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Georgia's New Secondary Metal Recycler Law

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 10-1-360, secondary metals recyclers who purchase regulated metal property in any quantity
must register with the appropriate sheriff's office(s) beginning July 1, 2012.

  • The recycler must submit a completed registration form in person to Sgt. Chuck Catlin. Sgt. Catlin can be reached at
    (678) 486-1237 or through email.
  • The recycler must also submit a copy of the driver's license or other identification along with the registration documents.
  • If the recycler is a qualified alien, secure and verifiable documentation must be attached to the application. A list of verifiable documents is included below.
  • Annually collect a non-refundable registration fee of $200, which must be remitted to the county governing authority. Registrations cannot be considered without full payment of $200.
  • Each registration is valid for a twelve month period beginning with the effective date of registration established by the sheriff’s office once all registration requirements are met.

How the Appropriate County of Registration is Determined

  • Business (Corporation or Partnership) :
    The recycler registering as a business must register with the sheriff in county where the place of operation is maintained. If the recycler maintains a place of operation in more than one county, he/she must register the business in each county.
  • Individual (Sole Proprietor):
    An individual must register in the county where he/she resides.
  • Non-resident of Georgia:
    A recycler who is not a resident of Georgia must register in the county where he/she primarily engages or intends to operate as a secondary metals recycler.


July 30, 2013

Canned/Non-Perishable Food Drive at the Douglas County Courthouse and at the Libraries of Douglas County

School is almost back in session and many students rely on the free and reduced meals at their schools for their daily nutrition. The weekends, however, are sometimes a problem as these students go home to empty cabinets.

A Gift of Love and St. Julian's Episcopal Church, among other organizations, fill backpacks each week with food for these children so that they have something to eat on the weekends. Families receiving this assistance are qualified through the Douglas County School System. The food backpacks are picked up by the children as they leave school on Friday, and they bring them back empty on Monday so that they will be refilled for the next weekend.

To help fill these backpacks, a canned/non-perishable food drive is being held at the Douglas County Courthouse and at the three libraries of the Douglas County Library System. All donations of food are accepted and appreciated. All donated food will be routed to the organizations that actually prepare the backpacks and get them to the schools.

Donations may be dropped off at the Information Desk of the Douglas County Courthouse and at the Circulation Desks of any of the Libraries of Douglas County. The Courthouse is located at 8700 Hospital Drive. The libraries are: Lithia Springs Library, 7100 Turner Drive; Douglas County Library, 6810 Selman Drive; and Dog River Library, 6100 Georgia Highway 5.

The canned/staple food drive will be a continuous drive due to the strong need for food donations. School supplies and hygiene supplies are also welcomed.

July 22, 2013

Criminal Investigations

In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 20, 2013, Deputy Joe Pounds interrupted a burglary at Wings and Chinese Restaurant located in the Publix shopping center at 4300 Chapel Hill Rd. Prior to attempting to make entry, the suspect disconnected the power source at the back of the building. Anyone with any information about this suspect is asked to call our tipline at (678) 486-1253.

July 19, 2013

Command Division

The following DCSO staff members recently received awards: Deputy James Little was given the First Responder of Year Award by Battle Hill Lodge. Investigator Shay Brooks was awarded Deputy Sheriff of Year for Professional Contribution by the Georgia Sheriff's Association, and Lieutenant Bryan Wood was also awarded Deputy Sheriff of Year for Professional Contribution by the Georgia Sheriff's Association. Congratulations to all!

July 9, 2013

June 24, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in solving the murder of Mr. Jerry Wheeler. The homicide arrest made on Saturday, June 22 is not connected to Mr. Wheeler's case. We are offering a reward of $10,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this crime. If you have any information about this case, you can call the DCSO tipline at (678) 486-1253, or you can leave an anonymous message via our website.


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