Resource Recycling Systems, Inc. (RRS)

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm. It makes a difference to work with a company that compliments its expertise with people driven by qualities to succeed. Those qualities set RRS apart from others; they bring us together as a team. As a team, we deliver results. For nearly three decades, RRS has built data sets and cutting edge solutions based on science and real world application. To date, our experience includes more than 500 combined years in the field, working on more than 900 projects. RRS believes that to have an effective change you must look at the big picture and give due attention to every detail. We combine our drive and talent on right-sized teams to deliver a full service project, including analysis, planning, implementation, communication and reporting. RRS delivers what our clients need to manage change in their resource-constrained worlds.

Company details

416 Longshore Drive , Ann Arbor , Michigan 48105 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Engineering service provider
Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling - Waste Management
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
Year Founded:


RRS isn’t your average consulting firm.
We have a vision. We strive to create a world where resources are managed to maximize economic and social benefit while minimizing environmental harm. A world where abundance keeps pace with societal needs.

We’ve assembled a cutting-edge team of professionals, engineers, economists and communications specialists who share this vision and possess core strengths in materials and recovery, coupled with expertise in life cycle management and applied sustainable design. These experts operate confidently across the supply chain, identifying the most leveraged opportunities to affect change, and developing pathways to long-term value.

RRS has been driving and delivering results since 1986. Our clients are leaders in materials management, and together we have achieved results in which we are very proud. We stay nimble and responsive, providing informed, innovative, actionable solutions to the sustainability challenges of our time.

Jim Frey and a small group of recycling specialists founded Resource Recycling Systems in 1986.

Our founding fathers were already recycling pioneers, having demoed the first curbside recycling program in Michigan. United under the RRS banner, they pushed the boundaries of curbside recycling through progressive solid waste plans, advanced processing systems, and single stream recycling.

Our Journey
As the company matured, RRS expanded its reach and expertise into organics management, recognizing the huge diversion and impact potential. Food waste and other compostables, biomass feedstocks and industrial outputs became an additional focus, and we quickly became leading thinkers and doers in the emerging movement.

Building on our existing knowledge base and areas of expertise, we next looked across the supply chain for opportunities to make the greatest impact. We have successfully guided corporations on innovative routes in sustainable materials management.

Through this journey, we have never lost sight of our roots. Our team remains passionate about a sustainable future, dedicated to the vision of RRS, and committed to delivering the results our clients crave.