Given our history in recycling, it seems only natural to reinvent our companies.

Hershman Recycling’s roots date back to 1887 when Israel Hershman collected rags, scrap metal and other “junk” via horse and wagon on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut. Israel’s great-grandson, Ethan Hershman, joined the family business in 1981 and has helped transform the company from a processor and trader of recyclables into what it is today.

Bruce W. Fleming began his career in the recycling industry in 1974 as a student at Princeton University where he resurrected the University’s recycling program and wrote his senior thesis on the economics of producing paper from recycled newsprint. After three years at Garden State Paper Company, the world’s first 100% recycled newsprint mill, Fleming founded what came to be known as Canusa Corporation as a domestic trader of recycled fiber.

Fast forward to 2002, when the unlikely pair of Hershman and Fleming decided to merge their competing businesses to form Canusa Hershman Recycling. Together, Canusa Hershman expanded into other recyclable commodities (plastics) and new markets (Asia), while building and growing three large material recovery facilities in the mid-Atlantic. This established Canusa Hershman Recycling as one of the most well respected and largest independent recyclers in the United States.

Canusa Hershman has continued to evolve and has established itself as one of the world’s largest independent commodity trading and supply chain management companies. In addition to offering solutions for the recycling industry, CH has expanded to Plastic Resins, Containerboard & Packaging Papers, and Pulp & Alternative Fibers while expanding its international markets and capabilities. The success of CH remains rooted in having the most talented and dedicated people in the industry that provide suppliers and customers with superior market knowledge and legendary customer service in combination with creative and effective financing and supply chain solutions.

History of Canusa Hershman

  • 1887
  • 1910
  • 1940's
  • 1971
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  • 1974
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  • 1990
  • 2002
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  • Jan, 2021
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