|On Sept. 25, Josh and Chris Longfellow, from left, opened Camp Verde Metal Recycling. VVN/Bill Helm|
For Chris and Josh Longfellow, recycling has always been second nature.
"We grew up on a ranch," Chris says. "There was always something to clean up. Instead of throwing things away, we recycled them."
Josh says recycling is what also helped him get through high school.
On Sept. 25, the Longfellow brothers opened Camp Verde Metal Recycling at 873 E. Howard's Road, off State Route 260. Camp Verde Metal Recycling salvages copper, brass, steel, aluminum, automotive parts, refrigerators and hot water heaters, pretty much anything that is metal.
Camp Verde Metal Recycling is now paying its customers for cardboard, though the brothers say the payout is minimal.
Camp Verde Metal Recycling is not Chris and Josh's first recycling business. Since 2007, the brothers operated a mobile recycling business. According to the brothers, the only thing that has changed is that their customers now have a place to drop off. According to Josh, half of the company's current customer base now prefers to bring their recycling to Camp Verde Metal Recycling.
"A lot of people like to bring it in because our weights are right on the money," Josh says. "But we're hoping to get a mobile scale for the truck."
Besides serving the general public, Camp Verde Metal Recycling hopes to establish steady accounts to allow them to build a regular route, which would include automotive shops, water companies, machine shops, small-motor service shops and well companies.
"[We are] well-acquainted with the practices and procedures of the industry," Chris says. "We just recently decided to step up to the next level."
Camp Verde Metal Recycling provides free pick up to the Verde Valley for loads 100 pounds or more.
"Our plan is to offer quality service to our community and with that, we feel that the business will grow to a comfortable size, but not so big that we lose the small town personal touch," Chris says. "We feel that the benefits of recycling are far greater than just profiting financially from it.
"The impact of keeping these things out of the land fill and putting them back into a useful service is huge, not only on our local community but on a world-wide basis," Chris adds. "And if everyone made an effort on some level to recycle, we promise that this world will be a much better place for our kids and grandkids to be a part of in the future."
Camp Verde Metal Recycling is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. For additional information, contact Chris and Josh Longfellow at (928) 567-8662 or (928) 300-3792.
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