“Recycling” did not begin in 1970 with the first Earth Day. An industry formed long before, dating back hundreds of years, these individuals were called junk or scrap dealers, carters, ragmen, etc. Much less glamorous, and in some cases not as socially acceptable as today’s recycling operations. These individuals bought and sold scrap metals, paper and textiles, traveling door to door, and from business to business, on foot or with horse drawn wagons – this was the beginning of the recycling industry as we know it.
In the early 1940’s Frank Miller Sr., our company founder, saw an opportunity and began a business. Buying and selling everything from scrap metals, paper, textiles, and used furniture, he became known as the local “Junk Dealer”, occupying a local mill warehouse.
This business was located in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, an area known at the time for its jewelry industry. These businesses generated scrap metals in various forms, and also required packaging for their products, which in turn created a local box and packaging industry. It was a perfect location for a company trading in scrap metals and paper, and created a lucrative and vibrant business opportunity. This company was named “Frank Miller & Son”, after Frank Sr. and his son, Frank “Red” Miller.
The company remained at this location for the next 60 years, and experienced many turns in the economy which tested the will and determination of the family business. Despite these challenging times the company managed to grow and prosper. As years passed, many cities and towns adopted mandatory policies and practices for sorting and recycling cans, bottles, paper, and other materials, in an effort to respond to a growing environmental consciousness, and address the widespread notion that landfills were disappearing.
In the late 1960’s Frank Miller Sr. handed the business down to his son, Frank, who continued to grow the business. In the 1980’s, Randy Miller, (third generation), became President of the company and changed the company name to “Miller Recycling Corporation”, in an effort to better define the services the company provided.
As the desire to recycle grew, and the costs associated with disposal increased, so did Miller Recycling Corporation. This growth resulted in a need to increase the size of the company’s facility, so a second building in Plainville, Massachusetts was purchased.
In 2005 the original location was sold and a new site was purchased at 73 Plymouth Street, Mansfield, MA, in the Cabot Business Park, This new site is located on 8 acres of industrial property, and includes a 73,000 square ft high bay warehouse, high production baling system, is equipped with an on site truck scale, 3 additional floor scales, 10 loading docks, full 4 car railroad siding, maintenance area, office facilities, conference room and more. From this location we operate a fleet of 10 tractors and roll offs, including over 300 trailers and roll off containers.
Shortly after this move it was decided to begin an additional business, Northeast Data Destruction, to address the growing demand for secure destruction and recycling of confidential files and documents. This company is located in a dedicated site and immediatly obtained NAID “AAA” Certification, to offer our clients the beneifts and security this requires.
To all our current customers: We thank you for your support. To all others we welcome the opportunity to be of service to you.