SmithCo Recycling opens at the airport

Published 6:22 pm Friday, April 1, 2016


Stacie Cunningham, Garrett Smith and their dog Hunter just arrived with a truckload of old appliances. — Brandon O’Connor

There is now a place in Decatur County to get rid of old appliances, electronics, car batteries, automotive parts, etc. Rather than paying to dispose of such articles, they will now pay you for many of the items, and will even come pick up large amounts from your home or business.

SmithCo Recycling, located at 311 3rd Ramp at the Decatur County Airport, is owned and operated by Garrett Smith and his wife Stacey Cunningham, They accept old appliances, such as washers and dryers, air conditioners, electronics computer equipment and metal items with copper, aluminum or brass. They also accept automotive scrap and non-ferrous materials, as well as carpet padding.

In addition to the owners, the company employs two warehousemen and a truck driver.

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They do not accept hazardous materials such as old paint cans, etc. and do not accept old model “fat” televisions. They do, however, accept old batteries.

They encourage people to continue to take their plastic bottles, soda cans, cardboard and magazines to the recycling facility on Alice Street. “We do not want to take away their business,” said Cunningham.

Payment is made to those disposing of the materials dependent upon weight and type of metal.

The company has a combined total of 20 years experience. They recently moved their Havana, Fla. facility to Decatur County, and as they looked at expanding to Bainbridge they were surprised to see a lack of recycling, especially curbside recycling. They are strong proponents of that process and would like to see the city start it here.

SmithCo is a collection site where metals are stripped out and sold to wholesalers who turn the salvaged articles into new products.

It is hoped that people will begin to use the recycling business rather than dumping their old appliances, etc. on the county’s back roads.

Call 229-220-1582 to speak with a representative about the items the company will accept and/or to schedule a pickup.