AUSTIN (KXAN) - Last year, Austinite Bob McGivney decided to start a smallrecycling business.
The goal: To help small apartments and businesses that weren'tserviced from the city to recycle their paper, cans andplastic.
Since then, his business has increased 10 times and become theonly independent business in Austin that does single-streamrecycling.
"This is normal for about a week here at the hotel. You can seealuminum, card board, plastic," said Wandering River Recycling owner Bob McGivney ashe pointed out the 1 ton of recyclable material in a bin.
"I think a lot of people are rethinking the way that they do alot of aspects of their business," said McGivney.
When we caught up with McGivney last year, he was buildingcontainers for businesses to place their cardboard in and wasloading the recycling bins onto a trailer attached to hispickup.
Yet, that was when he only had nine customers.
One year later: "It took on a life of its own because peoplereally got excited about it," said McGivney.
Now, he services 100 businesses with two new trucks, fouremployees and heavy-duty containers.
"We can roll the bucket off the truck, and within 24 hours,we're doing single-stream recycling," said McGivney.
It now means training businesses on what to recycle, and he'sadded composting.
"That makes it easy on a restaurant to combine all their organicwaste in one bin," said McGivney.
The composting waste goes to a company in East Austin, and therecyclables have to be driven to San Antonio, since he has outgrowntaking them to Ecology Action on Seventh Street. However, McGivneysaid the extra haul is offset by the amount of waste that's notgoing into the landfill.
"People are really behind it, and they want to recycle," saidMcGivney.
The city is also looking to build a recycling facility so thewaste doesn't have to be driven to San Antonio.
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