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.


Sam Still
President Recycling Division
Claire Newton

Claire Newton has developed exceptional skills over the past 21 years with Federal – not only in accounting and customer service, but in managing supply and marketing material as well. In her current roll as CFO, she manages all aspects of our accounting and customer service. Her ability to develop strong processes is one of the keys to our outstanding customer service, prompt payments, and strong collections management.

Claire has successfully implemented our E-Service – which allows 24 hour access to any information our customers could want. This information is available for download in Excel, or can be put into a customized format.

Edgardo Wente
Vice President Recycling Division

Born and raised in Patagonia Argentina, Edgardo Wente has spent the last 25 years as one of the premier marketers of waste paper in the Southwest U.S. and Central America. He has an exceptional understanding of the Mexican markets and has relationships spanning two decades with many of the buyers.

Edgardo managed the marketing of all the recyclables in the Southwest for both Smurfit Stone and BFI during the 90's and supplied to most paper mills in the central SW and Mexico until joining Federal International in 2001 where he further expanded to domestic, Asian and European markets.

Edgardo is fluent in German, Spanish, English and French.

VP of Midwest Operations

Sometimes life can take you on an unexpected journey. This is the case for Kendra Kemp. From growing up on horse farms to working in the paper industry, it is no surprise that Kendra is a woman of many hats. Kendra has played a crucial role in the development and growth of Federal’s recycling facilities in both Jefferson City and St. Louis.

After 11 years working in 3 different paper mills, Kendra worked her way up to become Federal International’s Missouri regional manager. Nearly 10 years later, Kendra has shown dedication to Federal’s core values. She is a team player who always works to please her customers.

Nigel Morton, CPA, MBA has been the Controller at Federal International since May 2016 and came to the company with over a decade of experience in public accounting, private accounting, HR, and management.  Nigel has an undergrad degree in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Missouri, an MBA with an Accounting emphasis from Lindenwood University, and is currently a licensed Certified Public Accountant
Seasoned IT Professional with over 15 years of experienced functioning as a Project Manager, System Engineer and LAN Analyst.  Wide range of management and technology experience with an emphasis on how technology can be used to address business problems and recognize the steps needed to insure success.  United States Air Force Veteran
Tim Bliefnick
Managing Director – Brokerage
Tim’s career in recycling began almost by accident with an internship nearly 13 years ago.  From 2005 to now, Tim’s career has involved sales, marketing, plant operations, regional management, and national accounts, going wherever the company needed him most.  Over the years, he has developed an extensive, working knowledge of different materials in recycling including paper, plastic, metal, packaging, and food waste.  Travel to perform site visits has been a part of the job for the entirety of the 13 years and Tim is always looking for an opportunity to come and see things in person and meet face to face to view the operation.  He joined Federal International in 2017 with an eye towards providing plant sales support and growing the business across the United States as Federal continues to expand.

David has over six (6) years of recycling and solid waste industry experience, he has been part of the Federal International team since 2012. He heads the solid waste mitigation department’s analytics and business development.  In this role, his primary responsibilities are to analyze all new opportunities and drive revenue through cost mitigation, pricing and contract term negotiations and increased diversion of recyclable commodities.

 His attention to detail and analytical approach ensures an in-depth understand of the operational requirements of each opportunity, this means each customer receives a customized program that fits their needs.

Jim Schulz
Vice President of Sales

Jim began his career in the solid waste industry in 1978 first as a mechanic then as a front load garbage truck driver. Moving into solid waste sales in 1992 he became a top performer with USA Waste winning the prestigious presidents club award in 1998. He began his recycling career shortly thereafter working for The Peltz Group as a national sourcing broker and then WMRA as the Director of Midwest sales. Now spanning 36 years in the industry, Jim continues his passion for the business by mentoring and developing new talent, developing and implementing new sales tools and marketing Federal as the leader within the industry. – See more at: http://www.federalinternational.com/federal-internationals-100th-anniversary-walk-of-fame/#sthash.mUvnU5dO.dpuf

Sofia Welsh

Sofia Welsh has over 18 years experience in managing recyclables’ supply from generators at the local and national level as well as buying for a paper mill. Her understanding of the needs faced by suppliers includes the importance of pricing, service, and relationships. She has proven that by excelling at these three items, our suppliers’ satisfaction will always be exceptional.

Her previous positions include mill buyer at the McKinley linerboard mill, National Accounts manager, and regional accounts manager. Sofia speaks Spanish and English and works from our office in El Paso, TX.

Executive Assistant Nancy Swoboda works in the Foam Division of Federal International. Having joined Federal in August 1974, she has seen the industry grow and change, especially as the emphasis on recycling grows both domestically and internationally. Nancy is responsible for processing foreign and domestic polyurethane foam scrap shipments and servicing customer and supplier needs as well as interacting with forwarders and freight companies. Nancy is also the personal secretary to our President, Melvyn L. Lefkowitz.
Stephanie Ngo is the lead of Human Resources at Federal International. A proud graduate of Wichita State University (BA of Business) located in Wichita, Kansas. Her responsibilities and experience include providing employee benefit support, coordinating and facilitating recruiting and staffing efforts, managing benefits plan renewal and staying abreast of changes in state/federal legislations, maintaining employee handbook with updated resolutions for all locations. Stephanie’s experience in accounting also provides additional support to the finance team.
Kimbrely has been with the company since 2012.  She was hired as a Customer Service specialist and eventually was promoted of head of Customer Service.  She then moved on to assisting in billing and Vendor Services building relationships with not only our customers but our vendors as well.   Kim then moved into Account Management and is now our Senior Account Manager.

Becky brings over 20 years’ experience in customer service. She started her career with Federal International as Account Manager in June 2010 working in direct exports, scale house and training. Becky has added valuable accounts and continually support the sales team and our customers.


Sharon Utz brings over 15 years of various accounting experience to Federal International. She works from our corporate office, she works in accounts receivable and payables for Federal and Waste Remedies. She is responsible for many other duties at the Corporate office such as managing the companies cell phone accounts, postage and office supplies. Sharon is often called the switch hitter of the company, she is always willing to learn a new job and excels at it.
Sandy Stephens has 20+ years of accounting experience including A/P and Payroll.  Sandy is a competent & independent worker focused on collections & and resolving customer billing issues.  She has been a valuable employee with Federal since 2012. 
Lisa White has been with Federal International’s accounts payable since 2010 working with all our plant locations in Texas, Missouri, Colorado. She brings the expertise in AP functions sending smooth wire transfers, ACH, and checks and follows up with vendors. She’s in charge of freight accounting and serves as backup for Accounts Receivable.

Rhonda Pegg brings over 20 years’ of customer service experience to Federal International, joining our team as Customer Service Representative after moving from Charleston, IL. She works from our corporate office, handling supplier and customer accounts from scheduling loads to logistics to processing and handling.

She loves sports, especially baseball and the Cardinals, plays softball, and bowls.

Beth Quinlisk
Plant Administrator
Beth brings over 20 years’ experience in customer service. She started her career with Federal International as Account Manager in December 2012 then relocated to Plant Administrator in 2013. Not only does Beth deals with the day to day operations at our St Louis Plant but Beth continually build lasting relationships with partnership and suppliers.
Sales Manager
John was born and raised in St. Louis.  He has spent 25 years in sales including the last 12 in the recycling industry.  He began his career with Federal in February 2015.  He plays a critical role in the profitability of the Maryland Heights facility.
Regional sales
Marco Otten, a native of The Netherlands, relocated to the United States in 1995 to complete his studies in Business Administrations. Marco was exposed first to the recycling world in 2005, when he accepted a Market Development position for the MRF in Southeast Missouri. In 2010, he started his own company and traded in paper and plastics. Marco joined Federal International in 2016.
Deb Foppe
Billing Specialist
Deb brings over 15 years of billing experience from a leading waste company and trucking industries. Deb joined the team in Feb 2017 and is focused on invoicing & and resolving customer billing issues.  She has been a valuable employee with Federal.
Hope Lee
Manager of Billing and Collections
Hope Lee has 15+ years of accounting experience, including billing & collections. Hope is excited to be a newer member of the Federal International team having joined in May 2017 as the Billing Supervisor. Hope is new to the recycling & waste industry having spent the majority of her career in the healthcare field. Hope is looking forward to using her background experience to further improve the billing processes & procedures at Federal International. Hope is dedicated to doing an excellent job and excelling at whatever she does. Hope loves to learn new things and always loves a challenge. It is her upmost priority to make sure that the billing department is providing billing in a timely manner and correctly to our customers.
Patricia Marie Chadwick
Operations Manager

Tricia is currently the Operations Manager with the Federal International San Antonio Team.   She has been in the recycling industry for over twenty five years beginning her career with Weyerhaeuser Recycling in San Antonio right after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Tricia has worked in many areas of the industry from a sale assistant, sales, transportation, customer service and now operations.    

Marniece Todd

Marniece Todd is a recent graduate from Harris-Stowe State University with her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She worked as Staff Accountant at St. Martin’s Child Center for the last three and a half years before joining Federal International Accounting and A/P team in August 2018. She has several years of professional experience in internal control procedures, budget management, and resource allocation. Marniece is working toward the senior accounting position, where she can advance her knowledge and gain more responsibility.

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.