After many years of building successful business relationships, it was time for Tony and Waste Connection, Inc. to take the next step in their journey. Seeing the need to expand beyond limited processing capabilities and being “just a broker”, Tony decided it was time to change the Waste Connection, Inc. business model by opening a fully-dedicated paper and plastic recycling operation. In 2011, RAM Recycling, Inc. was born in a modest 28,000 sf facility in Muskego. Through a lot of hard work and a little luck, Tony and the RAM Recycling team began seeing significant growth.
It wouldn’t be long before RAM Recycling, Inc. would be ready for a larger home. In early 2015, Tony and Ginger Duckert invested in RAM Recycling’s future by purchasing its new home in Oak Creek, WI. Coming in at a hefty 81,000 sf on a 6.5 acre site, RAM Recycling, Inc. is now poised to provide additional services and continued growth for years to come. Tony and the entire RAM Recycling team are fully committed to the businesses it serves and will always work hard to earn your trust and support.
In 2004, Ginger left the investment firm and stepped in to her new role at Waste Connection, Inc. Wearing many hats, Ginger quickly learned all aspects of the business’ “back office” functions. Today, Ginger oversees many of RAM Recycling’s corporate functions such as accounting, payroll, human resources, corporate taxes, insurance and her favorite, the DOT regulations and compliance! To work alongside Ginger is to understand and appreciate her absolute passion for detail with numbers and her uncompromising values, ethics and integrity.
Director of Material Marketing
In 1989, Mark joined Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) specializing in the startup management for new recycling plant acquisitions including St. Louis, Minneapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee. It is during his time in Milwaukee that Mark met Tony. Working side-by-side, Mark and Tony formed a strong bond and friendship.
In 1995, Mark joined BFI’s Materials Marketing Group in Houston Texas. His responsibilities included selling all of the recyclable tons collected in 22 recycling facilities (up to 50,000 tons per month). This position required traveling to most of the North American paper mills and developing relationships with the end users of the recycled fiber, plastics, ferrous & non-ferrous commodities. Mark says that BFI gave him the equivalent of a “Master’s Degree in Recycling”.
Beyond BFI, Mark worked for well-known companies like Federal International and Fiber’s Inc. where his duties included marketing the scrap paper for major printers including RR Donnelley, Quebecor World, Cenveo and Menasha Corp. Mark also spent 5 years focusing on purchasing and selling obsolete, damaged, and job lot rolls. This experience allowed Mark to become very proficient in handling roll stock.
After many years of extensive travel and being in a large corporate environment, Mark is happy to be partnered with RAM Recycling, an independent privately held company that is focused on growth and customer satisfaction. His extensive recycling and marketing experience provides RAM Recycling a big advantage over most of its competitors. As a result, RAM Recycling is able to identify many opportunities that its competitors overlook.
After an unexpected closing of the Waukesha recycler in 2010, Dave accepted the General Manager position at RAM Recycling. Dave’s responsibilities include the daily oversight of RAM Recycling’s general plant operations, strategic production planning, H&S, environmental compliance and equipment purchases and maintenance. Dave’s low-key and steady management style has earned him the respect and loyalty of the entire RAM Recycling team. These attributes have proven him to be an invaluable asset to RAM Recycling.
In 2021, RAM Recycling’s plant manager retired after many years of service. Tony and Ginger immediately thought of Josh to fill this position. Since accepting the position as Plant Manager, Under the tutelage of general manager Dave Lemanski, Josh has embraced and quickly learned all aspects of our business. His firm but fair management style, along with his willingness to help where needed has earned him the respect of his co-workers. You will often find Josh conducting employee training, driving a forklift, cutting paper rolls, or even sweeping the floor! Josh’s ever-growing knowledge of scrap paper and plant operations, along with is expertise in transportation, makes him a very valuable asset and team member.