Jason Goldberg, Recycling Center Manager, Misericordia Home
A Bramidan baler helps Misericordia Home’s residents make a profit on their waste - and learn about environmentally responsible waste handling
Misericordia Home, located in Chicago’s North side neighborhood of Rogers Park, is a large residential campus for people with developmental disabilities.
With roughly 600 residents and 1,000 staff members, they generate a substantial amount of waste. The material includes various grades of cardboard, steel, aluminum and paper.
A dedicated recycling center was the dreamDue to the high waste volume, the campus planned to revamp their recycling program for quite some time.
Before the addition of Bramidan’s B6030 baler, Misericordia placed a few smaller balers in various areas around campus. Although they had had a long-term vision of renovating an existing building that would become the recycling center, it was not until purchasing the vertical baler from Bramidan that the idea came to life.
Now, all of their balers and compactors are located in this centralized location.
“The new baler has been instrumental in the logistical flow in our new Recycling Center,” says Jason Goldberg, Misericordia Home’s Recycling Center Manager.
Improved logistical flow
Jason contacted Bramidan after researching reliable mill-size vertical bailers. During a demo at Bramidan’s Chicagoland warehouse, he says the B6030 model was essential in completing the initial phase of their program.
“Because having the new baler has increased our efficiency, both in quality and quantity, we have been able to produce a more constant stream of output regarding our commodities.”
Turning waste into valuePrior to the B6030 installation, the campus was using a daily pickup service to collect their recyclables. With the help of Waste Diversion Business Advisor, Lydia Kuyawa, from Waste Management Recycle America, they have since found buyers for their waste commodities and non-fiber material. They are now able to generate a small profit.
Most importantly, Jason says, the new Bramidan baler has, “become a great tool of success for Misericordia’s residents regarding the challenging and compensable wage program they have helped to create.
A tool of success
It is very exciting for the staff and residents alike to work together in a dedicated facility that acts responsibly toward its own and greater environment.”
Expanding the recycling programIn the near future, Misericordia Home hopes to expand upon their recycling program. They would like to add collecting, refurbishing and resale of various items, such as furniture, electronics, etc.
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