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Doing The Right Thing Pays Off

We believe that sending reusable resources to a landfill is not only bad for the environment, it is bad for business. And we don’t just talk the talk. As a Zero Landfill company ourselves, we know the value firsthand. By working with us, you not only increase revenue, you also make a strong statement to your customers and staff that you care about doing what’s right.


Northstar Recycling is a fifth-generation, family-run company. We offer a level of personalized service unparalleled in the industry and everybody plays a part. Take a second and get a brief introduction to our team of recycling experts.


Noah Goodman


“Formula for failure: try to please everyone.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: With over 16 years experience in the recycling industry, Noah Goodman is known as an honest and straightforward executive. With his mathematics background, Noah designs straightforward, linear recycling solutions that work. Noah is the co-leader of Northstar and is accountable for Sales, Marketing, and Finance.

EDUCATION:B.S. in Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania

NOAH AFTER WORK: Noah’s time after work is dedicated to his wife Lori and his three boys, Ryan, Ben, and Ethan. An avid sports enthusiast, Noah enjoys playing golf and coaching his three sons in their sporting endeavors year round. Noah is heavily invested in his community where he supports the Jewish Community Center and the Jimmy Fund.


Seth Goodman


“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: With over 20 years experience in the recycling industry, Seth is known as a compassionate and inspiring leader by his customers and colleagues. Drawing on his strategic thinking and capacity to drive breakthrough results, Seth is the co-leader of Northstar and is focused on providing ongoing value and innovative solutions to all Northstar clients.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Finance, Lehigh University

SETH AFTER WORK: Seth values spending time with his wife, Jenna, and their three children, Jake, Rachel and Carly. Seth is actively involved with YPO where he holds a leadership position in the Western New England Chapter, and is committed to his community where he supports the Jewish Community Center and the Jimmy Fund. Seth is also a competitive runner and enjoys golfing, hoping to play the top 100 courses in the United States.


Adam Goodman

Commodity Sales Executive

“I focus on creating long term, mutually beneficial relationships with my suppliers and customers.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: With over 18 years in the recycling industry focusing on Job Lot Paper programs, Adam Goodman is known as an enthusiastic and dedicated partner to his suppliers and customers. Adam’s responsibilities include sourcing, customer service and business development centered around Job Lot Paper.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Management, Bryant University

ADAM AFTER WORK: Known as “Ace” to friends and family, Adam spends his off hours dedicated to his wife Tracy and two daughters Sydney and Madison. Adam is an avid sports enthusiast and nothing pleases him more than his love for Golf, The Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.


Cort Koenig

Sales Executive

“Hard work always precedes success.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Cort joined Northstar in 2014 after gaining extensive manufacturing and distribution experience in the Food & Beverage industry. He also built expert corporate relationship management skills working with Fortune 500 clients at Nike. Cort is known for being very hard working and extremely easy to work with, and his even keeled disposition allows him to calmly resolve even the most difficult situations.

EDUCATION: B.S. Environmental Studies and Biochemistry, Western Washington University.

CORT AFTER WORK: A former collegiate athlete, Cort is as active as possible in his free time. He enjoys golf, skiing, surfing, and on occasion just relaxing on the beach. Cort also takes great pleasure spending time with his family and friends, unwinding with good food and drink, and making sure everyone has a good time.


John Trovato

Vice President of Commodity Sales

“My greatest reward in this business is that my suppliers have an inherent trust in the fact that I always have their best interests in mind.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: John grew up in the wastepaper business, spending summers working for his dad at a paper mill in NJ. He joined Northstar in 2000, where he leverages his vast recycling and operational expertise to provide customized recycling programs. John is known for finding unique end uses for “hard to move” commodities, and has saved his clients MILLIONS of dollars per year in disposal fees.

EDUCATION: B. S. in Management & Marketing, University of Delaware

JOHN AFTER WORK: A beach bum at heart, John loves to travel as long as there is white sand, good food and a bottle of wine nearby. Otherwise he enjoys relaxing at home with his wife Pamela and his sons Elio and Luca. John is also actively involved with Lungevity, a Lung Cancer Research charity.


Liz Karnuk

Client Development Executive

“I approach each day as a new opportunity to do my best and strive to make my work a representation of that.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: With over a decade of experience in the service industry, Liz has devoted her career to bringing integrity, dedication and joy to her work. Her ability to forge enduring client relationships combined with her strong background in customer service gives her an understanding and appreciation for client expectations.

LIZ AFTER WORK: Liz thoroughly enjoys her time outdoors, traveling and quality time with family and friends. Knowing there are always those less fortunate, Liz continuously donates to our troops, has spent time as a Big Sister and continues her long-standing personal commitment to donate to the Red Cross through Apheresis.


Brian Ulbricht

Commodity Sales Executive

“I pay fair market value for recyclables, develop programs based on the needs of each facility, deliver world class service, and follow through with my promises.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Brian joined Northstar after gaining valuable experience in the printing industry, and he now manages programs that generate over 1 million pounds of recyclable material each month. Brian’s relationship management and recycling expertise allows his clients to increase recycling revenues and achieve Zero Landfill.

EDUCATION: Management, Cornell University

BRIAN AFTER WORK: As a former collegiate athlete, Brian recognizes the values and principles athletics teach our youth. For nearly a decade, he has coached Middle School football in his hometown. Without the whistle, Brian spends time with his wife, Holly, and their dogs, Chili and Winston.


Jennifer Duquette


“Doing the right thing is not easy, but it makes you stronger”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jennifer has over 14 years experience managing accounts in the recycling industry, and genuinely enjoys helping her partners effectively run their recycling programs. Jennifer provides a unique combination of expert knowledge and great people skills, and is always willing to go above and beyond for her clients and colleagues.

EDUCATION: Associates Degree in Human Services, Springfield Technical Community College

JENIFFER AFTER WORK: Jennifer likes to read and go camping, but spends most of her free time watching her husband Scott, son Drew, and daughter Gillian play hockey, soccer and basketball.


Jennifer Faltz

Account Manager

“I have found that treating people the way I like to be treated is the best way to build lasting relationships”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jennifer has more than 15 years experience in the recycling industry, and her expert solutions quickly surpass her client’s expectations. Jennifer is known for her ability to multitask, always meeting deadlines, and her skill at managing relationships.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Social Work, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

JENNIFER AFTER WORK: Jennifer spends her off hours dedicated to her husband, Anthony and her two children, Dominic and Sophia. She also enjoys home improvements, going to dinner and the movies with friends, and the beach.


Annette Maruca

Account Manager

“I believe a positive outlook is absolutely necessary for success”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Annette brings extensive logistics, planning, and production experience to Northstar with over 25 years at a large consumer products manufacturer in various operational roles, including being one of only two female forklift operators. Annette is known for her attention to detail, responsiveness, and ability to quickly resolve complex issues.

EDUCATION: Logistics Management Certification, Holyoke Community College

ANNETTE AFTER WORK: Annette has many interests outside the office, including cooking with her husband Pete and decorative art painting. She also plays the flute and is even a licensed manicurist.


Amanda Zawtocki

Director of Account Management

“Every goal is attainable with a positive attitude and dedication.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Amanda has been with Northstar Recycling for over ten years. She came to the company with a background in the transportation industry, a skill set that she still uses on a daily basis while seeing to the transportation needs of her accounts. Amanda prides herself on organization, prompt response time, and having a solid understanding of the needs of each of her customers.

EDUCATION: Business Curriculum, Kent State University

AMANDA AFTER WORK: Amanda shares her personal time with her husband Ron, and daughters Grace and Lilly. As a family they enjoy camping and travel. Amanda can often be found unwinding with a good book, or in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes.


Tina Brown


“I’ve learned to focus on what I can control and accept what I can’t”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Tina joined Northstar after more than 25 years as a financial manager at a large insurance company where her team administered all the financials of several product lines. Her analytical ability, project management skills, and team orientation help ensure Northstar payments are made on time every time.

EDUCATION: Holyoke Community College

TINA AFTER WORK: Tina loves music and taking care of her perennial garden. She is also devoted to her husband David, son Alex, and granddaughter Gina.


Jeff Cartun

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

“There is nothing more rewarding than being part of a strong team and contributing to its success.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jeff has more than 17 years experience developing and executing marketing strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Jeff has an extensive process improvement background and has led numerous initiatives to reduce waste and increase efficiency.

EDUCATION: M.B.A. in Management, Fordham University; B.A. in History, Tulane University

JEFF AFTER WORK: Jeff is an avid baseball fan and enjoys historical fiction and documentaries, but is happiest spending time with his wife Sheri, and his two daughters, Avery and Maya.

Florence Tassinari

Florence Tassinari


“My Dad always told me that it didn’t matter what I chose to do as long as I earned an honest living and looked forward to going to work each day. Northstar makes that easy.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Flo is a C.P.A. with more than 25 years experience working in a financial capacity. Flo’s experience includes public accounting, corporate accounting, payroll and most recently she was the Controller of a publicly held company.

EDUCATION: M.B.A., Western New England University; B.S.B.A. with an accounting concentration, American International College

FLO AFTER WORK: Flo loves spending time with her children and spoiling her grandchildren. Flo also loves to be in the sun, either on the beach, on her patio or riding on the back of her husband Dave’s Harley.


Teresa Chamberlain

Client Development Executive

“We live in a world of finite resources and space, and I am thrilled to be working with a company that offers infinite solutions to this growing problem.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Teresa brought her passion for the environment and eagerness to learn to Northstar right out of college. She is known as a trustworthy and driven individual who aims to exceed expectations. Her high energy and outgoing spirit made her a natural leader at school where she developed her strong listening and problem solving abilities working with a number of on-campus groups.

EDUCATION: B.S. Integrated Degree in Engineering and Social Sciences, Environmental Engineering/ Environmental Studies, Lehigh University

TERESA AFTER WORK: Born and raised in Ohio, Teresa enjoys spending holidays and vacations with her parents, four siblings, and large extended family. She splits her free time reading books, exploring the outdoors and drinking IPAs with friends. Most evenings she looks forward to cooking dinner and watching the Food Network.


Lisa Hughes

Account Manager

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Lisa joined the Northstar Recycling team in 2014 with a background in the Industrial Safety Supply Industry, specializing in large volume Government Bids. She utilizes the people skills she acquired in the retail industry to build trusting relationships and meet the specific needs of each of her clients. Lisa is also a very quick learner and takes pride in always being true to her word.

EDUCATION: Associates Degree in Broadcast Communications, Herkimer County Community College

LISA AFTER WORK: Lisa enjoys spending her free time with her husband Tom, cooking on the grill and playing with their rescue dog, Mya. Lisa is very close with her family and loves visiting, shopping, bowling and going to the movies as a group.


Linda Walters

Waste Logistics Coordinator

“Be Strong, Honest, Take Chances, Believe in Yourself, Inspire Others to Do Something Creative Everyday, Blame Nobody, Expect Nothing, and Do Something to Make a Difference.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Born and raised in Bayside NY, Linda worked as a Co-Manager of a clothing store and Finance Administrator at a laundry equipment company prior to moving to the Adirondacks after the attack on 9/11/01. Prior to joining Northstar, Linda had worked as the Service Supervisor and Dispatcher for a fuel company in her new hometown of Chestertown, NY.

LINDA AFTER WORK: Linda spends time with her husband Stevie & Cleo, their dog, in the perennial gardens and hiking the trails of their property. She is active in Our Town Theatre Group, volunteering in the community, listening/dancing to a variety of music, writing, and participating in 5K Races.


Rebekah Guzek

Account Manager

“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express not to impress”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Rebekah joined Northstar Recycling in late 2014. She has previously worked in customer service and ministry. She understands the joys of working with other people as well as the importance of working on a team. Rebekah also joins Northstar with business experience from the years attending HVCC.
EDUCATION: A.A. S. in Accounting ; Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY
REBEKAH AFTER WORK: Rebekah loves spending time with her husband Joe, which sometimes includes bowling and riding their 4-wheeler. Rebekah and Joe also serve at Redeemer church and love seeing their church family every weekend.


Emily Wilson

Senior Marketing Manager

“Use the value in the ordinary to make everyday extraordinary.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Emily joined Northstar in 2015, bringing with her the waste industry experience she gained while working for Michigan State University Recycling. An environmental enthusiast, Emily enjoys applying her creativity and critical thinking toward communicating sustainable solutions.

EDUCATION: B.A. Professional Writing, Digital/Technical Focus, Michigan State University

EMILY AFTER WORK: Emily enjoys travelling and spending time with her large extended family. Along with her environmental interests, she is fond of the arts and volunteers with organizations and activities that support educational opportunities.

Jonathan Fischer

Jonathan Fischer

Account Manager

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jonathan joined the Northstar team in early 2015, coming from a background in the banking and retail environments. He hopes to apply his excellent problem solving, communication, and organizational skills toward building good rapport with his clients in order to provide the best quality service

EDUCATION: B.S. in Business Administration, SUNY Institute of Technology

JONATHAN AFTER WORK: When Jonathan is not at work you can find him spending time with his wife, Laura, and outdoors hiking the Adirondack Mountains or Geocaching. He also enjoys spending time with his family, especially his two nephews.

Amy Shepherd

Amy Shepherd

Account Manager

"Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: With nearly 15 years of retail management experience, Amy prides herself with her ability to prioritize, multi task, and provide top notch customer service. Amy feels joining Northstar is a privilege. Working for a company that has such high standards on behalf of their clients and excellent core values is inspiring. She hopes to build lasting relationships with her clients and be sure they feel truly valued.

EDUCATION: Associates degree – Liberal Arts and Sciences – Herkimer County Community College

Licensed Massage Therapist – Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage

AMY AFTER WORK: Amy spends her free time with the three loves of her life, her daughters Dakota & Myka, and her husband Michael.Together they enjoy camping, playing/watching Soccer, basketball and other sports, and in general they love to be outside. Amy thoroughly enjoys a good book and dabbles with writing.

Colton Murphy

Colton Murphy

Accounting Clerk

"Do more of what makes you happy."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Colton joined the Northstar team in mid 2015 with almost nine years of retail customer service experience and a background in visual design. He brings his unique outlook and a positive attitude toward every task he is faced with. Colton’s strong technical skills and passion for reducing waste makes him a valued member of the Accounting department.

EDUCATION: B.F.A. in Visual Design from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

COLTON AFTER WORK: Colton spends all of his free time either scavenging the local flea markets & thrift shops or going to the movies. He also plays retro video games, is an avid collector of all things vintage and enjoys hiking with his close friends.

Jessica Yule

Jessica Yule

Account Manager

"To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a back bone and a funny bone."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jessie joined Northstar in 2015 with experience in banking and retail. Her previous work experiences have taught her that listening to client needs and providing excellent service in a quick, efficient manner is the key to a successful day at the office. Jessie enjoys working for a company that makes a conscious effort to make the world a cleaner environment and also believes that honesty is truly the best policy.

JESSIE AFTER WORK: When Jessie is not at work you will find her spending time with her husband Brandon. Together they enjoy going camping, mudding and spending time with their 3 dogs Sasha, Fruitloop and Q. She also spends as much time as possible with her family, friends and serving as a firefighter for the Dolgeville Volunteer Fire Department.

Shawna Duling-Laczko

Shawna Duling-Laczko

Director of Strategic Initiatives

"Sustainability to me is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the smartest and most profitable."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Shawna joined Northstar Recycling after years in the food industry as a sustainability professional. In her previous role, Shawna helped develop and implement a global corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. Shawna utilizes her expertise to continually improve the experience Northstar provides to their clients.

EDUCATION: Environmental Science and Policy and Business Entrepreneurship, California State University Long Beach

SHAWNA AFTER WORK: An environmentalist at heart, Shawna loves spending her time outdoors hiking, camping and being close to nature. When not outside, you will find Shawna cooking with her husband Stephen or out with friends enjoying great food and company.

Abigail Lowry

Abigail Lowry

Sales Executive

"My best today, my better tomorrow."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Abi joined Northstar in 2015 after gaining professional experience brokering Property and Casualty insurance. After spending one year post-college in the insurance industry, Abi looked to find a higher level of inspiration from her occupation. Through connecting with Northstar, she is encouraged to think creatively in order to meet customers’ environmental needs and preserve our planet for future generations.

EDUCATION: English, Urban and Community Studies, and Sociology, University of Connecticut

ABI AFTER WORK: Abi grew up in Connecticut and spends a lot of time with family and friends throughout the state. As a former collegiate athlete, she wishes to stay active all year long. In the summer she enjoys beach and water sports, and she is looking to get better at skiing and snowboarding for the snowy New England winter. She is also an avid reader and always enjoys a rainy day indoors with a good book.

Jeff Baum

Jeff Baum

Client Development Executive

"There is no such thing as ‘away.’ When we throw anything away it must go somewhere." – Annie Leonard

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jeff joined Northstar right out of college after several years of focus on university sustainability and recycling systems. He is excited to move further upstream in the recycling process, and is eager to apply the communication and problem-solving skills he developed in school to the Client Development position at Northstar.

EDUCATION: B.A. Geology, Brown University

JEFF AFTER WORK: Jeff recently moved to Northampton, and spends most of his weekends exploring the area. He enjoys cooking a lot of large, spicy meals. He also has a passion for music and has been singing for a long time.

Sara Allan

Sara Allan

Client Development Executive

"You can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet." – The Economics of Happiness

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Sara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015, where she gained valuable experience in sustainability both in and out of the classroom. Growing up in the concrete jungle of New York City, Sara developed a passion for sustainability early in life through her love (and childhood lack) of nature. Throughout college, Sara worked in sustainability operations and student and employee engagement for several companies and organizations. She also co-founded a non-profit to connect students who are passionate about improving the sustainability of their campuses in the Philadelphia area. Her deeply rooted passion for the underlying issues of environmental management has helped inspire others to make changes in their own lives.

EDUCATION: B.A. Environmental Studies, University of Pennsylvania

SARA AFTER WORK: As a lifetime athlete and college gymnast, Sara enjoys staying active in her free time. She likes to spend time running (training for the mile), hiking, biking, and exploring. She also enjoys living vicariously through national geographic filmmakers and Instagramming the most beautiful aspects of everyday life.

Michelangelo Ball Van Zee

Michelangelo Ball Van Zee

Commodity Sales Executive

"I am happy knowing that my work at Northstar every day makes the world better."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Michelangelo joined Northstar after graduating from college, where his interests led him toward coursework in environmental science, policy, and economics. He has worked as a field scientist internationally and domestically and has ample experience in conservation, academia, and the food industry.

EDUCATION: A.B. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Certificate in Environmental Studies, Princeton University

MICHELANGELO AFTER WORK: Raised in the concrete jungle of Manhattan, Michelangelo loves being outside and on the water. He also enjoys linguistics, cooking, and exploring new places.

Caitlin Battisti

Caitlin Battisti

Account Manager

"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Caitlin joined the Northstar team bringing with her a varied background, including experiences in everything from the food industry to loans, analysis, and she has even done a stint in a morgue. Her varied experiences make her a unique new asset to the team and will help her in managing her many different accounts.

EDUCATION: Bachelor Degree of Technology in Criminal Investigations – SUNY Canton

CAITLIN AFTER WORK: When not at work, you’ll find Caitlin spending time with her significant other (Corey), their two dogs (Bailey & Opie), their cat (Tigger), and an abnormally large family. In the summer, Caitlin spends most of her time outdoors and taking the dogs for a swim wherever they find water. She also spends time working with a local foster house she helped found.

Anita Snell

Anita Snell

Account Manager

"Don’t put off tomorrow, what can be done today."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Anita joined Northstar in October of 2015. She is proud to work for such a great company is a strong believer in the company’s core values and what they stand for. Anita came to Northstar with over 15 years of financial experience. She looks forward to using her strong financial background and great communications skills to grow with the company.

ANITA AFTER WORK: After work, Anita enjoys spending time with her husband Dean. Together, you will find them with their sons (Derrick and Dillon), playing with their beloved family dogs (Elliott, Hemi, and Lassie), or taking care of the cows on their small farm. Anita enjoys traveling, running with the dogs, camping as much as possible, and making big family dinners.


Trees Saved by Northstar in 2014


States in which Northstar Recycling operates


Tons of CO2 prevented from entering the atmosphere


Point of contact for all waste from all locations


Northstar Recycling is the smart, simple solution to your recycling needs. Our customized waste stream management programs help businesses across North America recycle more and landfill less.

Turnkey Recycling Solutions

We seamlessly manage all waste from all locations — with a single point of contact — and have the ability to handle all recyclables on one trailer.

We have a proven track record of developing innovative solutions for hard to recycle items. Our industry standing, large volumes and strong financial position allows you to benefit from prompt payment and great returns on your recyclable materials. Northstar Recycling has robust waste-to-energy options and can also efficiently handle trash removal as you move toward Zero Landfill.

Fast And Accurate Reporting

This business is all about results. With Northstar Recycling, you can track your progress toward Zero Landfill with data that is fast, accurate and reliable.

We provide centralized reporting for all of your waste from all of your locations and our customized website provides real time data along with the environmental impacts of your recycling program.

And Consulting

Northstar Recycling’s innovative consulting practices allow you to quickly increase revenue and achieve Zero Landfill.

Our extensive waste audits and ongoing support provide your staff with the tools they need to make your program work, including state-of-the-art recycling equipment. We use Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing techniques and methodologies to develop solutions that integrate with your current operational excellence programs.


Northstar Recycling has been the catalyst that brought our recycling program from a “patchwork” operation to one that is not only providing the means for diverting waste from landfill, but has become an instrumental partner in our pursuit of ‘Zero Waste.’

James McKeown, Director of Environment/Energy, Bimbo Bakeries USA

Since the beginning, Northstar Recycling has shown great commitment and professionalism. Together, we have put in place an effective and efficient system that allows us to continue managing our waste stream without disrupting our operations. Fres-co System is now [a] 100% landfill-free workplace, and successfully expanded the initiative to [our] manufacturing facility located in Iowa.

Patti Bendik, Logistics Manager, Fres-Co

My company was sending polystyrene to the landfill until we found Northstar. They recommended recycling equipment and supported the installation, enabling us to immediately stop using the landfill and begin earning income from this waste material.

John Zoller, Director Corporate Compliance, Shiseido America, Inc

ZERO LANDFILL IN ACTION – Northstar Recycling Case Studies

Northstar Recycling’s relationship with this multi-billion dollar company began in 2013. At the time, 17 of the client’s manufacturing facilities were tasked with achieving Zero Waste to Landfill status. Northstar helped all 17 locations reach their goal in less than one year, and lowered the client’s waste costs by almost 60%, an annual savings of over $1.1 Million. Today, Northstar manages Zero Waste to Landfill programs at over 50 manufacturing and distribution facilities for this client.

Before teaming up with Northstar Recycling, the company was sending 98% of their waste to a landfill and racking up more than $1,000,000 a year in disposal costs. Northstar quickly developed a unique solution for material that was previously unrecyclable, and in less than one year Northstar was recycling 90% of the client’s production waste. In addition to achieving Zero Landfill status, the manufacturer has generated over $120,000 a year in recycling rebates. Northstar monitors the success of the program with ongoing training, on-site consultations, and process analysis.

Beginning in 2007, Northstar Recycling developed a consolidated, standardized recycling program for more than 80 locations across the country. Due to this partnership, the client has been able to cut landfill volumes by 1/3, double their recycling volumes, and significantly reduce disposal costs. Today, Northstar manages more than 750 manufacturing, retail, and distribution locations for this client.

Prior to their partnership with Northstar Recycling in 2012, the company was spending over $1 million annually to transport materials from 5 distribution centers to a single manufacturing facility. Within 6 months of implementing Northstar’s customized program, they were recycling directly from each distribution center — eliminating all transportation costs. Additionally, Northstar developed and implemented a plan to recycle almost all materials that were previously being sent to landfills. Today, Northstar successfully manages Zero Waste to Landfill programs at this company’s manufacturing, distribution, and research facilities.

In 2010, this company turned to Northstar Recycling to help them reduce trash and increase recycling volumes. The primary challenge was finding a solution for a film that the company had been told was not recyclable. After implementing a standardized separation and sorting process, Northstar was able to find a market for the film. Northstar helped this client not only meet but surpass its waste and recycling objectives, doubling recycling and halving trash volumes within 2 years. Northstar now manages waste and recycling at all five of this client’s US-based production facilities.

Northstar began working with this client in 2009, conducting an in-depth, on-site process analysis to identify and implement numerous program improvements that led to elimination of virtually all landfill waste at one pilot location. Today, Northstar functions as the preferred recycling provider for this client, managing waste and recycling at over 25 of its manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Northstar Recycling started working with this company in 1982. Northstar now handles all recyclable commodities from over 20 plants for this client, helping them earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in recycling rebates. This enduring partnership has led to continual increases in recycling volumes and reductions in landfill waste (closely monitored by Northstar’s critical, real-time reporting).

Thanks to Northstar Recycling’s removal of all management fees, this client immediately realized $100,000 in annual savings at the start of their partnership. Northstar has since developed and implemented custom solutions for over 50 of this client’s distribution facilities. This has lead to increased recycling, reduced waste to landfill, and more than 20% additional annual savings.

With a waste stream of primarily paper, this company has used Northstar Recycling to manage its recycling since 2010. In the history of this relationship, Northstar has won 2 exhaustive, national RFPs against the largest and most respected waste paper dealers, brokers, paper mills, and recyclers by offering the greatest overall value in program services. Northstar currently recycles more than 10 Million pounds of waste paper a month at over 10 locations for this client.

This client specializes in manufacturing and supplying food to multi-chain casual dining operations. Prior to partnering with Northstar, this company’s previous waste and recycling service provider ran into financial difficulties, leaving them at risk. Northstar was brought in during May of 2015, and within 2 weeks of launch, had audited all 10 facilities, taking control over the waste and recycling programs at each location. Today, Northstar continues to work with Northeast Foods at the corporate, managerial, and associate levels to continually ensure that material is separated properly so maximum waste diversion and recycling rebates can be achieved. This has been done through follow-up site visits, recycling audits, conference calls, and training slides.

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Exploring New Recycling Solutions


At Northstar, we’re always excited to explore new recycling solutions. Here are some of the latest breakthroughs we’ve read about in the news:


Adding Office Recycling to Zero Waste Programs


Often, one of the last hurdles to achieving Zero Waste to Landfill at manufacturing and distribution facilities is diverting waste from office spaces.  Unlike traditional manufacturing waste, (usually clean, consistent material that can be collected and sorted relatively easily) office waste more closely resembles post-consumer, residential waste. Instead of collecting many of one item for recycling, you get few of many items. For those looking to  implement an office recycling program at their facility, here are 4 steps to get started.


Where’s the Waste? Identifying Recycling Sources in Manufacturing Waste Streams


Because we specialize in helping businesses like manufacturing and distribution facilities increase recycling and reduce waste to landfill, we are celebrating Earth Day 2016 by sharing common recycling sources found in manufacturing plants’ waste streams.




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