SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Monday, was not only a day to celebrate Earth, But also a day to celebrate one business that spends all of their time finding ways we can take care of it.
Millenium might be the name of Millennium Recycling, but the company has only been around for 20 years. And in that amount of time, they’ve accomplished a lot.
“I’ve seen this company change from being very small to growing into quite a diverse company now at this point,” Presdient of Millennium Recycling Shannon Dwire said.
Since 1999, Millennium Recycling has grown in many ways. They’ve spent their time making mother earth a better place and that includes the very people who work there.
“We’ve grown our company to include… mentoring employees coming from all different backgrounds including prison work releases, halfway houses, counseling them to improve their life as well as their job experience,” Dwire said.
Moving forward is one of the biggest keys to their success.
“What we’re really excited about is a lot of innovation happening. We’re looking, internally, at trying to expand our equipment, invest in technology and really just enhance our current process and make sure that we can continue to be successful for years to come,” Marketer for Millennium Recycling Marissa Begley said.
They also look to spread their advancements beyond what’s within their walls to inside the minds of anyone looking to help make a change.
“We’re always trying to educate, make the material better; that’s how we control costs and keep it viable here in the community,” Dwire said.
And there is always work to be done…
“There’s a lot of claims that there’s plenty of room in the landfills, but landfills cost money. So people forget about that side of it. The tax dollars go into each cell and the last numbers I heard were about 6 million dollars per cell,” Dwire said.
“Sioux Falls recycling rate is 23.4 percent, and there’s a lot that we could be recycling that’s going to the landfill. So we could definitely improve that rate and work together to make sure that can happen,” Begley said.
They need our help to create an impact that will be felt through the millennium.
“We create a lot of jobs, we created a lot of economy here in South Dakota with recycling… so it does go to a good place,” Dwire said.