RMG: We are a recycler, not a polluter
Steve Joseph, RMG’s Chief Executive Officer, wrote a guest commentary separating fact from fiction about the company’s new Southeast Side recycling facility that was published Oct. 29, 2020, in The Chicago Tribune .
RMG, an established presence, is building an environmentally responsible metal recycling facility
Hal Tolin, RMG’s Chief Operating Officer, wrote a guest commentary on building the company’s new Southeast Side recycling facility that was published Sept. 23, 2020, in The Daily Line.
RMG Statement Regarding Illinois EPA Permit For General III, LLC
The permit establishes that RMG has met all environmental requirements and the environmental controls and equipment at the new General III facility will exceed those found at any other steel shredding operation in Illinois or the surrounding states. The permit imposes strict conditions that will ensure we keep our commitment to respect and protect air quality and public health.
As we told the IEPA, numerous comments opposing the permit were wildly false and lacked either a factual basis or scientific evidence. We are looking forward to commencing operations in early 2021 with the most technologically advanced facility available and bringing jobs and commerce to the Southeast Side, where RMG has operated and provided community support for nearly three decades.
Donations Pour Into RMG’s Neighborhood
RMG companies proudly support The Southeast Side of Chicago Food Pantry, located on our property. After helping them relocate to our East Side property over eight months ago, they are now able to serve over three times the number of families. NBC5 Chicago reported that a GoFundMe project has raised nearly $60,000 to provide food and baby supplies to East Side residents hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and recent civic unrest. We were pleased to greet Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th) and Alderman Michele Smith (43rd) and applaud their efforts to raise money and deliver groceries to support our neighborhood families. RMG’s affiliated company, GII, LLC, has owned and operated a metal facility recycling facility on the North Side since the fall of 2019, and we’re working hard to replace the north side facility with our new state of the art General III metal recycling facility on our 175 acres at 11600 South Burley Ave. We are East Side Strong!
Chicago Tonight May 20, 2020
“The RTO (regenerative thermal oxidizer) appears to have had some success in terms of reducing the volatile organic compound emissions. There’s no question about that and the science does say that. . . . We’re not scientists,” Chicago Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) said, appearing alongside General Iron spokesman Randall Samborn on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight on May 20.
“And I give them credit. That thermal oxidizer . . . cost several million dollars.” Alderman Hopkins said.
Actual experts at the Illinois EPA told City of Chicago officials in early April that General Iron was fully compliant with air quality emissions standards.
We appreciate Alderman Hopkins’ recognition of the efforts we’re making. We’re looking forward to completing our even better new facility on the southeast side on much larger property with greater buffers from public streets and neighbors. General Iron has the only enclosed metal shredder in Chicago with a particulate matter filter and an RTO. The City’s best long-term interest will be served when we complete all necessary repairs, meet and exceed all city and state operating requirements, and resume responsible recycling that protects public health and the environment.
RMG Letter to Chicago Department of Public Health
Read Reserve Management Group’s letter to Mr. David Graham of the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health regarding GII, LLC as an Essential Business during the COVID-19 crisis.
Facts About General Iron
While we welcome questions and concerns about our facility, we would like to address the substantial misinformation that is being spread about us in the neighborhood, which we have also called home for more than a half-century.
City of Chicago, General Iron Reach Agreement
“We are excited that this new venture, led by RMG, will continue providing more than 100 jobs and critical metal recycling services.” Adam Labkon, vice president of General Iron.
GI Installs First RTO in the Midwest and Reaches Agreement with US EPA Resolving Alleged Violations
General Iron Industries, Inc., a metal shredding and recycling facility in Chicago, has installed and is now operating a $2 million regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) that enables the company to fully comply with, and outperform, a state requirement.
ISRI President: Recycling Leaders Press for Fixes to Boost Environmental Gains
Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, representing more than 1,300 companies involved in all aspects of the recycling chain, wrote about ISRI’s meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill for InsideSources.com.
By the Numbers
General Iron recycles 700,000 tons of obsolete metal products annually, which is approximately the same amount as all of the garbage collected each year in the City of Chicago.
General Iron is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that has proudly served Chicago for more than 100 years.
General Iron employs approximately 130 workers, mostly minorities, whose average income is $80,000 annually. Almost half of our workforce has been with the company for over 10 years.
1st in Chicago
General Iron invests in industry-leading best practices, including a high-efficiency filter, and is preparing to spend $2 million to install a regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO). General Iron will be the only metal shredding facility in Chicago and one of the first in the country to utilize this technology.