Several Quincy recycle workers celebrate safety wearing yellow safety clothing in Alsip, IL.

365 Days Accident-Free

Quincy Recycle’s Alsip, IL plant hit an impressive milestone in April – 365 days without an accident!

Why is that important to our vendors and customers? Two main reasons:

  • fewer accidents means lower costs
  • a safe environment is more efficient, reducing freight & handling costs

“Our customers and vendors benefit,” Jon DeBoer, Operations Manager of the Alsip (Chicago-area) plant said, “because once their commodities leave their facilities they’re in good hands. Vendors can rest assured that no matter what type of materials they send Quincy Recycle, they’ll be handled and processed safely.”

This reduces our vendors’ exposure to insurance and other liabilities.

How does this culture of safety happen? Not by accident…

“At Quincy Recycle, safety is driven as part of our culture from the top down,” said John Danker, General Manager of the Alsip facility. “Safety is a focus for all of our team members from the time they walk in the door in the morning until they leave in the afternoon.”

“Each and every team member is held accountable for keeping themselves safe as well as keeping their teammates safe,” Danker stressed when asked how to create a safe work environment.

Plants become more efficient when all employees can rely on each other, knowing that all are working safely. A team working together, keeping safety in mind, becomes a stronger, more effective team.

“Going 365 days without lost time means that we have had the same team on the floor at full strength for a full year. You cannot ask for more than that,” DeBoer points out.

Congratulations to our incredible team and management at Quincy Recycle’s Alsip facility! Their example is a strong encouragement to all of our plants to meet or exceed this record – something our highly competitive team will jump at.

If you’d like to learn more about Quincy Recycle’s culture of safety and how that positively affects our vendors and customers, contact your rep or call 800-311-6097 and ask for a B2B recycling expert.

Employee Spotlight: Bryan Stokes

Leadership starts at the top. Spend any time with Bryan Stokes, and it is easy to see why Quincy Recycle is successful. Bryan’s commitment to the company and, more importantly, the employees is evident, and it empowers and inspires those around him. That trickles down through the entire company and helps to make Quincy Recycle the industry leader it has become today. Getting Bryan to talk about himself instead of his employees isn’t easy, but he made an exception for the company’s 50th Anniversary!

When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

1995

What was your job title when you started?

Operations Manager

What is your current title?

President

If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite and why?

I will always pick Alive & Well first. There is nothing more important than sending our associates home safely at the end of a shift. After Alive & Well, Be Courageous & Try It has been a huge part of who we are and how we’ve grown. We try lots of things that don’t work, but when the new idea works, it’s usually a pretty big deal company wide.

What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?

It took me a decade to embrace that in most areas of our business, someone else on our team has better ideas than me. It’s embarrassing, 10 years is probably a little longer than it should have taken!

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

That we can control our own destiny and the business can be anything we want it to be.

What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?

Our people and the success that they have.

What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?

One Team, One Dream, One Family is a real core value at our company. I am grateful to have a team that cares about each other and our company. The team demonstrates this Core Value every day.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Golf and any activities with Brooke and our kids.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

When we opened recycling plants in New Haven and Alsip, we initially tried to manage sales, growth, and market leadership from Quincy. My dad had been retired for about 10 years, but he helped me realize that we needed local leadership and new ideas in markets so far away. It was a very important piece of advice and contributed to our success enormously. I will always appreciate that conversation. (Not at first, it took me about two weeks to make it my own idea and run with it)!

If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be and why?

Most People Are Good – Luke Bryan

Our culture is positive, optimistic, and forward-looking. Our people put those traits on display every day.

 

 

Employee Spotlight: Chad Crawford

“When I think of Chad Crawford and how he has impacted our business and culture, I think of two Core Values by the way he lives, works, and conducts himself – One Team One Dream One Family and Commit, Be Tenacious, & Compete to Win,” said Kurt McLaughlin, VP of Sales & Marketing.  Chad believes in the success and accomplishments in his team and the Company before anything else.  Since the CDR plant and team is fairly new and still learning they still show up every day under his leadership with the #1Team1Dream1Family mindset they have thrived and flourished.

Due to Chad’s entrepreneurial attributes and competitiveness, the Cedar Rapids team has been one of the fastest growing teams in the Company due to their willingness to #Commit, Be Tenacious,  & Compete To Win attitude every day of the week.  We are a highly successful business in IA due to Chad’s leadership and his highly talented team.

 

When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

February 2018

What was your job title when you started?

General Manager

What is your current title?

General Manager

If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite and why?

One Team, One Dream, One Family. This sums up our Company’s culture perfectly. We win, lose and learn, as a team, and that’s why we’ve been successful. While we certainly like to compete against each other, at the end of the day, everyone here wants their teammates to be successful.

What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?

Just the recycling industry in general. It was all new to me when I started, and I quickly realized how fast market demand, economic factors, etc. can change. We have to constantly adjust and adapt our approach to ensure we’re offering the best solutions to our customer and vendor base. This is also what makes the job so fun, never a dull moment!

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

It’s been really cool to visit our many different customers and see first-hand how the recycled materials we provide them get converted into everyday products that you see in stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.

What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?

I love that we’re given the freedom to operate with an entrepreneurial spirit. We are not afraid to try new things and possibly fail at them. We learn, adapt and usually find a better way forward because of this freedom. We don’t follow the play book at Quincy Recycle. We create our own.

What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?

I couldn’t imagine working for a better company. If you’re a high-performing, team-first, problem-solver then this is the place for you!

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I love to spend time with my family and try to sneak in a round of golf when I can.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. We are in charge of our attitudes.” Charles Swindoll

If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be and why?

Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

 

Employee Spotlight: Dan Parker

Dan Parker serves as an ALC (Account Logistics Coordinator) in our West Bend location. When asked about Dan, General Manager Marshall Harting said, “Dan has been a lifelong friend and someone I have always been able to count on to help with any task.  Five years ago he joined my team in West Bend and has brought that same mentality from day one.  He is always willing to go above and beyond his specific job duties and takes great pride in helping fellow team members be successful.  Dan is the embodiment of what it means to be a great teammate; all you have to do is ask any one on our team!” It’s easy to see that Dan embodies our Core Values and is a tremendous asset to the team!

 

When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

March 2019

What was your job title when you started?

Account logistics coordinator

What is your current title?

Account logistics coordinator

If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite and why?

One Team One Dream One Family– This is my favorite core value because of the way I came into Quincy West Bend. We were a whole new team and learning together. We had a leader that made us a family.

What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?

Think the most challenging thing of learning the roll was to handle the day with all the ups and downs and still make sure all the I’s were dotted and T’s were crossed in Rimas.

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

When I started i knew as much about recycling as any home owner with a recycling bin. I loved learning about all the different paper grades and commodities. Had an amazing person sit down with me and take his time explaining everything he could in the two hours we had. Since then I have made sure to go out and see every new item we bring in. It is always changing as the team brings in new accounts.

What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?

The team/family I get to work with everyday. Our team in West Bend has such a family feel to it. May not always agree with each other but that leads to some of the best out comes because we work together. And our family has extended to our Wisconsin team. Great group of people just up the road that is always there to help or bounce ideas off. Plus six other teams i can call at anytime.

What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?

That you have a team behind you and a new family. Doesn’t matter what roll you have you matter to the team. I have never felt that so much any where else.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

In my free time I love watching my son Weston play sports and practicing with him. Also enjoy hanging out with friends, hiking and being outdoors.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

I have two, one that has stuck with me for years and one that I read a few years back. To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You have to care. My happiness is my reflection on the suffering during my journey and knowing that I never quit nor was I guided by anybody on this earth.

If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be and why?

Good Day by Forrest Frank