Waste Audit – Improve Your Company’s Bottom Line

Do you know how your company’s waste and recyclable materials are being handled? Whether you are a new or an established business, a waste audit from Quincy Recycle can help you gain valuable insight into your company’s waste stream. Read on to learn about how a waste stream analysis can help position your business to achieve your waste reduction and sustainability goals.

What is a Waste Audit?

Our comprehensive waste stream analysis looks at your business operations to discover and identify opportunities to improve your waste reduction efforts. We look to find ways to help your business meet your sustainability goals by reducing waste and your landfill costs. Together these efforts help improve your bottom line while creating a positive impact on the environment.

Quincy Recycle uses a 3-step waste evaluation process, otherwise known as the three “M’s.” Measure. Mobilize. Maximize.

We’ll measure your business setup and current recycling needs and goals. Then we’ll mobilize and implement a plan designed to help your business in achieving your waste reduction goals. Finally, we’ll maximize your results through on-going monthly reporting and analysis to ensure the improvements are working as intended.

Let’s take a closer look at each step of the process.

measure your waste streamStep 1 – Measure

To kick things off, our team will do an in-person evaluation of your business operation. Throughout this evaluation, we’ll spend time getting to know your business and your current processes. We’ll review reporting available from your current providers. This could include things like receiving reports, waste hauler statements, and trash reports. We’ll also look closely at the types of materials you are recycling, such as metals, paper, plastics, etc., as well as the items being sent to the landfill.

Is your facility set up in the best way to maximize the stream or flow of your waste while on-site? Our team will look at that, too! This could include analyzing the layout of current equipment and workstations, as well as evaluating whether additional recycling equipment would add value and create efficiencies in how you manage your waste at your facility.

The overarching goal of the Measure step of the process is to help us gain a holistic view of how your waste stream is currently managed from start to finish. With this information, we can provide you with actionable recommendations that will lower your costs while diverting materials from landfills.

Step 2 – Mobilize

The audit is complete and we’ve delivered a comprehensive and customized proposal with specific steps to minimize your waste and improve your bottom line. The next step is to mobilize and implement these process improvements.

Are you throwing something away that could otherwise be used? We’ll use our national network to find someone who can reuse and re-purpose your waste in the creation of new consumer goods. Could your facility benefit from new or different recycling equipment? Our equipment division can set you up with the right tools for the job. Don’t have the time to deal with recycling logistics? Our in-house logistics and fleet teams make it easy and take the guesswork out of managing your waste stream.

Every business is different so our recommendations are never a one-size-fits-all solution. We customize our recommendations for your business and design plans to help you reduce costs and waste simultaneously.

measure and optimizeStep 3 – Maximize

The final step! By now you should expect to see tangible improvements in how your waste stream is being managed. But, how can you be sure? To help ensure we are maximizing your results, your business will receive on-going monthly reporting from Quincy Recycle. That reporting will include metrics around cost savings, revenue gains, landfill diversion amounts, and material management.

This on-going reporting will show you two main things. First, the environmental impact. We’ll show you how your material is being managed, and you will learn just how much of your waste has been kept out of landfills as a result of the waste stream improvements that have been put in place.

Second is the impact on your business’ bottom line. The environmental impact from an efficiently managed waste stream is awesome, but it often translates to cost savings for your business as well. Sending waste to the landfill costs money. By diverting your waste from the landfill, you’ll avoid disposal costs, helping your company’s bottom line. As you can see, it’s a win-win.

Long-Lasting Partnerships

At Quincy Recycle we make it a priority to help every one of our partners achieve their sustainability and waste reduction goals. The waste audit is the first step to making that happen, but it doesn’t stop there.

Is something not working right? Or maybe you’ve added a waste stream to your business. Whatever the case, we’re here for you. Change happens. The needs of your business may be different five years from now. The market may very well be different five years from now as well. When you partner with Quincy Recycle, you’ll have someone you can rely on to navigate changes down the road.

Recycling is what we do here at Quincy Recycle. So, if you’re looking for a long-term partner to help your business maximize its waste stream output and results, give us a call. We’d love to discuss how we can help your business take the first step towards a more sustainable future.

About Quincy Recycle

We solve waste stream problems for manufacturers and other industrial suppliers. With over 45 years in the business, we handle paperplastic, and metal recycling, and help clients build sustainable waste reduction processes within their business.


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Service Spotlight: Quincy Recycle’s Brokerage Division

Here at Quincy Recycle, we place a high importance in fostering long-lasting relationships with our partners. We focus on providing reliable, consistent services for our customers because it’s an integral part of building success for their business. Read on to learn how we’ve applied this approach within our brokerage division.

How can Quincy Recycle’s brokerage division help?

We believe in building relationships and being a one-stop-shop for your waste and recycling needs, and we can do that through our brokerage business. We arrange to remove recycling commodities from your facility and get it directly to the businesses who need it – helping you meet your waste reduction and sustainability goals in the process. We stand out from other companies through:

  • Financial Strength: We have the ability to pay clients fast and make the process much quicker than the industry standard.
  • Reliable Partnerships: We have an unmatched network of recycling commodity processors that we’ve established during our 45 years in the industry. We know exactly where to sell your goods to get the best price and service. Our partners are located across the United States, so we can service your locations nationally.
  • Excellent Communication: Our team is committed to open and honest communication. We are professional, transparent, and collaborative. We make sure you understand the state of the market, pricing, and the day-to-day logistics of getting the scrap removed from your facility.

We serve as the connection for businesses who are in need of waste management services, and the reliable paper mills and plastic processors who can handle that waste. Not only will we remove the commodities from your facility, but often are able to create additional value for your business through the partnerships we establish. Pretty nice, isn’t it?

How does the brokerage division work?

A brokerage relationship with Quincy Recycle starts the same as all of our relationships. We first take the time to see, listen, and understand the unique scrap and waste problems of your business. Once we understand your business on a deeper level, we can recommend the best waste management solution.

If a brokerage deal is the best option for your business, our team will start by setting a strategy, finding you the best pricing, and laying the foundation for the relationship. After this is settled, we will work with our Sales Coordinators on the details and execution. You can rely on our team to coordinate shipping and logistics, establishing a recurring frequency and cadence for scrap material pickups.

“People should know that we operate in a diverse industry, with an ever-fluctuating marketplace when it comes to freight. This can present many challenges in our search for the most effective rates while still providing the best service possible.” – Shelly Rueda, Sales Coordinator, Quincy Recycle

We never take physical possession of the recycling commodities. It’s our job to make sure your excess scrap is picked up timely and handed off to someone who can make the most of these materials – and we take our job seriously. Through our Collections & Logistics service, we can arrange for flexible pickup times that are convenient for your business. Our team works with the most reliable and cost-efficient transportation companies to ensure we are generating the most value for your business.

How our diligent teammates led to the success of our business

Over the years, our brokerage division has expanded as a result of the most trustworthy connections to companies who can help us solve our customers’ problems. But our business grew to be successful because of our committed team. Associates like Brian Sixsmith (Sales) and Shelly Rueda (Sales Coordinator) from our Chicago plant continue to create a valuable impact for our brokerage business through communicating to customers in a consistent manner, their expertise in trading, and building a strong customer network. This results in expanding who we work with and sell to.

“Shelly and I work closely as a team and are in constant communication to make sure loads are picked up and service needs are being met. We take the time to learn our vendor’s business and are proactive when we see irregularities in their service requests.” – Brian Sixsmith, Sales, Quincy Recycle

Their teamwork is essential to our business, and without their extraordinary customer service and leadership, our brokerage business wouldn’t be where we are today! We’re able to make better relationships with customers, and proven that we’re more than just a broker – we’re your strategic partner for all of your recycling and waste handling needs.

Long-Lasting Partnerships

At Quincy Recycle, we make it a priority to help each and every client achieve their sustainability and waste reduction goals. It’s more than just sales and service. When you partner with Quincy Recycle, you’ll have someone you can rely on to navigate changes down the road. Contact our team today to learn more about our brokerage business.

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 waste reduction processes within their business.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for the latest in industry news, recycling trends, and more! Also, check out our newest facility we are opening in Green Bay, WI, and visit our Careers page for information on how to join our team.

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New Quincy Recycling Facility Coming to Green Bay, WI

Here at Quincy Recycle, we pride ourselves on providing recycling and waste management solutions across the United States. We own and operate plants strategically located in the Midwest to help us efficiently process and move materials. These plant locations are critical to us being able to continue to provide the top-notch service our customers have come to expect from Quincy Recycle. That’s why we are excited to officially announce that we are launching our eighth facility in Green Bay, WI.

The Journey to Green Bay

Marshall Harting, General Manager at Quincy Recycle - West Bend, WIThe addition of the new Green Bay facility became an obvious next step for the business, and a natural expansion for our team. Success of operations in West Bend, approximately 100 miles South, was a crucial building block. As our dedicated Sales team continued to find new recycling partners in this area and as the amount of business opportunities in northern Wisconsin continued to increase, it became clear that Green Bay will be an important location for the Quincy Recycle business long-term.

General Manager, Marshall Harting, commented,

“The new Green Bay plant further aligns Quincy Recycle to meet the long-term supply needs of the recycling industry as it continues to grow and evolve. There is a real sense of pride from the entire Quincy Recycle team to be strategically expanding our footprint in the Midwest; growing our capabilities within the industry and offering increased service and new innovative recycling solutions to our partners throughout Wisconsin.”

Setting up Equipment & Operations

quincy recycle green bay wisconsin facility

We took possession of the 64K square foot facility on September 1 and will be investing heavily in facility and equipment setup through the rest of the year. We will also be hiring key team members to help us operate the facility. Similar to existing Quincy Recycle facilities, the Green Bay facility will operate primarily within the fiber and plastic commodity markets.

Quincy Recycling Careers

Quincy Recycle estimates needing to hire more than 20 new employees in Green Bay within the next twelve months to operate the facility, with an anticipated production start date of January 1, 2021. Check out our About Us page to learn more about who we are and the type of team and work environment you can expect. Interested in joining the team? Submit your application through the link on our Careers page.

About Quincy Recycle

Founded in 1974, Quincy Recycle solves waste stream problems for manufacturers and commercial businesses with its large nationwide network and creative solutions-based culture. With a goal of efficiently diverting waste from landfills and minimizing client costs, Quincy’s primary business is providing paper, plastic, and food waste recycling services. The Midwestern based company is also a major supplier and buyer of gaylord boxes and commercial recycling equipment.

Employee Spotlight: Eric Savage

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! (more…)