Recycling Through the Years
Service Recycling did not just pop up in Joplin in 1998. The company has roots going back over 60 years.
In the 1960s, the first generation of recyclers started collecting cardboard with their eight children. A baled ton of cardboard was worth $10-$15 and it was sold to Tamko here in Joplin. The original neighborhood had three families with cardboard balers. Most of these were homemade balers; some were even made from old rail iron. This was before hydraulics, so the machines were chain driven.
By the 1970s, most grocery stores and retailers started baling their own cardboard. This meant more and more people were needed their bales hauled. As the second generation took over, the work transitioned from baling cardboard to hauling bales. In 1972, the second generation of recyclers purchased a baler, truck, and the original land for $2,000. This was the beginning of the family business. During this time, most of the trash and cardboard were coming from the mall and scrap pickups in alleyways.
Buying pallets started in 1980 with the second generation. These came from a single large food distributor in the area. This same year, Amiel, third-generation recycler, started running trash routes with his father. The business also expanded in 1997 when the second generation got an auto-tie baler and constructed the Bale Room.
In 1998, Amiel started his own recycling business, Service Recycling. He purchased a forklift and a baler to start. Amiel sold his car for $1,400 to pay the first and last month's rent on the building that housed his business. It was located off 7th Street in Joplin, MO. Service Recycling depended on the trash companies bringing them their cardboard. In 1999, Amiel's father helped him get his first front loader. This was used to pick up cardboard from their many cardboard recycling containers. Amiel opened two other locations to expand Service Recycling's operations; a Tulsa location in 2005 and a Springfield location in 2009.
Service Recycling has since absorbed the original family business. As for the fourth generation, Amiel’s children have all made contributions to the growth of Service Recycling. However, the company has continued to grow and now employees nearly one hundred people at its four locations. We are a service provider that gives other businesses a cost-effective way to handle their waste, and we continue to grow our pallet and packaging operations as well. Through hardships, Service Recycling has persevered and continues to hold a significant role in the recycling business. We look forward to what the future holds for us!