Industrial and Commercial Manufacturers have a lot going on within their facilities. They are moving a ton of product in and out every day and producing a lot of scrap recyclable material along the way. Finding an efficient way to manage and prepare that scrap for recycling is an area many just simply don’t know where to start. Wouldn’t it be nice to partner with someone who can help you find the best recycling equipment for your business?
That’s where Quincy Recycle can help. We partner with companies all over the U.S. to help them achieve their waste reduction and sustainability goals. Our Equipment Sales and Service division is just one of the many services we offer to make it easy for our partners to manage their waste stream.
Helping companies manage their waste stream from early on.
Here at Quincy Recycle, we’ve always worked to help our customers get connected with the right equipment for their business’ needs. Over the years, many of our partners would come to us with questions and for help with their equipment needs. After a while, we started thinking – what if we took a more proactive approach to this side of our business? So, that’s just what we did.
Tom Saylor heads up the Equipment Division here at Quincy Recycle and he’s been hard at work establishing a nationwide network of service providers to help our partners from coast-to-coast.
“We take a personal approach with each of our customers/vendors to find the right piece of equipment for their needs.“ – Tom Saylor, General Manager – Quincy Recycle Equipment Division
It’s more than just sales and service. Through the process, we also help educate our partners on how to make it easier to put their waste stream to better use.
Flexible Commercial Recycling Equipment Solutions
Choosing recycling equipment is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Each business’ needs are different. Quincy Recycle is an authorized distributor of a wide range of recycling equipment from several equipment suppliers. That’s important to us and our partners because it provides the flexibility to secure the best equipment for each of the businesses we work with. Here are just a few of the more common pieces of equipment you’ll find our vendor partners using in their facilities.
A Vertical Baler is often considered an introductory style machine and can handle waste streams up to 50 tons of material each month.
These machines typically include a conveyor system and are suitable for helping prepare a variety of different materials, such as cardboard, paper, and plastics for efficient transport.
You’ll find compactors almost anywhere where waste is managed, and they are extremely versatile. With several styles available, it’s easy to find an option that makes sense for your business.
Why is the Equipment Sales and Service Division so important?
For us, it’s another piece of the puzzle to building a complete, one-stop solution for our vendors and customers. Managing the logistics of the recycling process can be daunting and it’s important for us to make that process as easy as possible for our partners. That starts with setting them up with the best equipment for their facility.
Since they can process and bale their scrap right away, it’s easier to keep organized and contained while still in their facility. No loose scrap lying around means a cleaner and more importantly, a safer facility. Plus, the right equipment allows for a much more efficient way for customers to prepare their scrap for pickup and transit.
Without the right equipment, manufacturers may be forced to either pay to have someone haul their material to the landfill, which is bad for their bottom line and the environment OR pay extra to send loose scrap to be sorted by hand at a recycling facility. By taking full advantage of our Equipment Sales and Service team, our partners avoid those extra costs, and not to mention – valuable time.
So, how can Equipment Sales and Service from Quincy Recycle help make the recycling process run smoother for your business? It’s simple really. We set you up with the right equipment for your business. Our team listens to your pain points and takes the time to understand what it’ll take to help put your waste stream to work for you.
Ready to learn more?
Contact our team today for a free quote on recycling equipment. We offer multiple purchase options including; Purchase Outright, Lease to Own, and Rental. Our team will work closely with you to find the right equipment and purchasing solution to meet your needs.
About Quincy Recycle
We solve waste stream problems for manufacturers and other industrial suppliers. With over 45 years in the business, we handle paper, plastic, and metal recycling, and help clients build sustainable waste reduction processes within their business.
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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 and Operations Manager to his eventual Managerial position overseeing the entire Chicago territory.
It was, in fact, his drive that motivated him to take on both maintenance and general floor manager responsibilities until ultimately another maintenance manager was hired. Now, John could focus purely on overseeing the safety and smooth operations on the floor. Fast-forward a decade or two later, and John is not only the manager of one of the biggest teams at Quincy Recycle but has assisted in the opening of several other plants across the Midwest.
The following interview is an inspiring reminder to “Be Courageous & Try It”.
When did you start with Quincy recycle? How did you come into your role as maintenance and operations manager?
So, there was a position open for maintenance. And my wife said, “Hey, you want to check this out?” “And I was like, yeah, maybe.” And I ended up taking it; that was back in January of 2003.
I did the Maintenance and Operations job for a little bit until I noticed that there wasn’t anybody managing on the floor operationally. So I started doing both. And then Bryan Stokes asked, “Why don’t we just hire another maintenance guy and you become general operations?” So that’s what happened. We built a newer building in Quincy and got a bigger baler; that’s when we started expanding. We bought the building in the Chicagoland area, and Bryan asked me to transfer up North to become the Operations Manager.
As time went by, we started opening up other plants. I helped open the West Bend, Wisconsin facility, and helped open/run the facilities in Indiana. Currently, I am the General Manager of the Chicago location.
It’s been pretty fun to watch the company grow. I mean, it’s a lot bigger than it was when I first started. That’s for sure.
If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite? Why?
There are actually two. One is “Alive & Well.” It’s busy, there’s a lot of heavy, heavy machinery.
It’s not the most glamorous job in the world. It’s essential that we make sure our employees follow OSHA rules, follow[RC1] our Quincy Recycle safety guidelines, and make sure they come to work happy. Ultimately, they get to go home to their families, safe and sound.
That kind of leads into “One Team, One Dream, One Family”. I have a group of salespeople, the ALC team, my plant employees, and I need to make sure that we’re all reaching our goals financially to support our families.
What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?
When I started with Quincy Recycle, I had never been around a baler. I has to learn the ins and outs of it, how to work on forklifts and other machinery in the plant. With managing, I guess the most challenging thing about Operations is getting the people on the floor to respect you as a leader. When I came into the role, I was inexperienced in comparison to those I was now going to manage . I had to get in the trenches with them to learn what we do and how we do it. That helped shape me into the manager that I am today.
Overall, I think in operations, it’s pretty easy to gain respect when you know what you’re doing, and you do it well. I’ve never been a skybox manager, just watching them from my office, I was on the floor helping them with their challenges of the day.
What was the most surprising/ fun thing to learn?
For me, it would be how we make money. Figuring out what we can do different operationally; what can we upgrade? What can we change to make the company the most amount of money? Taking risks, you know, trying to do things outside of the box. Just really getting involved and not saying, “Well, this is how we’ve done it.” So that’s the fun thing, just being allowed to try. It’s my plant here in Chicago.
What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?
The camaraderie of the team. I’ve been doing this for 19 years, and there’s not one day that I don’t feel like I want to go to work. It’s just a fun environment.
What would you like curious prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?
That it’s a great environment in which to work, it’s not a corporate environment. It’s a family, more like friends; we’re hard-working, full of gratitude for each other. It’s just a great place to work.
What are some of your hobbies you like to do outside of work?
I like to golf. Go to the gym when I can. I do yoga on the weekends. And then I like to do some yard work. Just stuff like that around the house.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?
The work you do is hard work. But not everybody can do it. If everybody could do it, you wouldn’t have a job.
If you had to pick a song to portray the essence/ culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be?
“God Gave Me You”, by Blake Shelton
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 the waste removal industry. They come together to build a workplace born of commitment; one that is open to evolution for the good of all. Our goals may seem lofty to some, but never to us. We know we have what it takes to succeed, and if we stumble, we always get back up and build upon what works to ultimately meet our goals.
Our people are dedicated to our collective processes, goals, and follow-through, which means a promise made is a promise kept. They come to work prepared, focused, and ready to support each other as a team. This commitment fosters tenacious ambition, and follow-through leads to those ambitions being realized.
Confidence that they have full and steadfast support goes a long way for our team. Our employees know they will have people in their corner to help them make moves with bold strokes. It’s these bold strokes that give us an edge as a company, and keep us agile and competitive. No one ever got ahead by playing it safe (in terms of innovative ideas; our commitment to safety in the physical workplace remains uncompromising) so our employees are driven to transform and deliver results.
All of this combines together and creates an environment full of creativity, tenacity, commitment, and victory. It means we are always ready to conquer, reach new heights, break through barriers, and come out on top. These Core Values, along with our mission and our people make us who we are. We owe them credit for all we’ve been able to do, as well as our future accomplishments and successes.
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 of our Core Values.
Our employees are always asking, “But what if it could be better?” They blend creativity and data with our market, customers, and vendors always in mind. We all embrace working in the here and now while looking forward to the future. This means that we’re able to implement solutions that work for today but will also grow into tomorrow.
We’re always searching for a deeper understanding of our clients and their needs; again asking the questions that need to be asked in order to perfect our process. We’re never afraid to try something new, to see if it can help us further streamline waste removal processes, and add to the increased savings and productivity we give our clients.
These values also influence the way that we hire. People are multifaceted, and we take great care into choosing the right individuals with their own special talents to join our team. We encourage the various talents of our cohorts and see how they can work together to form a comprehensive unit with a full perspective. Our people listen dedicatedly, question boldly, and implement new solutions bravely.
This means our people want to work hard, but as a team. For the whole. To see this company succeed. It also means that we don’t implement solutions out of thin air; we’re always open to trying new things, but risks must be, for lack of a better word, strategized. We consult data and analysis to figure out new ways to go.
The ability to truly listen, ask hard questions, and meet the answers openly is vital to our tactics and services, and we’re glad we’ve assembled a team that’s intelligent and agile enough to seek only the most efficient solutions.