News / Blog / 10.09.2023

Shapiro Celebrates 120 Years of Innovation and Sustainability in Industrial Recycling

A Century and Two Decades of Pioneering Circular Economy Solutions

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This month marks the 120th anniversary of Shapiro, a leader in industrial recycling and sustainability solutions. From its humble beginnings in 1904 as a one-man operation, Shapiro has grown into a global pioneer, championing the circular economy and setting benchmarks in sustainability.

From Horse-and-Wagon to Global Leader

The journey began in 1884 when Harry Shapiro immigrated to the United States from Russia and listed his occupation as Junk Peddler on his Declaration of Intention. In 1904, Harry’s brother Max began collecting scrap metal with a horse and buggy. Through decades of visionary leadership and innovation, Shapiro has now grown into a company that works with environmentally conscious manufacturers to assist them in reaching their sustainability goals.

Embracing Change, Leading Innovation

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Shapiro expanded its services and footprint, moving into new markets and diversifying its recycling capabilities. The turn of the millennium saw further expansion and technological advancements, including the launch of state-of-the-art facilities, the development of a Sustainability Dashboard, focusing on the positive environmental impacts of all sustainable materials, and providing a circular economy for our clients and consumers.

120 Years of Sustainable Growth

As Shapiro celebrates this monumental anniversary, it reflects on a history rich with achievements such as receiving multiple Alcoa Strategic Supplier Awards and joining and serving on the board of the Bureau of International Recycling. Recent years have seen the launch of transformative initiatives like Circular by Shapiro, the Sustainability Dashboard, and the Master Alloys program, further solidifying Shapiro’s commitment to environmental stewardship and circular economy principles and dedication to living their purpose of Making the Planet Better Together.

Looking to the Future

“As we celebrate 120 years of innovation and sustainability, we are reminded of our responsibility to the planet and future generations,” says Bob Alvarez, CEO of Shapiro. “Our journey from a small family business to an industry leader reflects our commitment to continuous improvement, environmental sustainability, and the circular economy. We’re excited for what the future holds and remain dedicated to pioneering solutions that benefit our partners, communities, and the planet.”