ENVIPCO

Recycling is our industry, but Envipco’s operations extend far beyond developing the machinery involved in recovering bottles and cans. We are a hands-on, forward-thinking company that understands the importance of recycling and how to identify and capitalize on future opportunities that the global market presents. Envipco is dedicated to advancing closed loop beverage container recovery across the world in both deposit and non-deposit areas.

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Utrechtseweg 102 , Amersfoort , 3818 EP 3818 EP Netherlands

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling - Recycling Systems
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Toward that end, the company has developed a number of core competencies, which has Envipco well-positioned for further global growth:

  • We are a manufacturing company with a complete portfolio of reverse vending machines that we develop, manufacture, service and maintain for a global client base.
  • We are a technology company, with a German-based team of research and development engineers who continually discover new and improved processes to sort, flatten, crush, and record materials.
  • We are a data management company that has devised complex, automated accounting systems to recover, identify, and account for every used beverage container. Based on these trusted counts, we act as a clearing bank for deposits on containers.
  • We are a transportation and logistics company that efficiently manages the handling of returned containers, and recycles HDPE and PET plastics at our plant in France.
  • We are an entrepreneurial company that works with different parties across the globe to develop recycling systems that will thrive in their communities and make recycling financially rewarding for everyone.

Along with a strategic network of partners across the globe, Envipco is shifting the focus from a 'consume and recycle' model to a continuous loop of 'use and reuse' that is more efficient and gentler on the environment. It's these big-picture solutions that have Envipco partnering with the beverage industry, retail industry, and major bottle manufacturers to recycle and repurpose beverage containers - and to generate a profitable business model for recovery materials that still have demonstrable value to the world.

Some of our distributor and retail clients know us best for our patented reverse-vending machines and other recycling technology. Envipco has manufactured, serviced, and maintained RVMs that have provided superior reliability, accuracy, and labor savings for more than three decades, and our German-engineered recycling systems still set the standard in the industry. While these products may be synonymous with Envipco, they are only one aspect of how we are changing the face of recycling.

Where the recycling movement has long concentrated on deposit bill areas and curbside recycling programs, Envipco is working to expand to non-deposit areas through couponing, incentive programs, and an advertising revenue-based model. We work with the beverage industry to help recover high percentages of post-consumer original materials and recycle beverage containers.

Our mission is to provide the best technology to enable consumers around the world to recycle post consumer beverage containers, thereby adopting an effective reuse of our limited resources for a cleaner environment for the next generation - one beverage container at a time.

To achieve this mission, our reputation and success is based on the following core principles and values:

Purpose

  • Our purpose is to have a positive impact on the environment
  • By making recycling easier, convenient and rewarding, we hope to make this simple act second nature
  • Through focus, new challenges and passion for constant improvement, we align ourselves to our commitment of a cleaner world for our children and for theirs

Integrity

  • Honorable and responsible behavior is the foundation Envipco is built upon
  • Earned trust between suppliers, members of our staff, and business partners is the basis of the loyalty surrounding our principles and ethics

Respect

  • Within our world-wide culturally diverse environment, the relationships we build become strong through mutual respect
  • Our commitment to the environment in decision-making is the basis of keeping and modeling a sustainable and positive work ethic

Innovation

  • Leading the way with expert creativity of superior state-of-the-art technology platforms for a better tomorrow
  • We think into the future for the future through transparent and continuous quality improvement with a focus on exceptional service and maintenance

We ensure that these core values are adopted and shared across all sections of our business when dealing with all stakeholders including suppliers, partners, customers, and shareholders.

While stationed overseas in the late 1970s, Envipco founder Bruce DeWoolfson observed a group of children on a dock using a hammer to flatten aluminum cans gathered for their scrap value. As DeWoolfson would retell the story later, he knew there had to be a better way to handle recyclable materials.

What started with an idea scrawled on a napkin by DeWoolfson in 1979 evolved into the first reverse vending machine (RVM), which has helped to automate recycling processes around the world. Installed in convenience markets and grocery stores, the early machines, called Cash for Cans, collected and crushed aluminum cans in exchange for a penny apiece.

As deposit bills proliferated in the U.S., DeWoolfson was instrumental in negotiating agreements with beverage container distributors in the mid-1980s. Instead of sorting out specific bottles and cans by brand - a process that was both space-consuming and labor-intensive for retailers - Envipco designed an electronic bar code reader and provided an electronic tally of distributor-specific containers.

The deposit accounting system, a secure method to save and record returned beverage containers, and an electronic bar code reader allowed retailers to accept for redemption only brands that they carried in their stores. Envipco's precise system quickly earned the confidence of our clients, who trust in our accounting systems to accurately record beverage container transactions.

With several patents for our RVM technology, Envipco has been a leader in recycling for more than 30 years. Since those early days, Envipco has continued its commitment to finding a better way, a mission that has driven the company to become involved in all aspects of beverage container recycling, including collection, transportation and logistics, accounting, recycling and processing.

As a company dedicated to improving the rates at which the world recycles, Envipco works closely to help all of our clients reach their environmental goals. From delivering food-grade quality plastic flakes and pellets to helping beverage companies recover significant percentages of their bottles and cans, we have developed customized programs that promote sustainability. Envipco also proactively promotes its comprehensive recycling program and constantly explores new opportunities for greener operations.

Within the communities in which we operate, Envipco is an active and engaged corporate citizen. We recognize our potential role as educators, regularly inviting school groups to tour our manufacturing facility to learn more about the process of recycling. We offer scholarships and internship programs to students interested in pursuing environmentally-focused careers.

For years, Envipco has also participated in a program designed to give workers a second chance. The company hires individuals from halfway houses and shelters, providing employment and training to help them secure stable housing and rebuild their lives. Often starting as temporary workers, many of the participants in the program have gone on to successful careers at Envipco and other area companies.

Recycling is our industry, but Envipco’s operations extend far beyond developing the machinery involved in recovering bottles and cans. We are a hands-on, forward-thinking company that understands the importance of recycling and how to identify and capitalize on future opportunities that the global market presents.

Envipco is dedicated to advancing closed loop beverage container recovery across the world in both deposit and non-deposit areas. Toward that end, the company has developed a number of core competencies, which has Envipco well-positioned for further global growth:

  • We are a manufacturing company with a complete portfolio of reverse vending machines that we develop, manufacture, service and maintain for a global client base.
  • We are a technology company, with a German-based team of research and development engineers who continually develop new and improved processes to sort, flatten, crush, and record materials.
  • We are a data management company that has devised complex, automated accounting systems to recover, identify, and account for every used beverage container. Based on these trusted counts, we act as a clearing bank for deposits on containers.
  • We are a transportation and logistics company that efficiently manages the handling of returned containers, and recycles HDPE and PET plastics at our plant in France.
  • We are an entrepreneurial company that works with different parties across the globe to develop recycling systems that will thrive in their communities and make recycling financially rewarding for everyone.

Envipco is powering the beverage container recovery efforts of municipalities and organizations across the developed world. Our operations span North America and Europe, with production and maintenance headquartered at our U.S. facility and research and development conducted at our German location.

We understand our global customers and give them the exact tools that they need for successful recovery in their communities. Our experience reveals that the recovery system in one country or region will not be effective in another area. This awareness encourages our team to be flexible, to constantly experiment with new processes, and to share the results of this learning with our clients.

As a result, we have successful installation stories from across the world, including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. Together with our Greek partners, we have developed a recycling station that has become part of public life, complete with piped-in music, attractive lighting and sought-after advertising space throughout public squares in Greece.