We had so much fun bragging about one of our amazing employees in our last post that we couldn’t wait to do it again. Quincy Recycle has always put a great deal of focus on safety. Without it, we can’t operate at the high levels needed to provide industry-leading customer service to our partners. So, today we are going to spend some time getting to know an employee who puts safety first. Meet Eric Savage!
Eric works in our New Haven, IN facility, and has been with Quincy Recycle for 6 years. He currently serves as the Operations Manager and is always looking for new and innovative ways to help his team stay safe at work.
Quincy Recycle’s Core Values
If you’ve read our blog in the past, then you may have heard us talk about our core values. Our core values are at the heart of what we do each and every day. The entire team at Quincy Recycle is extremely committed to our core values and Eric is certainly no exception.
Focused on Safety
Eric is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe working environment for his team, which aligns well with our first core value, Alive and Well. Safety in the workplace is ever-changing, especially in recent months and Eric’s tireless commitment to this core value is why we are excited to feature him today.
“Eric’s number one priority is making sure his teammates make it home to their partners every day. He is always innovating production plans focused around the foundation of safety and our number one core value, Alive and Well.” — Michael Malloy (General Manager, Quincy Recycle)
Let’s learn more about Eric!
1. What does a typical day at work look like for you?
My typical day consists of checking in on all my employees seeing how their day is going and if there is anything I can do to help. I also spend a lot of my time tracking production, managing inventory, and resolving any issues that come up throughout the course of the day.
2. How would you describe the culture at Quincy Recycle?
Supportive. We are only as strong as our weakest link. At Quincy Recycle, we want everyone to be successful and enjoy coming to work each day.
3. Are there any big projects you are currently working on?
My maintenance team and I have been working on developing new and updating existing training procedures and preventive maintenance forms for all of our stationary and mobile equipment. The new and updated forms will help with training our staff on how to safely operate and maintain their equipment, reducing the risk of injury as well as potential downtime and repair costs should the equipment become damaged.
4. What’s one thing you’d like prospective employees to know about the company?
Your career is what you make it and opportunities at Quincy Recycle are endless. Quincy Recycle does a great job identifying strengths of employees and putting them in positions where they can utilize those strengths.
5. When you’re not at work, how would we find you spending your free time?
I spend my free time with my wife and kids. We enjoy being outside hiking and camping. My wife and I are very competitive and play in various sporting leagues such as Softball, Volleyball, Golf, and Bowling.
Alive and Well
We are all proud of Eric and grateful to have him as part of our team. His commitment to our first core value, Alive and Well helps make us a better company. We’re in the recycling business, but without our people, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.
Our culture and core values define who we are at Quincy Recycle. Recently, we put together a video showcasing the Alive and Well core value and what it means to the team. Check it out!
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Freight costs are a large part of the cost of industrial recycling. Keep your freight costs under control by organizing your loads so you are not “shipping air.”
One key to a profitable recycling solution is to maximize your freight cost-per-ton on trailer loads.
“Heavier loads have a lower cost-per-ton than lighter ones from a freight cost standpoint,” John Danker, General Manager of our Chicago area plant in Alsip pointed out. “42,000 to 46,000 lbs. for a 53’ trailer is a good weight.”
Some tips on optimizing weight:
- Stack bales three high, two wide to maximize space usage.
- Double-stack Gaylord boxes for maximum weight and stability.
- Palletize or use Gaylords rather than shipping loose materials.
And think stability when loading. Unstable loads are dangerous and less profitable. Trailer loads with collapsed bale stacks or shifted bales take longer to unload, increasing processing costs.
Tips for stable loads:
- Put like with like – uniform bales and pallets are more stable.
- Load the heaviest bales on the bottom, and keep in mind OSHA rule 1910.176(b)(1) that requires properly securing material to prevent collapsing bale stacks.
- Stacking the last two rows only two high prevents bales from shifting and leaning against and falling out of the doors.
Influence, Impact, and Accountability. That’s Josh Hall in a nutshell. Influence because he is persistent in finishing difficult jobs. Impact because he consistently performs at a high level. Accountability because he acknowledges when he doesn’t have the answer, & seeks to find it. When you ask Brian Lansing, GM of Quincy Exact Solutions, you can hear the excitement as he says, “I have challenged Josh for the last couple of months on a difficult production line build. It has been a project where if it could go wrong, it did. When it seemed like there was no end to the project insight, he would continue to push and seek solutions to the problems that arose. He has always been committed to his work and a person the rest of the QES team can rely on.”
When did you start with Quincy Recycle?
What was your job title when you started?
What is your current title?
If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite?
What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?
The most challenging thing to learn as a Tech is troubleshooting complex machinery issues, this involves identifying and diagnosing problems, understanding the root causes, and finding effective solutions to get the machinery back up and running quickly but can be very rewarding.
What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?
I was surprised with the training and level of automation. Training in automation can be a lot fun.
What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?
My favorite part about working at Quincy recycle is the large network of support we have from our surrounding plants.
What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?
Safety is a top priority at Quincy recycle, we have high level of teamwork and collaboration in a fast paced environment.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy activities with my family, 3d printing and flying drones.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?
Never sacrifice quality for speed, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have both.
If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be and why?
“Eye of the Tiger” because of the fast pace positive energy.
The waste and recycling industry is constantly evolving and innovating new ways to recycle materials. One area that has been gaining more attention in recent years is the handling of commingled plastic loads.
But what exactly are commingled plastic loads, and how can we properly recycle them?
In this blog post, we’ll answer those questions and explain how Quincy Recycle can help you properly dispose of your commingled plastic waste.
What is Commingled Plastic?
A commingled plastic load is when two or more types of plastic are mixed together in one bale. Bales can contain different types of plastic, such as HDPE, PET, PVC, or polypropylene.
Mixed plastic waste can be difficult to recycle because it is an unsorted bundle of different types of plastics, making it hard to separate and process. However, it is important to recycle commingled plastic waste as it keeps the material out of landfills and reduces our impact on the environment.
How Quincy Recycles Handles Commingled Plastic Loads
At Quincy Recycle, we accept commingled plastic loads that are within industry specs. Our state-of-the-art plant can handle hundreds of tons of commingled plastic waste every month and has the technology and processes in place to properly recycle them. We take these processes seriously. We are dedicated to sustainability and minimizing waste through proper recycling procedures.
Our recycling process begins with sorting the plastic into different types of plastics. Our trained staff oversees the process, ensuring that we get the best quality materials for recycling. Once the sorting process is complete, we then grind or shred the plastic into smaller pieces and prepare it for sale to manufacturers.
One key benefit of recycling commingled plastic loads through Quincy Recycle is that it allows customers to dispose of their waste in a cost-effective and efficient way.
Rather than having to sort through their waste themselves, customers can simply dispose of their commingled plastic loads and trust that we will handle the rest. We also offer pickup services to make the process even more convenient for our customers.
Our customers can make the process easier for us, too. While we offer top market value for loads, there are a few things that can cause loads to be downgraded. These include:
- Contaminated loads with too many plastic bags, paper, or mixed rigid plastics
- Contaminated loads with other prohibitives, like tin and aluminum cans
- Cherry-picked loads with valuable plastics removed, such as #2 HDPE
In short, the more “hands-on” we have to be to manually sort through the loads, the less valuable they will be. Commingled loads with solely post-consumer, #1 to #7 plastic containers will usually yield the most value.
Industries We Commonly Work With
A considerable number of industries produce commingled plastic loads that need recycling.
The food and beverage industry, for example, generates large amounts of commingled plastic waste from bottles and packaging materials. The retail industry produces excess plastic bags, product packaging, and storage materials. The beauty industry produces waste from packaging materials like shampoo and conditioner bottles and containers.
Quincy Recycle understands that large amounts of plastic waste are a problem. We offer recycling services that specifically target commingled plastic loads from various industries.
The End Goal
Quincy Recycle has extensive experience in recycling plastic waste. The recycling process can be complicated for commingled plastic, but we have the expertise, equipment, and resources to make it happen.
Companies that choose to work with us can rest assured that they are working with a partner who cares about the environment and can help them achieve their sustainability goals. By recycling commingled plastic loads, you help reduce landfill pollution, conserve resources, and minimize the impact on the environment.
We are committed to doing our best to help manufacturers reduce their carbon footprint. Reach out to us or call us today at 800.311.6097 to recycle your commingled plastic loads. Let’s help build a brighter future for our planet.