Spotlight on Halton Entrepreneur
The Business: Re-Plast
Re-Plast offers solutions to reduce or eliminate companies’ waste disposal and recycling costs!
Re-Plast was created in 2005 and has since developed to specifically address the lack of proper disposal methods for industrial plastics and oversize metals. Our Company is a fast growing and aggressive recycler of all recyclable materials. Our continued growth and success is attributed to the fact we are constantly sourcing new materials to recycle. As a result, we have been able to divert millions of pounds of material annually and relieve some of the strain placed upon our landfill facilities and, of course, our environment.
Depending on the size of your operation and/or facility, we could save you up to and over $10,000 just in the first year in disposal fees. Therefore, no company is too small or too large to benefit from our services.
How Bob got started: Prior to opening Re-Plast I worked as a key account manager in both the food service and transportation industries. During this time I was exposed to and astounded by the immense amount of plastic waste being sent to landfill. I was inspired to research the possibility of recycling this enormous amount of waste. This included interviewing professionals in the plastics industry. After a couple of years of operation I hired Andria Snowden as my Sales & Marketing Manager. Andria has been an integral part of the business ever since and a big part of our success in weathering the recent economic storm.
Typical hours: We operate from 7:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, but remain available to receive materials on Saturdays to accommodate specific customer needs.
Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenge continues to be acceptance by employees, that their efforts to recycle are in fact helping their company’s bottom line. The education process can be short or long and this is all dependent on employee attitude and enthusiasm along with company guidance, planning and desire to recycle.
Greatest Reward: The greatest reward for us is the building of relationships with our customers and enjoying the excitement our program creates for them from an environmental and financial perspective.
Advice for other Entrepreneurs: Always keep your eyes open to opportunity because it comes in many different forms, like scrap plastic!