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Created in the Corridor: North Cedar Recycling / Cedar Poly
STANWOOD, Iowa (CBS 2 / FOX 28) - The Rogers family knows how to take trash and turn it into treasure; the trash being paper, plastic and cardboard. And the treasure? Millions in revenue, a greener environment and dozens of jobs Created in the Corridor.
Recycling was becoming a little bit fashionable at that time, recalls Dennis Rogers who helped his two sons launch Johnson County Recycling more than 20 years ago in Coralville. Scott, the younger of the two siblings remembers,"My father graduated with a gentleman that sold recycling equipment so we started the Coralville curbside program.
Roughly ten years later, the city of Coralville bought them out so they changed the company's name to North Cedar Recycling and moved to Stanwood. North Cedar continues to process Coralville's curbside waste
but most of its business now is industrial; textbooks from school districts and carboard from everywhere. They also do document destruction. Explains Tim Harpole, Co-Owner of North Cedar Recycling, "We became AAA NAID Certified, and that really opens the door. They know that their products are going to come here, its going to be shredded 100%, destroyed and be taken care of in an environmentally friendly way.
Most of the waste becomes typing paper, toiletries, napkins, paper towels, even home insulation. Just this past month, North Cedar diverted more than 3.25 million pounds of waste from the landfill. And it doesn't
end there. Scott Rogers says every year, roughly 40,000 tons of plastic is kept from the landfill through Cedar Poly, another company they started in Tipton and Bennett. About half of what they recycle goes to China.
It then comes back to the U.S. in the form of consumer products. Did you know you can make a shirt out of a pop bottle? Yep," confirms Scott. "Polyester, PET, its a PET bottle, pointing to his t-shirt.
They also produce resin that's used to make park benches and agricultural drain tile. Meanwhile, back in Stanwood, the paper keeps coming and a patriarch is proud of his children. My sons are really into the plastics,"
says Dennis. "I mean, they made their whole life plastics.
The two companies do business all over the Midwest, employ about 75 workers and generate roughly $17 Million in annual revenue. You can learn more by visiting the News Links section of this website.