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Our History

Vision Recycling’s motto is “Returning Organics Back To Local Soils”. The company transforms yard trimmings, wood debris and food waste into Compost, Mulch, Decorative Bark and Soil Amendment.

Vision emerged in 1993 from a substantially sized local landscape company, Del Conte’s Landscaping Inc, which has been ranked in the top 100 in the landscape industry. The founder of both companies, Tom Del Conte, now has 40 years’ experience as a landscape contractor and 20 years in the Organics, composting and recycling industry. Tom was instrumental in the development of the Green Business requirements for landscapers. He has sat on the County Green Business Advisory Council and has given talks to the Bay Friendly Certification classes.

The roots of Vision Recycling lend itself to true recycling. In the early 90s the company acquired equipment to convert the green waste generated by the landscape firm’s maintenance division into organic amendments used by the landscape construction division. Soon thereafter, Vision secured a contract with the County of Santa Cruz to process their organics material. And most recently a long term contract in 2010, with the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority.

Vision Recycling comes from the horticulture side of the waste stream as opposed to the garbage side, utilizing sustainable solutions for its processing. Vision’s staff see the importance of transforming the waste into valuable resources that the local community can benefit from.

In 1996 Mr. Del Conte took on a partner, Roberto Aguirre, who has become a secret weapon with his steady commitment to efficiently process green materials. Roberto has mastered the skill sets required to maximize productivity and safety within our operations. The company has expanded to 4 grinders, 3 large trommell screens, a host of wheel loaders & excavators, 5 Semi-Truck & Trailer units, 3 water vehicles, and 2 mulch coloring machines. We currently operate 6 facilities on a turn-key service basis. We also provide mobile services to many other landfill operations in all parts of Northern California. In total we now process over 200,000 tons of feedstock per year.

The business model since 2003 has been rather simple. Our vision has been to endeavor to partner with local agencies who wish to have a top quality organics recycling operation within their own community. The synergies of this business model are staggeringly obvious. The Vision Recycling local model supports local commerce, reduces trucking emissions and traffic, promotes “buying local”, creates community pride for using home grown organics on a large scale, and ultimately reduces product price from both ends of the recycling circle.

In 2013 Vision began a new paradigm by opening two facilities in Newark and Livermore on Vision Recycling’s own property. Vision’s most recent store in Benicia is the acquisition of CCL Organics which sits adjacent to Hwy 680 north. These stores are the beginning of many more to come.

From the humble beginnings in 1993 of filling Landscape needs of converting green waste to a soil amendment, to creating retail centers in central California, to partnering with community agencies, our firm has maintained a solid business platform with innovative Visions!

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