The Recycle1 “Meet the Team” is a series of articles that allow our clients and partners to get to know the team behind the brand.  

Beth Villa - Recycle 1

If Beth’s story doesn’t surprise you—and motivate you—then we’re hard pressed to find something that does. She’s been with Recycle1 since the very beginning. Today, she’s President of Document Destruction, but she started off far more humbly, making deliveries and working oddball hours as she worked her way through college. She never thought she’d end up sticking with the recycling industry for a long-term career path, but she’s just that: happily stuck. She’s entrenched in the day-to-day of operations, problem-solving and leading what she calls and incredible team, and she can’t imagine having it any other way. Meet Beth!

What’s a typical day like for you?

A typical day ranges wildly. I could be moving a truck, dealing with accounts, doing sales or working in the plant.  My favorite is trying to find a solution for us in terms of finding new recycle homes for odd materials.  It’s all over the place, which keeps things fun.

What do you love most about what you do?

I absolutely love that everything can be so different day to day. The job requires us to really use our brains to problem-solve for our customers and think on our feet. On any given day, we can be brainstorming new ideas or coming up with specific pieces of equipment to solve a problem. It’s fascinating.

You’ve been with Recycle1 for nearly 20 years! How have things changed throughout that time?

In the beginning, I was often the only woman in the room, not only at work but at conferences. Trash and recycling was a male dominated area. That was an experience! I’d go to these conferences and be one of the very few women, and it was fun to be truthful about it. But over the years that has changed and I am proud to be at the forefront of it all.

What are some things about you that people may be surprised to learn?

I competed as an United States Olympic weight lifter.  I also used to play professional football and traveled the world doing both.

How did you manage to do that while working?

Barry [the owner of Recycle1] stood by me. He told me to go ahead and pursue these passions, as long as I was able to get the job done. He was extremely flexible, it was great.

In fact, for the local events, I could always count on the Recycle1 team to show up and cheer me on. They would regularly come to my competitions. We really support each other.

Where did you get to travel while competing?

China, Brazil, Japan, Hawaii, all over the United States and all around the world.