Recycling – It’s What We Do

The recycling industry is changing. In fact, it has been changing for some time. For many, recycling just doesn’t look the same as it did even four months ago, but here at Quincy Recycle, we’ve been preparing for and driving change for many years.

We are in the business of helping companies keep their recyclable scrap material out of landfills and instead find more sustainable options for their waste. What we do at Quincy Recycle really hasn’t changed too much in recent months, but we have had a unique opportunity to help our vendors and customers explore more creative ways to manage their scrap material.

How is the Recycling Industry changing?

Everyone is living their lives differently right now and the supply and demand balances of recyclable materials have shifted. Take for instance recovered fiber material such as scrap paper and corrugated fiber. We’re spending more and more time at home which means we’re not going to restaurants and sporting events. Those types of places use a lot of products made from recycled scrap material. Think brown paper napkins, paper towels, or even the cardboard boxes those products are shipped in. And, because we’re not going to these places, there is not as much demand for many of these typical “away from home” products.

Many consumers, however, are still committed to buying sustainable products made with recyclable scrap material. So, while the demand for scrap is down, there is still a need. That’s good news for the recycling industry but does pose a unique challenge.

Like consumers, businesses are also still committed to sustainable solutions for their waste streams. But, because the typical outlets and uses for many types of scrap material have changed, companies are left wondering how to manage their waste stream now more than ever. That’s where Quincy Recycle can help.

Staying the course

We love what we do. We love helping businesses keep their scrap out of landfills. It’s what we’ve been doing for over 45 years. We’ve built our business on strong relationships. Everyone’s recycling needs are different, which is why we take a personal approach. We get to know you and your business so we can design solutions that are sure to meet your needs.

Our partners trust Quincy Recycle to solve their waste stream problems, and we love it! Our team thrives on stepping up to a challenge. That’s why with the changes taking place in the industry, you’ll find our team continuing to lead the way.

“Our team is working harder and being more creative than ever in helping our partners with non-landfill options for their scrap material.” – Kurt McLaughlin, VP – Sales and Marketing at Quincy Recycle

Committed to non-landfill alternatives

For years our goal has been to help companies divert their scrap from landfills. Even with the shift that we’re seeing in the recycling industry, our approach, focus, and services have remained the same. We continue to support our partners in achieving their waste reduction goals. How do we do it? Check out our new “What We Do” video to find out.

Do you have a waste stream problem?

We’d love to solve it for you! We have an expansive national network, so no matter where you are, we can help. Give us a call and together we’ll design custom solutions to help achieve your sustainability goals.

 

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Employee Spotlight: Josh Hall

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?

2020

What was your job title when you started?

Maintenance Technician

What is your current title?

Maintenance Technician

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

Be courageous, Try it!

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.

bales of commingled plastic loads

Your Partner in Recycling Commingled Plastic Loads

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.

Waste sorting plant conveyors filled with various plastic waste

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.

Employee Spotlight: Nathan Boyer

When it comes to being a team player, others may be as good but no one does it better than Nathan Boyer at Quincy Farm Products. According to Operations Manager Stephen Jones, “Nathan is everything great about QFP, an awesome family man and a really hard worker. He cares about all of our people deeply and wants to provide a safe and fun work environment. We are truly lucky to have him on our team.” Jones also added, “Nathan embodies ‘Be Courageous and Try It‘. He’s willing to try anything that makes the business better and is ok if it fails to pick the pieces up and try again. It’s easy to see why Nathan is such a valued member of our team.

When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

October 2016

What was your job title when you started?

Plant Manager

What is your current title?

Plant Manager

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

One Team One Dream One Family

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

The different feed ingredients and their applications

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

The business as a whole

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

The passion our team has for the business

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

To know that our employees matter we take their safety and wellbeing very seriously

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Hunting Fishing and most important my grandson Bronson

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

Are you a cow or a buffalo will you run from the storm or face it head on

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

House of Pain (Jump Around),  just because its a fun song have fun with your job