 hour training session and lunch. Attendees heard from several presenters from across the state with the overall message from Sheriffs, Atlanta Police, and the Attorney General's office that the current law was working and that crime was down across the state and that it couldn't have been accomplished without the help and support of the recyclers. The training was also promoted by the Georgia Sheriff's Association and Georgia Chiefs of Police Association.

Frank Goulding, Vice President of Marketing of Newell Recycling in East Point served as the session moderator. After Goulding's opening remarks, the group was welcomed by the host of the event, Tom Parker, Vice President of External Affairs of Georgia Transmission Corporation. Georgia Transmission along with their sister companies, Oglethorpe Power and Georgia EMC were kind enough to allow the GRA to use their beautiful training center for the event. Parker spoke briefly on the rural electrical cooperatives commitment to the reduction of metal theft for many years in Georgia. Read more ....

Chip Koplin
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Macon
GRA Immediate Past President


President, Michael Fairman
Glynn Iron & Steel

Treasurer/Secretary, John Tate
Newell Recycling

Vice-President, Gary Kamp
Metro Alloys

Immediate Past President, Rick Caldwell
Schnitzer Southeast

Board of Directors:

Chip Koplin

Rick Gates
Fortune Metals

Dan Sterling
Direct Metals

Nick Cantrell
Waycross Recycling

Lovett Thornton
Lovett's Auto Sales

Executive Director:

Lenora Kopkin (770) 381-9616

Governmental Affairs Consultant:

Brian Hudson, The Hudson Group

As you are aware, there has been a great deal of legislative activity in Georgia recently on the subject of metals theft.

The substantial expense involved with this has been paid by the New Southern Chapter of ISRI. Since this has become a large recurring expense, the ISRI chapter is no longer able to fund our legislative efforts at the same level. Due to the need for funds to continue our important work, several years ago, decision was made to re-establish a state recycling association.

We would like for you to become a member of this important organization. We have spent a considerable amount of resources educating the legislators, law enforcement and other stakeholders that our industry is not to blame for the metal theft problem.

We continue to educate all involved that the Georgia recycling industry is a major stakeholder in the theft issue - but that we can HELP all involved on the subject of metal theft.

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.

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