"With China driving demand, and India and other Asian countries coming up slowly behind them, we're really on the front lines for export markets," says Kevin Duncombe, WPPP's president and chief operating officer.
While the company's Southern California home gives it immediate access to export channels, Duncombe says it's the people in the plants that truly drive WPPP's success.
WPPP manages three divisions: recycling, document destruction and sheeting.
WPPP relies almost exclusively on industrial sources to feed its plants, according to Duncombe.
This program goes beyond WPPP's core paper business and includes the collection of glass, cans and other metals, plastics and light bulbs.
WPPP also accepts old corrugated containers (OCC), news and mixed paper as well, although, again, not from municipal streams.
Most of the OCC handled by WPPP bypasses the packing plants entirely because it comes already baled from sources like grocery stores and distribution centers.
The high percentage of material from pre-consumer sources makes WPPP's equipment needs a little different than other recyclers.
With its front-row seat to the Asian market, export activity makes up a large percentage of WPPP's business, which reflects quite a change in the past several years.
WPPP's shift toward concentrating on exporting wasn't exactly by choice, Duncombe says.
WPPP is an organization of professional photographers whose purpose is to promote and foster the goals and programs of wedding photographers.
WPPP was formally and legally incorporated and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 15, 2001.