Best Recycling was founded in 1994 by it’s current owner and President Ken Bell. Mr. Bell has over 25 years of experience in the waste management field. He received his degree at Colorado State University and shortly thereafter joined the EPA for two years. After leaving the EPA he was employed with a hazardous waste disposal company, an analytical laboratory company and served as Vice President for a hazardous waste incineration firm. In 1989 Mr. Bell joined the solid waste industry as the siting and development director for Recomp Inc. a solid waste disposal and composting firm based in Denver, CO. After successfully acquiring and permitting a solid waste disposal and composting operation in Bellingham, WA., Mr. Bell moved to Washington state to be the liaison between local governments, the corporation and regulators. Mr. Bell left Recomp in 1994 and immediately purchased a number of recycling facilities in three states and British Columbia, Canada. Today he serves as Best Recycling’s President and continues to develop projects for his clients.

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Best Recycling began with a simple recycling operation in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This  facility was purchased from the Weyerhaeuser Corporation in the summer of 1994.   The operation named Panhandle Recycling took curbside recycling deliveries from the City of Coeur d’Alene as well as commercial drop off materials from contractors and the general public.  This operation primarily recycled newsprint, cardboard, high grade paper, metals, plastics and glass.


BEST Recycling (Canada) Ltd. was established in British Columbia, Canada in October of 1997, as a result of its acquisition of Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd’s recycling business and plant in New Westminster, B.C. Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper & Magazines
  • Mixed Paper
  • Kraft Paper
  • Books
  • High Grades (OP, WL, CBS, HWE)
  • Aluminum and Tin Beverage Containers
  • Plastic Containers #1 to #4 (HDPE, PET)
  • Glass Beverage Containers

Services The plant provides recycling containers, equipment, and collection service in the Vancouver Lower Mainland area. It also provides a convenient drop-off area for cardboard, newspaper, and mixed paper for waste haulers, recyclers, and the public. BEST Recycling buys back recyclables based on the prevailing fair market value of materials. Other services include:

  • contract processing and marketing of municipal recyclables
  • confidential document destruction and shredding
  • obsolete/expired products destruction and recycling


This operation started as a small but niche processing center which processed, baled and marketed cardboard, paper and aluminum. Our services here have expanded to include most of our unique programs. Today we service or have serviced such diverse clients as the US Antarctic program, Emerald Kalama Chemical, Philip Services Corporation, Clean Harbors environmental, General Growth Management company, Kodak and the City of Bellingham, WA. We specialize in niche markets, hard to handle waste streams and specialty equipment. Bellingham is the currently the corporate headquarters for Best Recycling, Inc.


This facility serviced the entire city of Charleston West Virginia. We responsible for collecting all recyclables both curbside and commercial. We operated a fleet of trucks that serviced all Kanawha county, West Virginia.  This Facility was purchased from the Weyerhaeuser corporation and eventually sold to Fibres International Corporation.

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