Waste paper, scrap plastic, and scrap metal recycling with Federal International

Our Vision: Customers always come first – that’s our philosophy. We work with our customers toward the same goals: increased revenues, great service, and integrity. Unlike many recycling companies, we strive to make money by increasing your revenues!

Experience has proven that our success is consistently the result of our excellent service, so as our customer, your interests always come first.

Our History: Founded in 1914 as a rag and scrap paper sorting operation in St. Louis, we expanded into the national brokerage business in the 1940′s. By the 1950′s, Federal was helping some of the nation’s largest printers market their recyclables. During those years, we were known as a company where honesty and integrity always came first.

During the 1960′s, Federal became a leader in the foam trading, recycling, and manufacturing businesses. Over the next 20 years, we built companies in England, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, Uganda, Italy, Canada, and the United States. Today our foam division still owns plants throughout the U.S. and Europe and remains the leading marketing company of scrap foam for recycling.

By 1980, Federal’s Recycling division grew to become the premier waste paper marketing company for printers, box shops, grocery distribution, and convertors. We also acquired recycling plants and helped others build plants by providing equipment and material marketing.

We have over 95 years of exceptional service, great prices, and intgrity in everything we do. Call us today to learn more!

Federal Today: We employ over 350 people worldwide, and last year our revenues exceeded $135 million. Our Foam Division operates facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Holland, Belgium, and Italy – each one manufacturing foam parts and products. Additionally, they market scrap foam throughout the world as a raw material in carpet underlay.

Our Recycling Division, based in St. Louis, MO, has sales offices in Minnesota and Texas and recycling plants in Missouri and Texas. We service customers throughout all of North America – from Vancouver and Maine to Miami and Los Angeles. Our partnerships with local recycling plants allow us to service all of your recyclables throughout the U.S. and Canada.

We have the highest credit rating offered to a company of our size by Dun & Bradstreet.

Our Promise

Waste Diversion / Recycling:

Federal International provides customized recycling programs to meet any company’s needs.  Our daily goal is to divert more than 90 percent of our customers’ waste away from landfills and always look to recycle the remainder.

Reduce, Recover, Responsible, Recycle

We firmly believe in the Four Rs:

  • Reduce: solid waste service fees
  • Recover: recyclables in the workplace
  • Responsible: environmental stewardship
  • Recycle: at every opportunity

Did you know?
One ton of recycled paper can save:

  • 380 gallons of oil
  • 3.5 cubic yards of landfill
  • 17 30-foot pulp trees
  • 7,000 gallons of water

Keeping reusable resources out of landfills goes a long way toward reducing pollution and contributing to a greener world.

Did you know?
In 2010, Americans sent more than 300 million tons of “garbage” to the nation’s landfills. That’s enough to cover the great state ofTexas – twice. Of that amount … 75 percent was recyclable.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Did you know?

  • The steel industry’s annual recycling saves the equivalent energy to electrically power about 18 million households for a year.
  • Recycled steel cans are used to make new steel products, including cars, bridges, lawnmowers, stoves and construction material.
  • Glass is the oldest form of recycled material, produced by the Egyptians more than 3,000 years ago for jewelry and drinking cups.
  • Recycling 1 glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours.
  • Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour (2008).
  • Recycling 1 ton of plastic milk jugs saves enough energy to light a home for about 1 year (10,000 plastic milk jugs = 1 ton).
  • Americans use more than 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year (2008).
  • By recycling 1 aluminum can we can save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
  • An average of 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled every minute.
  • An aluminum can placed in a recycle bin returns to the grocer’s shelf as a new can in less than 60 days.