MANATEE — For John Desrosiers, it’s all about reusing yard waste and creating a recycled product that ends up back in people’s yards as a landscape enhancement.
Desrosiers, owner of One Stop Landscape & Yard Waste Recycling Facility at 2560 Whitfield Ave., has developed a business that takes in yard clippings from landscapers and wood waste from tree services and then, through a mechanized reduction process, creates organic mulches. Some is composted further to produce top soil.
The process is an example of 100 percent recycling at its best. Unwanted yard waste is ground into a desired landscape product that is used to grow more plants.
“The nutrient value of the soil is so good that the plants can assimilate it much better than a synthetic product,” Desrosiers said.
Desrosiers first got into the brick paver business in 1988, supplying major home builders like US Homes, Lennar and Neal Communities.
In 1994, he opened a landscape store, supplying companies with shovels, clippers and other landscape tools.
In 2003, when the yard waste recycler adjacent to his shop decided to move to a new facility down the road, he started his own recycling business and, a few months later, added the end product of turning the waste into organic mulch and soil. The mulches, which include natural hardwood, color enhanced hardwood mulches, cedar, cypress, wood chips, and playground chips, are sold to garden centers, landscape supply stores and landscape contractors.
Desrosiers enjoys the business aspect of turning waste into a beneficial product.
“We don’t tear down cypress trees to create mulch.
Our product has to be harvested due to overgrowth,” he said.
Once the recycling geared up, he closed the store but, with the operation running smoothly, he reopened it at the beginning of 2010 and hired four more employees.
“I kind of got the cart before the horse when I opened the store before the recycling,” Desrosiers said.
With the green movement gathering momentum, Desrosiers thinks full recycling operations like his are the wave of the future. He wouldn’t be surprised to see similar businesses popping up every 50 miles or so, saving companies time and effort in hauling yard waste and buying mulch.
The business started with two employees. He expects it to continue to grow, despite the fact that others tried to talk him out of launching the business, saying that the area couldn’t support two recycling companies.
“I had no idea I was going to do this, it sort of fell into my lap,” Desrosiers said. “But after people said that I thought I would run it and show others that I could do it.”
He faced tough competition in the beginning but through determination and hard work, he’s succeeded.
Jason Mahlios, owner of AllPro Landscape, a lawn maintenance and tree removal business, uses One Landscape for dumping his yard clippings and other then also buys mulch.
“They recycle everything which is good for the environment,” he said. “Their prices are better than the city dump and they help me unload the material when I bring it in. That saves me a lot of time.”