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MASCARO'S TOTALRECYCLE FACILITY RECEIVES NATIONAL ACCLAIM; COMPANY COMMITTED TO RECYCLING EDUCATION AWARENESS AND QUALITY ASSURANCE

Thursday, February 8, 2018
MASCARO'S TOTALRECYCLE FACILITY RECEIVES NATIONAL ACCLAIM; COMPANY COMMITTED TO RECYCLING EDUCATION AWARENESS AND QUALITY ASSURANCE

In just 24 months of operation, J. P. Mascaro & Sons’ ultra-modern TotalRecycle single stream recycling facility has received national acclaim.  The 85,000 square foot facility in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, managed by Mascaro’s Director of Sustainability, Joseph P. Mascaro, has been heralded as a “cutting edge facility” for processing single stream recyclables.

The Journal for Waste and Resource Management Professionals touted the TotalRecycle facility in its September 2017 issue.  TotalRecycle was the cover story in that issue, with the byline titled “Inside the Mega Material Recovery Facility.”

A month later, in October 2017, an article in Waste Management World, a leading industry publication, highlighted the TotalRecycle facility.  That article focused on the operational efficiencies and the sophisticated sorting equipment utilized at TotalRecycle’s state-of-the-art facility.

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, a leader in automated recycling equipment, provided the top of the line automated sorting system equipment that is in place at TotalRecycle.  Referring to the exceptional quality of Van Dyk’s equipment in a recent publication, facility General Manager, Joseph Mascaro, emphasized that “a little better is a lot better

Mascaro also spoke to his optimism for processing production at TotalRecycle in calendar year 2018.  “I anticipate that TotalRecycle will process more than 200 million pounds of recyclables in 2018, after totaling more than 160 million pounds in 2017,” said Mascaro.

Mascaro added that, “Our existing customers, especially the 80-plus municipalities J. P. Mascaro & Sons serves under contract, are a great and continuing source of recyclables.”  

In that regard, J. P. Mascaro & Sons, in conjunction with TotalRecycle, is looking at upgrading its resident recycling awareness programs in the municipalities it serves, with the goal being to remind residents of their contract recyclable packaging and placement responsibilities and to maximize community-wide recycling in general.  The company is also looking at upgrading the Quality Assurance Program for Mascaro employees who collect curbside recyclables under municipal contracts.

Upgrades in resident recycling education awareness programs and employee quality assurance programs sere to make certain that all of the residents Mascaro serves under municipal contracts are placing recyclables curbside in accordance with contract requirements and municipal ordinances, and that Mascaro employees are following contract performance requirements and company policies.

By staying on top of these programs, Mascaro and the contracting municipality can avoid the type of isolated incident that occurred in Mascaro’s Borough of Emmaus contract, where residents were putting out recyclables in a haphazard fashion and contrary to contract requirements, which made it difficult for collectors to determine recyclables from trash, and where, on one occasion, a Mascaro collector was seen mixing some recyclables with trash, which the contract and company policy prohibit, and which resulted in the employee being fired. 

Given the many variables and the human element involved in municipal waste collection and recycling contracts, there can be such an isolated incident, but good faith communication and cooperation between the service provider and the contracting municipality diminishes the likelihood of such an incident and assures that if one should occur, it is quickly and properly addressed.  Mascaro strives for such good faith communication and cooperation in its municipal contracts, and educational awareness programs and quality assurance programs are a great help in that regard.



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