RRS Celebrates 30 year Milestone
July 12, 2016, Ann Arbor, Mich. – Sustainability and recycling consultancy, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), is proud to celebrate 30 years of providing environmental solutions based on science and real-world application.
Even before RRS’ incorporation, the founding members were making strides in the recycling world by launching the first curbside recycling program in Michigan in the late 1970s.
Incorporated in 1986, RRS started with a focus on recovery infrastructure at the municipal level. As the company matured, it looked across the full recovery value chain and developed a proficiency in connecting the activities and effects of each player – from development, to recovery, to next life – with the aim to form a closed loop, circular economy.
Past and current notable RRS projects include:
- Beaumont Hospital Food Waste Diversion
- Carton Council Nationwide Carton Recycling Access
- Continuous Improvement Fund Ontario Processing System
- Emmet County Commercial Food Waste Pilot
- FPI Foam Polystyrene Recycling
- Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF)
- Michigan Recycling Index
- Michigan State University Flexible Facility
- MRF Material Flow Study
- ReFED Roadmap to Reduce Food Waste
- SERDC/TDEC Tennessee Recycling Economy
Today RRS offers solutions in waste recovery, organics management and corporate sustainability to a variety of organizations including municipalities, government, recycling service providers, universities, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, trade associations, and collaborative groups.
Jim Frey, co-founder and CEO commented, “When we first started out with a handful of people – it was about the passion of making a difference in the world. Today, that passion is still at the heart of our business attracting talent and clients with the same thirst to ensure the highest and best use of our resources.”
Leaders from the business, community and recovery sectors have shared their past experiences with RRS, as well as their congratulatory sentiments.
“We have been fortunate to tap into the 30 years of experience the RRS team brings to its clients,” said Foodservice Packaging Institute president Lynn Dyer. “Their expertise, connections in the recycling industry and ability to bring collaborators together for mutual benefit have been instrumental in getting more paper and plastic foodservice packaging recycled.”
From Elisa Seltzer, public works director for Emmet County, Mich. stated, “RRS has propelled Emmet County Recycling forward at critical growth points over our past 26 years. We have benefited from their depth and breadth of experience when partnering on everything from policy and ordinance drafting, MRF design and development, collection system right-sizing, and organics collection business case studies. Congratulations to RRS on their 30th year anniversary.”
“RRS brought a data-driven approach, deep recycling expertise, and tireless work effort to help lead the analysis behind A Roadmap to Reduce Food Waste by 20%, the first multi-stakeholder economic assessment of the action needed to cut food waste at scale nationwide,” stated Jesse Fink, co-founder and non-executive chairman of MissionPoint Capital Partners.
“It would be difficult if a company that is so close to our namesake wasn’t as spectacular as Resource Recycling Systems is and has been for three decades,” commented Dylan de Thomas, editorial director of Resource Recycling, Inc. “The work that RRS has done and continues to do makes them the class of the industry and we look forward to working with them for the next 30 years.”
DeAnne Toto, managing editor of Recycling Today stated, “I’d like to congratulate RRS on 30 successful years in business. The company is a valuable resource for the various constituents in the recycling supply chain and has orchestrated a number of notable initiatives.”
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that strives to create a world where resources are managed to maximize economic and social benefit while minimizing environmental harm. The firm has cutting-edge industry professionals, engineers, economists, technical analysts, and communication specialists who share this vision and possess core strengths in materials and recovery, life cycle management, applied sustainable design, and collaborative action development. RRS serves both the public and private sectors to manage change in a resource-constrained world. www.recycle.com
Melissa Radiwon, Marketing Manager, RRS