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Quincy Recycle Employee Spotlight: Carrie Potter

There isn’t too much that gets us more excited than getting to talk about recycling. But, the chance to spotlight one of our amazing employees is definitely at the top of that list. Meet Carrie Potter.

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Carrie has been with Quincy Recycle since 2009 and currently serves as a Safety and HR Coordinator at the corporate office in Quincy, IL. She lives and breathes our company’s core values. And, while it’s difficult to pick just one to talk about, the leadership team here at Quincy Recycle nominated Carrie for her commitment to our first core value: Alive and Well.

Quincy Recycle’s Core Values

Alive and Well is all about the safety and well-being of our employees. A safe work environment is extremely important to us here at Quincy Recycle and what “safe” looks like has changed a lot over the last few months as the coronavirus pandemic has swept the globe. Without hesitation, Carrie has stepped up and taken an active role in managing the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) supply chain for all of our plants.

“Currently with COVID-19, there is a greater need for supplies to keep the plants clean and more PPE is required. These supplies are not easy to find right now. Carrie stays on top of the orders and if she is not confident a vendor will ship in time, she will find another avenue.” – Joe Genenbacher (Purchasing, Maintanence and Safety Manager at Quincy Recycle)

We sat down with Carrie to learn a bit more about her and her tenure at Quincy Recycle.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

I start my day looking through emails and adding new tasks to my list.  From there, I may be working on numerous tasks: ordering supplies, payroll, sending safety-related emails, working with employees on benefits… every day is always different.

What is your favorite part about working for Quincy Recycle?

My favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle is how much it has grown!  It’s a great testimony to how hard our team works and adapts to change.

How would you describe the culture at Quincy Recycle?

The culture at Quincy Recycle is positive and supportive.  We wear many hats and working with co-workers has always been a positive experience.  It’s a blessing to work with a team that acts and feels like a family.

When you’re not at work, how would we find you spending your free time?

You’ll find me hanging with my kids and husband.  Playing Barbies/dinosaurs, riding bikes, and reading books are some of our favorite activities.  My husband and I enjoy gardening and cooking and usually have a yard or house project in the works.

What’s one thing you’d like prospective employees to know about the company?

Prospective employees should know what an innovative company we are.  Quincy Recycle is always striving to improve processes, be more efficient, and is always ready to adapt and grow.  It’s phenomenal how versatile we are!

We are a family here at Quincy Recycle and keeping our family safe is at the top of our priority list.

The entire team is extremely proud of and grateful for Carrie and her commitment to the health and safety of everyone at Quincy Recycle. She truly wants everyone to be Alive and Well.

“Carrie is a go-getter and genuinely cares about the people she works with.  You can see this in her loyalty and commitment to the company.  You won’t find anyone who wouldn’t say this same thing about her!” – Laurie Gilbert (Human Resource Manager, Quincy Recycle)

Creating a strong and positive culture is something we’ve put a lot of work into over the years. It’s why we established our core values, which we hold near and dear. Everyone at Quincy Recycle is committed to living our core values every day. We may be in the recycling business, but we’re also in the people business and we think our people are the best around! Be on the lookout for future employee spotlights. We can’t wait to show off more of the team!

 

Are you interested in learning more about Quincy Recycle?

Check out our About Us page for company background and our Careers page for information on how to join our team.

 

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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 world of manufacturing, you may use this name everyday without knowing where it actually comes from.

The first Gaylord boxes were produced nearly 60 years ago, by The Gaylord Container Company which was originally based in St Louis; hence the name. Originally just one specific type of packing box, the term has evolved over time to encompass many different sizes of box products. There have been some buyouts and headquarter changes, but the company that founded the Gaylord box still exists today.

Gaylord boxes are a vital component to any manufacturing operation. So how would you feel if we told you that you were paying too much for yours? Or that you were costing your company a lot of money by throwing them out?

Well, you probably are.

These boxes can hold hundreds, even thousands of pounds of product. Corrugated cardboard is the star of the show, and makes them physically capable of withstanding intense weights and pressures. Corrugated cardboard is a fancy way of saying reinforced and strong paper products made to resist tears and take a few transit punches along the way.  Suffice it to say these boxes are basically indestructible. So why would anyone only use a box once?

In our one and done society, still usable and functional items are often put to pasture well before their true expiration date, and these boxes are no exception. Sure, you could keep paying $20-$30 for a new box every time you are ready to ship. But we recommend seeing the light at the end of the savings tunnel and paying a fraction of new box cost for a perfectly re-usable used box instead. If you have empties up for grabs we will happily take those as well, saving you invaluable waste removal costs and creating a revenue stream where you once had only costs.

Contact us with questions or to check availability, and let’s see how much we can start saving you today!

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 of a long day. 

That’s why, out of our many Core Values, the most important one is Alive & Well. This job can be a dangerous one. It can mean observing or operating in a plant you just walked into for the first time.  It can mean operating a baler or driving a forklift in the plant you come into everyday while remembering there is a fine line between familiar confidence and foolhardy risk. 

To err is human, to emphasize safety is Quincy Recycle. We start every manager meeting with acknowledgement of safety examples or changes made to improve safety.  We ask our associates to hold each other accountable to our published safety standards on a daily basis. Responsibility for self and others is at the forefront, as well as a focus on learning from past mistakes and near misses. Safety results are always more important than production results, and we would argue that safe manufacturing and processing practices actually herald efficiency. We conduct monthly company wide safety meetings, where we share and train on topics that are critically important to keeping our team members and our facilities safe and we learn from mistakes and near misses.   

But physical safety is more than just showing up to work and staying safe and whole. We also provide free annual physicals and discounted health insurance premiums to our associates who participate in our wellness program. We believe that if you feel good, and you have the tools to be proactive and preemptive with your own personal health, you’ll not only be healthier overall, but you’ll be a more attentive and active employee. Taking care of people is the right thing to do, and it’s just good business. Investing in our people and respecting the roles they play and jobs they do enables us to also empower them to thrive.  

We do all of this because our bottom line is dependent on our people. Our colleagues are an extension of our families. Our jobs entwine together in a web of success, each strand just as important as the next; we need every employee healthy and energized, in order to be the company we want to be.  

Your Waste Audit

The first step to fixing a problem is admitting that you have one. Sorry to hit you with philosophy right out of the starting gate, but we figured time is money, and you’re probably losing some as you read this. How do we know? We know because you’re a manufacturing company and studies show that on average, more than 70% of what you throw out isn’t actually trash at all. 

So what does that mean? It means you’re paying too much for waste removal and replacement products, some of which you could reuse. It means you’re missing out on great free PR; sustainability is on everyone’s minds these days. But most importantly, it means we can help you save more (materials, money, time)  while you waste less. 

We are a national recycling company that specializes in helping manufacturers like you recognize opportunities to improve and start performing at optimum utilization of your resources and inputs (raw materials, packaging, capital, and human resources). We believe profits and sustainability aren’t mutually exclusive. That’s why we do what we do. 

Once our team is able to observe your current sources of waste generation and means of collection and disposal we will develop a plan of action tailored to your various waste byproducts. We will determine what can be reused and give you options when it comes to what can be recycled. Options that will absolutely save overall waste stream costs and quite possibly create revenue streams.  Innovation is the name of our game, both internally and in our waste audit plans. If we can find ways for your process to operate more efficiently and generate less waste, we will help you implement those solutions. What an easy way to engage your team in sustainability goals that improve the thumbprint your facility leaves on our planet and boosts your bottom line.

We don’t stop there, though. Account management teams will continually analyze your waste stream, helping you offset production and waste removal costs even when your process and products change. This is an ongoing process, and we believe there is always room for improvement.  It is a collaborative and team effort.

To us, sustainability is achievable and made possible with Quincy Recycle’s involvement. It requires implementing realistic waste reduction goals that help your overall operational efficiency and showcase your ownership and responsibility in waste stream management. 

Let us help you start to take those small steps today. We’re game if you are.