Born and raised on the east side of Milwaukee, Tony has been in the waste and recycling industry since 1991. Working as the Wisconsin major account representative for one of the largest waste and recycling companies in the United States, Browning Ferris Industries (BFI), Tony’s detailed understanding of the industry, along with his drive, determination and success led him to form his first waste and recycling brokerage firm, Waste Connection, Inc. in 1996.
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.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Lodi, Wisconsin, Ginger earned a degree in finance at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Prior to joining Tony at Waste Connection, Inc., Ginger was a partner at a private investment firm in Milwaukee, WI. Although she enjoyed working with clients and the challenge of the ever-changing markets, it was extremely important for her to support Tony in his growing business.
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
Mark grew up working in the family paper recycling business located in Central Minnesota. After graduating from UW-La Crosse and working on the Chicago Board of Trade for several years, Mark was called back to help run the family recycling business. Mark spent the next several years in both plant management and sales.
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.
Dave’s business relationship and close friendship with Tony and Ginger began in 2005 while Dave was the assistant manager for a “not-for-profit recycler” in Waukesha that employed adult with disabilities. At the time, Waste Connection, Inc. was contracting with this agency to process its recyclable material. As Dave says “Waste Connection provided a great opportunity for people with disabilities to earn experience, gain self-respect as well as a paycheck”. For Dave, his position introduced him to the recycling industry where he quickly became knowledgeable in plant operations, maintenance and transportation.
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.
At the age of 13, Mike began working for his parents company, Able Equipment Company. Mike’s many years of managing employees and dealing with almost every type of material handling equipment imaginable gave him valuable operations experience, knowledge and insight. However, after 35 years of working at Able Equipment Company, Mike decided it was time for a new chapter in his career.
Mike began working for RAM Recycling in 2012 as a driver and almost immediately Tony, Ginger and Dave saw something much more in Mike. His contagious positive attitude and his never-ending smile combined with his active management style, earned him the position of Plant Manager in 2015. Mike’s responsibilities include the day-to-day management of each team leader and their respective departments, working with the Shipping and Receiving department to ensure accurate material grading and tracking, meeting daily production goals, equipment maintenance, and coordinating transportation logistics. Look closely and you might even see him driving a RAM Recycling truck from time to time when needed.