For more than 100 years, this family business has grown from recycling rags to an Empire of ten divisions across New York State.


Our History

Founded in 1916, before the importance of recycling was recognized, Empire's creators (Robert, Morton and Louis Kowalsky) believed that simple items such as rags, paper and metals could be re-used. Today, recycling's impact on the environment is making a healthier, more industrious place for us to live, and Empire's services and commitment are a tremendous component in making that happen.

William Kowalsky joined Empire Recycling Corporation in the late 1940s and Charles Weitzman the late 1950s. William eventually became company president, serving until he passed away in 1981. Weitzman then served as president until his retirement in 1990.

Continuing in the family tradition, Steven Kowalsky now serves as president of the growing company with his brother Ed serving as executive vice president.

Under the brothers' leadership, Empire has grown substantially and now includes multiple companies which form the Empire Family of Companies:


Mail:  64 North Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502

Phone:  315-724-7161   |   Fax:  315-724-0167

The Empire Recycling Family of Companies

Metals to paper, steel to transportation - we are here for you!


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