Employee Spotlight: John Danker

John Danker, General Manager at Quincy Recycle - Chicago, IL

From Quincy to the Windy City, it’s been quite a ride for John Danker, who has literally grown up with the company. “I was a lot younger then,” he jokes, as he referenced when he started in 2003, when Quincy Recycle was a single city operation in Quincy, IL. His journey took him from Maintenance…

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Commit, Be Tenacious, and Compete to Win

We’re not saying we saved the best for last. We love all our Core Values just the same. However, we do have a deep respect for this last one; Commit, Be Tenacious, and Compete to Win. To us, these three components blend into each other to seamlessly create momentum that catalyzes us into leaders of…

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Listen Up, Be Inquisitive, and Keep an Open Mind

We’re willing to bet you don’t typically equate creativity with waste removal, when in actuality, this entire company was founded on a creative solution to a common problem in the world of manufacturing. Questions were asked in the space of listening and open minds, and that is why all those components are an integral part…

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Employee Spotlight: Lucie Spohr

“I want to go out there.” Little did Lucie Spohr know the changes those 6 words would bring. Who would have thought 5 years ago that she would find her home out on the floor of a recycling plant? Not her. But Lucie’s ambition is unstoppable when paired with the support of her Quincy Recycle…

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Create Innovative Solutions

If there’s one word we love, it’s innovation. That’s what we were founded on, after all; finding new and better ways to improve waste management systems. That’s why for us, Create Innovative Solutions is a key component to our Core Values. This is all to say we encourage our employees to be creative and dream…

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Act With Integrity

“Integrity is the essence of everything successful.”- R. Buckminster Fuller Not to take the words right out of Mr. Fuller’s mouth, but we wholeheartedly agree. That’s why integrity is so important to Quincy Recycle, and why we made sure to incorporate it into our Core Values. What we do here doesn’t matter, if we don’t…

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Be Courageous and Try It

Another Core Value we, as a company, live by is the idea that one should always Be Courageous and Try It. Fear of failure is understandable, but it also inhibits innovative change and personal growth. And we don’t stand for that. We combat this by acknowledging that there is courage just in trying; by that…

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Baling Wire

Large spool of dark box wire in front of three cardboard boxes.

Today we’re going to tell you about the unsung hero of the recycling process, truly the thing that ties it all together; baling wire. While baling wire may be an industry standard in the recycling process today, it’s only been a critical component in the waste removal process since the 19th century. Before becoming an…

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Gaylord Boxes

What’s in a name? Boxes used in manufacturing sure do have a lot of them. You may hear them referred to as “pallet containers”, “bulk boxes”, “pallet boxes”, “skid boxes”, or “bulk bins”. One of the most common and strangest names for a box used in manufacturing is “Gaylord box”. An industry staple in the…

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Quincy’s Safety Milestones

At our core, we strive to create a work environment with a foundation that is built on mutual respect. No one is more important than the other, and we only achieve optimal performance when we work together.   We also recognize that our team members have people counting on them coming home at the end…

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