Investor Spotlight: Midwest Fiber gets creative with recycling

Published Feb. 13, 2017

NORMAL - Midwest Fiber Recycling came to Bloomington-Normal in 2001, after purchasing what was formerly Weyerhaeuser Recycling. As a family-owned business that began operations in a small Decatur warehouse, the company has grown to facilities in five communities (Decatur, Normal, Peoria, Springfield, and Terre Haute, Ind.)

"We couldn't have imagined the participation and impact we'd see from the companies and residents in this community," spokesperson Joy Hangartner said.

Midwest's goal is to to provide creative and efficient recycling solutions for businesses and residential curbside recycling programs, finding cost-effective ways to transport and process material that's later shipped to mills around the world. Plastic water bottles become carpet, milk jugs turn into plastic decking, and fiber is made into a variety of paper products.

As recycling volume increased throughout the years, additional jobs were created for processing and transporting material.  The $8 million state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) was constructed in 2011 for processing up to 20 tons of material per hour, and a commercial composting program was started to further increase companies' green footprint. The Community Composting Program, in cooperation with Illinois State University, offers schools, restaurants, and local businesses that handle food the opportunity to compost food scraps rather than throwing them in the trash.

If you want to start diverting recyclables from the landfill, call Midwest Fiber at (309) 452-0064 or visit their website at

Source: Joy Hangartner, Midwest Fiber