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Athens Auto Wrecking

From the time William Alewine and his wife began collecting scrap in a little red wagon in the 1940s, the need for scrap metals has grown. Alewine recognized that need in the area around Athens, Ga., and expanded his business in 1949, purchasing Athens Auto Wrecking and one truck.

In 1968, Alewine relocated the company to Hull, where it has since flourished. AAW, which William's grandson Joe and his wife Kristie purchased from him in 1999, has continued its growth and now employs 25 people at its 28-acre yard.

AAW is not limited by the scope of materials it processes. It handles vehicles and all metals, including steel, stainless steel, iron, lead, aluminum, copper and brass. Today, vehicles and ferrous materials represent the majority of AAW's business.

The company employs portable balers in the removal and processing of vehicles and ferrous materials from scrap yards throughout Georgia. Each week, AAW processes an average of approximately 4 to 5 million pounds of scrap. The company's baling crews processes an average of almost 1.8 million pounds of scrap weekly.

Processing that much scrap is a big job and it requires AAW to invest in equipment that is up to the task. The company employs three Sierra portable balers, which it transports to yards throughout Georgia for automobile baling and removing purposes. Additionally, AAW uses a Newell shredder from Newell Recycling to handle most of its automobile processing.

In addition to the automobile and ferrous and nonferrous metal processing, AAW collects and hauls demolition waste metal through its roll-off container business.


AAW's continued growth depends greatly on William Alewine's reputation in the community. Through the years, William has made a name for himself and AAW in Hull and the surrounding community for his hard and honest work, a tradition Joe has upheld, and that has earned AAW its customers' loyalty and respect.

Joe says the company has managed to develop these strong ties to the community by establishing "one-on-one relationships" with its customers. He says, "We know 90 percent of our customers by name, and most of our customers are return customers."

AAW's commitment to making its customers feel like valued individuals instead of numbers on invoices is key to the company's staying power. But even more than this, William and Joe's prominence in the community has fueled AAW's success.


AAW (JunkMonkey) is founded on the drive to serve the community while protecting the environment, and these ideals are clearly behind the company's everyday operations and policies. As the business has grown and changed, AAW and JunkMonkey have steadily become more successful while maintaining its focus on giving back. AAW and JunkMonkey have built a great relationship within the community and strives to continue the relationship.

Even after William sold the business to his grandson Joe, AAW's and JunkMonkey's approach to its customers and the community has not changed. Joe and Kristie remain dedicated to giving back to the community. AAW's community commitments are varied and include donating vehicles to the local firehouses for automobile crash rescue drills. The company also works with the University of Georgia and sorts through waste at five Georgia landfills, harvesting the scrap metals.

While JunkMonkey and the Alewine family have focused on community relations, they've also managed to keep a watchful eye on the environment, ensuring that the company's success has not been at its expense.

AAW adheres to local and national environmental guidelines and has established strict policies to contain all fluids.




"Great place to recycle metals Close to home and very professional people to deal with"

Mark Johnson

"Junkmonkey pays instant cash for metal recycling and I really appreciate the service in our area. "

Bradley Grosh

"Junkmonkey recycling is a major part of my families life. The extra money I make scrapping metal helps to put my kids through school."

Patrick Pool

"I really appreciate the fact that Junkmonkey is helping in the world's recycling efforts. This place wil only get better with companies like them. available to make it easier for us to recycle."

Jessica Priston