Business Review
Sustainable Waste Management - North America

 

Randy Bourland, Plant Manager, Malcolm Clemons, Maintenance Technician and Edward Lopez, Quality Manager, review the optical sorter at Greenstar’s newest materials recovery facility in San Antonio, Texas.  With the ability to process 20,000 tons per month, the plant is the largest in Texas and one of the largest and most automated single-stream facilities in North America. 

 

Leading Recycling-Led Waste Management Company
Greenstar North America is a leading recycling company with a focus on the recycle processing, commodity upgrading, managed services and commodity trading sectors of the solid waste market. During 2010, Greenstar responded to trading challenges with a series of decisive actions around cost reduction and margin management, while maintaining the build-out of its platform in recognition of the long-term opportunities in the North American recycling market.

 

The delivery of a successful restructuring programme has created a firm foundation from which Greenstar can continue to extend its market reach into a sector that offers significant growth opportunities. With operations across the Midwest, Southwest and Northeast, Greenstar currently handles two million tons annually in North America, with 14 material recovery facilities and over 10,000 managed retail and commercial locations across all 50 states.

 

Roll-Out of Innovative Recycling Infrastructure
In June 2009, Greenstar opened a new recycling facility in San Antonio, Texas. The plant is among the largest, most automated single stream facilities in North America and is the largest in Texas. It was built to capture the significant growth potential of commercial and municipal waste in surrounding areas.

 

In May 2010, the company opened a new Single Stream Recycling facility in Des Moines, Iowa. The facility utilises advanced technology, which provides highly automated sorting and processing capabilities with throughput per hour increasing by five times over the previous facility. Participants in the Des Moines metro area have responded favourably to the convenience of the single stream system with a 30% growth in recycled volume since the new program was launched.

 

Committed to a ‘Green’ Future
Recognised as a Climate Leader by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Greenstar has set a goal to reduce emissions at its 14 recycling facilities by ten percent within the next five years. Annually, Greenstar recycles two million tons of recyclables and, based on EPA estimates, Greenstar is reducing emissions by approximately six million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, or the equivalent of preserving six million cubic yards of landfill space.

 

Continued Leadership & Future Growth
North America’s recycling rates are more than 50% behind those of Europe, creating a market opportunity with significant potential for future growth. With a footprint of six strategic large-scale state-of-the-art facilities stretching from Houston to Pittsburgh, supported by a network of a further eight facilities, Greenstar has established a solid foundation to seize opportunities for further growth and consolidate its market-leading position.

Greenstar North America

Randy Bourland, Plant Manager, Malcolm Clemons, Maintenance Technician and Edward Lopez, Quality Manager, review the optical sorter at Greenstar’s newest materials recovery facility in San Antonio, Texas.  With the ability to process 20,000 tons per month, the plant is the largest in Texas and one of the largest and most automated single-stream facilities in North America. 
In June 2009, Greenstar opened a new recycling facility in San Antonio, Texas. The plant is among the largest, most automated single stream facilities in North America and is the largest in Texas.