Founded by Chris Fisher in 1992, Fisher Recycling began as a humble one-person operation, collecting recyclable goods from several Charleston restaurants and offices at the request of the business owners. Driving an old, decrepit pick-up truck, Chris Fisher, an “ecopreneur” in the making, was performing a job that restaurant owners and office managers didn’t have time to accomplish – collecting and disposing their recyclable waste.
By 1994, the Charleston, South Carolina business community had embraced Fisher Recycling’s concept of office and restaurant recycling. Scheduled collections, in-house education and dedication to customer satisfaction grew Fisher’s client base from just a few daily collections to more than 30 recycling collections each day. Once well-known for his signature dented, blue pick-up truck, Fisher had to create a fleet, led by “Big Red,” the company’s first real recycling truck, to meet the company’s growing client recycling needs.
In the winter of 2005, the company expanded its warehouse space on to the old Navy Base, located on the revived and renovated “The Navy Yard.” Fisher Recycling actually completes the local recycling loop by processing some of the glass collected and reusing it in a new product line for homes and businesses. This product line is called “GlassEco” and offers custom made countertops, wet bars, loose glass aggregate for landscaping and decorative applications.
Since that time, Fisher has recycled over 8.5 million pounds of aluminum, glass, plastic, and tin and 24 million pounds (12,000 tons) of office paper, newspaper, magazines, and cardboard. Fisher Recycling serves a client base that ranges from restaurants to offices and business parks to hotels and resorts in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. The company also collects e-scrap, or old electronics from area businesses, and developed and implemented successful residential projects on Daniel Island for seven years. Despite the changes of growth and development that the company has experienced, the one constant that continues to guide Fisher Recycling is their commitment to the company philosophy and purpose to educate and serve the community’s business recycling needs.