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Behind the Scenes of Conscious Disposal with Jon and Jamie Wybar

Ep. 30

Back in 2004, Revolution Recovery was just a couple of people working the phones from home, seated in front of the computer trying to get a client. They would rent a side lot, a small place, their first physical space two years later. Then, in 2008, the company opened its first Philly spot, where they poured a big concrete slab and built a retaining wall. After eight years of hard and honest work, they opened their second plant in Newcastle, Delaware. The company now has three plants; the third one opened in 2018 in Allentown. Today, Jon and Jamie Wybar join us to talk about the journey of this company leader in waste management. 

Jon Wybar is the co-founder and owner of Revolution Recovery, and his brother Jamie works in the company's Business Development. Their passion for sustainability and their desire to revolutionize the recycling industry led them to be featured in several news and media articles since 2006. They've also been featured as speakers for the MIT Ecologies of Construction Seminar, Green Advantage, Greenbuild, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Advisory Board, and many more places. 

In this episode, Jon and Jamie share bits of their journey into the recycling industry, the first tough years in business, and how they stay committed to keeping up the hard work. We also talk about hazardous waste, how they deal with it, and their actions to keep their personnel and themselves safe. We went through their entrepreneurial background, what motivated them when they were young, and they kindly gave their take on the best way to lead a company. 

Some Questions I Ask:

  • You mentioned that 9/11 kind of guided your path. Could you talk a bit about that? (3:45)
  • You have three offices, two in PA and one in Delaware. How quickly were those offices built? (11:23)
  • Could you talk a bit about LEED management and your LEED program? (16:09)
  • Where do you see Revolutionary Recovery going? Do you see it growing further to where you're at now? (31:20)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • A bit of Jon and Jamie Wybar's story (4:01)
  • How it all started in 2006 (8:20)
  • How Revolution Recovery deals with hazardous waste (17:09)
  • What happens with the things that are not supposed to be dumped (23:09)
  • Honesty and fairness. Jon and Jamie talk about their style of conducting a company and treating their employees (337:43)


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