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Our Story & Timeline

Pioneering New Approaches in Materials Management

Capitol’s history really began with founder Jim Mraz growing up in the recycling business. His dad, Paul, was a true recycling pioneer and way ahead of his time. In 1960, as a Chemical Engineer for a major international chemical company, Paul wanted to recycle solvents instead of wasting them. Paul’s radical notion of providing alternatives that maximized the use of resources without wasting them was the beginning of what we now know as the waste management industry. His father’s mindset instilled in Jim a deep understanding of innovative resourcefulness and an appreciation for recycling and recovery at an early age. This mindset drives Capitol’s business philosophy today. It’s what we’re all about.