In 2008, to systematically support and blend these businesses as a growing national brand, Steve and his partners created Green Planet 21. Interacting closely with customers, Green Planet 21 researches and designs custom systems for handling, processing, and reducing large volumes of waste material. Green Planet 21 finds monetary value in scrap or by-products commonly sent to landfills. Green Planet 21 has designed custom recycling solutions for 70 Fortune 500 companies, taking several to zero landfill.
Steve’s has visited more than 150 paper mills in Asia and roughly 40 paper mills in the U.S. Steve took up traveling at an early age. As a result, his worldview has been shaped by visits to more than 75 countries, mostly for pleasure. Steve earned a BA in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in June 1971. Steve says, “It has been interesting seeing the industry morph from an afterthought in the consciousness of green minded individuals to the forefront of the news. In 1975, I was the 3rd person in recycling in the Western U.S. with a 4-year college degree. Now, the Industry attracts some of the best and brightest.”
Green Planet 21 collects and processes large volumes of scrap cardboard and paper for recycling. From eight Company facilities and four U.S. Ports, we ship large volumes of material to paper mills in America and around the world. In addition to cardboard and paper recycling, Green Planet 21 finds better ways to handle unused plastics, metals, textiles, and food products. For example, packaging is separated and recycled while the food inside is composted or bio-digested.
We serve manufacturers, distribution centers, retail operations, military bases, and others. We work with you and your team within your operations. We guide businesses to zero landfill as they recycle more and begin to lower transportation and waste disposal costs. As a product destruction company, we handle unsellable, outdated, and flawed merchandise. Further, Green Planet 21 provides secure destruction services for confidential paper documents and electronic media.
Our half a century of expertise and leadership benefits your business. Green Planet 21 uses the most efficient industrial recycling equipment to reduce trash volumes, recycle more paper and cardboard, lower hauling and waste disposal costs, and divert tonnage from landfills. We offer waste audit services, environmental sustainability consulting, and efficient waste stream management.
Our environmental services group serves more than 1,000 corporate, municipal, and military customers in 34 states. During the past four decades, we have designed solutions for 70 Fortune 500 companies, helping several to zero landfill. As a result, we generate social, environmental, and financial gains.