Customer Focused, Planet Obsessed
DTG Recycling Group supports the booming Seattle construction market, helping customers meet recycling and sustainability goals
Vertically integrated DTG Recycling Group is a consortium of recycling and alternative energy companies in the greater Puget Sound area comprised of All Wood Recycling, Inc., Drywall Recycling Services, Inc., Industrial Waste Recyclers, LLC, and the flagship company, DTG Enterprises, Inc. DTG provides recycling services, roll-off containers, custom commercial and industrial recycling program development services, alternative energy fuels, and recovered material value-add products.
Operating six material recovery facilities (MRFs), DTG receives materials 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. DTG also offers its own truck fleet and over 1,000 roll-off and recycling containers for construction, demolition, and manufacturing recyclable waste management.
A Truck and a Dream
Entering the recycling industry in 1999 “with a truck and a dream,” DTG founder Dan Guimont started out small by removing new residential construction scrap drywall. From small beginnings, DTG now employs over 200 people across its six MRFs and corporate headquarters.
“DTG’s position is unique in the industry because of its vertical integration: from physically picking up the recyclables with our scrap division to transporting the recyclables with our containers division to recovering and transforming the recyclables at our MRFs,” says COO Tom Vaughn. DTG boasts a strong geographical footprint with six convenient MRFs along the I-5 corridor in the Puget Sound region.
Customer Focused, Planet Obsessed
For DTG, customer service focuses on a deep commitment to finding the best solutions for protecting the environment. Following its “customer focused, planet obsessed” mission statement, DTG strives to prevent recoverable material from unnecessarily going to landfills.
Part of this commitment is using new technologies to make value-add products from recovered materials, eliminating dependence on overseas recyclables markets. DTG Chief Strategic Officer Michael Sheldon explains, “Creating value-add products locally keeps jobs here in the Puget Sound area and ensures that these new products are manufactured in an environmentally responsible way in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.”
Armed with an overall business philosophy of “Team DTG,” leadership takes great care to empower its entire work force—from entry level sorters to seasoned veteran managers—by giving them a meaningful say in the daily operations and direction of DTG.
On this note, Vaughn adds, “Some of our best ideas for how to recover more material and prevent it from going to the landfill are from our non-managerial sorters and equipment operators.” Sheldon concurs, “Every employee’s opinion has value and matters … we truly take a team approach, especially in the area of worker safety.” According to DTG Human Resources Manager Alison Rodgers and Safety Manager Paul Jerome, “workplace injuries and safety incidents have decreased to a negligible rate” since implementing the Team DTG approach.
The Team DTG approach ensures there are no silos and that DTG’s divisions work seamlessly together. With their “get it done” attitude, Team DTG finds ways to efficiently and effectively recycle its customers’ waste metal, wood, plastic, concrete, asphalt, and more. “The net result of this team approach,” Vaughn adds, “is a better experience for the customer, both in terms of service and price.”