Clovis company recycles paper, cardboard and even their names

Reporter’s Notebook

Call out for Frank Lasky, and several people might respond to the name. That’s because “Frank” is a popular name in the Lasky family.
Working at the former New Mexico Utilities Co. building at Axtell and Curry are Frank Lasky II, his son, Frank Lasky III, and his grandson, Frank Lasky IV.
The men in the family have not only have recycled their name, they also work in the recycling business, accepting tons and tons of newsprint, office papers and cardboard from businesses and individuals in the community.
Frank II, owner of Recycling Depot, said he has been in the recycling business for 25 years. He recycles between 50 and 75 tons of paper goods a month.
“I’m the only one here who does newspapers and stuff.”
The Laskys charge a nominal monthly fee from businesses to help cover the cost of insurance on the truck they use to pick up paper refuse. Then they bale the product, store it inside until they have enough for a semi-trailer load and then send it off.
Lasky has big hopes for expansion, but it takes time and money — and the recycling industry is still in its infancy. His facility is next to the tracks, so he could ship things in and out by rail, if he could develop the necessary volume, he said.
He would also be able to add on new employees who don’t necessarily answer to “Frank.”

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Glen Seeber. Suggested items may be mailed to editor David Stevens at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is:
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