Back in 1991, our founder Troy Lautenbach was an unemployed college graduate who had an idea. Instead of dumping scrap drywall in the landfill, Troy asked the question: “What if you could take that drywall and turn it into bedding for dairy cattle?”
From that first simple idea, and from Troy’s passion for sustainable waste management, reusability, and stewardship, T & T Recovery was born.
When the business had outgrown its early days, Troy’s brother, Torrey, joined him in business and T & T Recovery became Lauts, Inc.
Today, 30 years later, and as Lautenbach Recycling, Troy and Torrey continue to ask the question “What If”, continue to innovate, and continue to provide outstanding service and waste solutions for homes and businesses throughout Washington state and the surrounding Pacific Northwest.
As a society, we’ve all become more and more accustomed to convenience; we’ve also become complacent to the waste that we create. We continue to see plastic drink bottles, canned foods, product packaging, glass bottles and jars being discarded. Our landfill space is limited, and in some cases shrinking rapidly.
At Lautenbach Recycling, critical to our mission of stewardship is to develop new ways and find new technologies to handle our region’s ever-increasing waste, including:
- New ways to assist businesses in containing and recycling their waste.
- Partnerships that work together to find big solutions for big issues.
- More community engagement and education on how we all can make a difference.
We’ll continue to be tenacious in our pursuit of solutions, and passionate about sustainability.
Lautenbach is one of only two Construction and Demolition recycling facilities in the northwest that is third party certified for recycling rates through the Recycling Certification Institute. We are also the 2019 Gold Award recipient of the C&D World Safety Awards, The 2018 Silver Award recipient of the C&D World Safety Awards, and the 2005 Washington State Recycling Association Recycler of the Year Award.