As appeared in Recycling Today (March 2023), Staying the Course by Marissa McNees.
Staying the Course
Kathy DeLano from Dallas-based Texas Recycling was quoted as an expert on market predictions months after high-grade premiums reached historic highs.
In October 2022, a panel of experts gathered for a session at the Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference (PPRC) in Chicago to discuss how the pandemic affected operations and what the market fluctuations have meant for their businesses. The discussion, moderated by Kari Talvola, president and CEO of Fibre Trade Inc., Burlingame, California, included Kathy DeLano, vice president of sales at Texas Recycling in Dallas; Ysabelle Dupuis, supply and logistic director at Kruger Recycling in Quebec; and Ron Gable, senior vice president of performance and operations and Proshred Security and Redishred Capital Corp. in Ontario.
Earth Day is April 22 this year. Recycling is such an important part of protecting our environment, so we thought that Earth Day would be the perfect time to discuss steps we can take now to ensure recyclables remain a part of our future.
Though we have come a long way, the current recycling system has some challenges. Reducing waste and not tossing recyclable items in the trash are fundamental to our communities’ ability to help the environment. Unfortunately, even with societal awareness of reducing waste growing, many municipal recycling programs are being discontinued. This is due to an over-supply of recyclables and the costs of processing them for municipalities.
Texas Recycling Inc. (Dallas) has received a Distinguished Community Award from the Dallas Police Department for its work and partnership in the community around its Dallas recycling plant.
In 2015, Texas Recycling moved from a light industrial/warehouse area of Dallas to a location among well-established neighborhoods and an elementary school. “Many eyes were on us, and a NIMBY attitude existed,” says Joel Litman, president and co-owner.
Texas Recycling saw its move as an opportunity to become engaged in the community. In neighborhood meetings and at open houses in its facility, the Dallas recycling plant pledged to be a good neighbor and have a positive, active presence in the community. Neighborhood association leaders as well as officers at the local Jubilee Park police station encouraged residents and city officials to give Texas Recycling a chance.
“Since then,” Litman says, “we’ve stepped up whenever there was a need in the community.” Texas Recycling’s community-focused actions have included: ■ providing transportation to move pallets of food to neighborhood distribution areas during the COVID shutdown; ■ donating funds for summer camp at the nearby Jubilee Park community center; ■ providing resources for the police department’s neighborhood Christmas toy drive; ■ participating in National Night Out and back-to-school picnics; ■ supporting scholarships for high school seniors provided by the Dallas Police Department; ■ joining neighborhood crime watch programs; and ■ providing jobs to neighborhood residents.
“This award validates the partnership our company has forged with the Dallas Police Department, the neighborhood associations, and the community at our commercial home in this part of the city near Jubilee Park,” Litman says. “The award also confirms the trust and friendship our company has worked hard to create and sustain among the law enforcement and residential communities.”
This is Texas Recycling’s first Distinguished Community Award, though the Dallas recycling plant has been recognized in the past by the local Jubilee Park police station.
DALLAS, TEXAS (March 2023): Texas Recycling, a three-generation family-owned Dallas recycling plant in Dallas, TX is excited to announce the arrival of a new state-of-the-art material handler. The new equipment, affectionally named “Big Red,” will help the company load and weigh oversized and unprepared metal recycling materials and more in half the time of previous equipment. Big Red is manufactured by Taylor Machine Works in Louisville, Mississippi. There are several sizes—many of which are currently being used by pipe and steel producers in Texas. Texas Recycling’s T-1035V model is smaller than those but still weighs over 20 tons and sports a capacity 300% higher than previous metal recycling equipment.
Americans create more than 200 million tons of trash each year. Everywhere you look there are services, programs, and educational promotions pushing the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling as much of that waste stream as possible. Common recyclable items include paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum and steel cans, textile and fabric materials, and electronics. It would be great to recycle our planet to zero waste. But how do we find out exactly what can be recycled? Are there unique items we are throwing away because the public doesn’t know that they are recyclable?