The Berg family of companies includes the recycling of paper, metals, and textiles.
In addition to supplying materials to domestic mills, Roger was an early pioneer reaching across the Pacific to supply international manufacturers in emerging markets – China, Vietnam, and other Pacific Rim countries. Growing international opportunities led the company to enter into a partnership in the summer of 1970, to form Classic Fibres, Inc., Berg Mill Supply’s export division. A year later, Classic Fibres became the first exporter to ship wastepaper in sea containers instead of break bulk.
Business relationships based on trust, ethical practice, and a personal touch have formed the foundation of the Berg Mill Supply business for the past 50 years. The company became the sole supplier to the GAF Roofing Mill in Hollister, CA. In 1983, Berg Mill Supply initiated a relationship with SaveMart Supermarkets that endures to this day.
New Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) sprang up across California in the wake of the signing of Assembly Bill 931 in 1985. The bill established a 50% recycling mandate, leading to the development of single stream recycling (also known as “single-sort”). The newly established MRFs became Berg Mill’s largest suppliers
The late 1980’s and 1990’s brought a raft a major shifts in the recycling industry; Berg Mill Supply survived through careful asset management and a strong focus on our mission. October 19, 1987 ¬– often called “Black Monday” ¬– brought stocks crashing down around the globe. Berg Mill Supply drew in its financial strengths and weather the storm, prepared for the big industry shifts to come. In 1994, commodity prices climbed to an all-time high just before the bubble popped and market prices went crashing down
In 1988, the now-ubiquitous triangular recycling symbol was adopted to aid in the recycling of plastics. 1993 marked the first year that more paper was recycled than deposited in landfills. In 1996, the United States was recycling at a rate of 25%. The EPA set national sights on a 40% increase, with a recycling goal of 35%.
In the early 2000’s, Berg Mill began working with partner companies to build new recycling plants and in 2004 expanded into plastic grades to complement our business in waste paper. The same year, our company pioneered a new grade of waste paper called “Special Mix,” that includes all the non-Kraft fiber being generated by the MRFs. The grade provides revenue increases for generators whose quality is between traditional grades.
2008 brought with it another gruesome market crash. After the collapse, Berg Mill Supply drew on our financial strengths to support our valued clients and buoy their businesses.
In 2010, Berg Mill again pushed for innovation in the industry when the company became a partner at Dirty MRF in New Jersey, one of the first MRFs to sort municipal solid waste.
Equipped with 50 years of experience in the industry, Berg Mill Supply Co. stands out from competitors through the personal touch and incomparable service we provide. When Oakland’s 2011 Longshoreman strike put pressure on our clients, we established local warehouses to prevent them from needing to cease operations. We value long term business relationships, offering strong markets domestically and internationally, in addition to competitive pricing and fast payment.
We returned to our roots trading in used textiles in 2013. Also in 2013, Berg Mill Supply Co. became the first fiber supplier to California Paper Products, the first new paper mill built in the Golden State in a generation.