Behind the List with Matthew Cougle of Cougle’s Recycling Inc.

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Today, having a green thumb is imperative to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Recycling products from plastics to cardboard, and everything in between, goes a long way in sustaining a clean environment.

Today, having a green thumb is imperative to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Recycling products from plastics to cardboard, and everything in between, goes a long way in sustaining a clean environment.

Businesses in the Greater Lehigh Valley and beyond produce mass amounts of waste daily. Fortunately, there are waste hauling and recycling companies throughout the region equipped with the resources to properly dispose of and recycle leftover materials and trash.

One company that has a significant impact in the region is Cougle’s Recycling Inc. in Hamburg.

Here to answer this week’s “Behind the List” questions is Matthew Cougle, chief operating officer of the recycling plant on Route 61.

Lehigh Valley Business: How long has Cougle’s Recycling Inc. been operating in the Greater Reading/Greater Lehigh Valley and what are its primary services?

Matthew Cougle: Cougle’s Recycling was founded approximately 70 years ago by Charles Cougle as a civic duty during World Word War II. The first location was a small garage in Salisbury Township (Lehigh County).

In the early ’80s, Robert Cougle and his late wife, Debra, took over the business. After taking the helm, CRI experienced significant growth. With this growth came the need for additional personnel and equipment, which led to a new location in New Smithville. A tragic fire in 1992 destroyed the entire facility and led us to our current Hamburg location.

CRI continues to grow and develop new markets and opportunities with the third generation of the Cougle family leading the charge.

We are a recycling service provider specializing in municipal, commercial and industrial recycling solutions. Our focus on recycling helps companies to maximize recycling and returns while reducing waste.

CRI is able to provide complete recycling and waste handling solutions, consultation, logistics, education, recycling equipment and receptacles.

Christopher Holland
Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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