Since 1993, Valley Packaging Industries has supported recycling efforts in the greater Fox Valley area, by partnering with Outagamie County Recycling and Solid Waste to provide staffing needs for the county’s recycling program.
In 2009, this successful partnership took recycling efficiencies to a new level when the Tri-County Single Stream Recycling Facility was built, which resulted from a 2007 agreement made between Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago counties. This high-tech facility is one of the largest publicly owned, single-stream recycling facilities in the U.S.
The recycling facility now staffs over 60 Valley Packaging employees within the 2-shift operation and has the capability of processing up to 100,000 tons of recyclables annually. This facility serves nearly all of Northeast Wisconsin, approximately 16% of Wisconsin’s population.
While the facility uses specialized equipment (disc screens) to separate paper from containers, a need for manual sorting still exists. That’s where Valley Packaging employees make the difference!
What do Valley Packaging’s employees do at the facility?
- Material Sorters – Separate recyclable materials (cardboard, paper, metal cans, and plastics) by hand from conveyor belts and remove non-recyclable material and perform other labor duties, including: sweeping, cleaning, and traffic control.
- Forklift Operators – Operate an equipped industrial forklift or clamp to move materials in the warehouse region and load/unload truck trailers and shipping containers.
After the recyclable materials are sorted, they are compressed into storage bales for shipping. Then, they are sold to companies to re-manufacture the materials into new products! Valley Packaging employees play an important role in benefiting our community and the environment by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and combustion facilities. We are committed to sustaining the environment for future generations.