Who We Are

Our Story

It all got started in 2018, when Kelley McReynolds — then the manager of Mid America Recycling’s Lincoln location — and his wife purchased his employer’s facility outright, creating Green Quest Recycling. With a career of recycling management under his belt, Kelley saw an opportunity to expand the facility into what it is today.

Get to Know Us

As a team, we use our combined decades of experience in sanitation and recycling management to provide our community with an experienced materials recovery facility. But we’re not just Lincoln’s recycling experts. We’re parents and grandparents, dog lovers, and your neighbors down the street. We’re proud to have former U.S. service members on our team. We love the city of Lincoln, and it’s our pleasure to help keep it a greener place to live.

Kelley McReynolds

Owner, General Manager

Originally a Des Moines boy, Kelley has spent his entire career in the world of recycling, starting in 1995. He’s headed up plants around the country, including Des Moines, New Orleans, and Houston. In 2014, he joined the Mid America Recycling team and became the general manager and a managing partner of its Lincoln facility. Four years later, he and his wife, Jeanie, purchased that facility and redubbed it Green Quest Recycling. The family business keeps him busy, but he still somehow finds time to practice martial arts, play with the family pups (Jango and Gaia), spend time with his son, Patrick, and head to Florida every year with the family.

Jeanie McReynolds

Owner, Office Manager

Jeanie is the proud co-owner of Green Quest, and she keeps the place running like a well-oiled machine as its office manager. The ultimate multi-tasker, Jeanie is also living out her dream job of raising and breeding German Shepherds at the family home in Firth, Nebraska. It’s also the home of her beloved garden, from which she loves sharing the bounty with friends and family. That is, when she’s not working on her latest home renovation project! Life can be a little crazy, but that’s just how she likes it.

Ray McCray

Plant Manager

Ray has been with this facility for so long, he’s seen it have four different names. He knows all the ins-and-outs of our operation, probably because he’s done it all — starting as a forklift operator in 1998, and even acting as a one-man sorter for a short time before being promoted to plant supervisor. Ray grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and is all about family and enjoying life. He has three children and four grandchildren, and he loves fishing and grilling.

Jim Patton

Maintenance Manager

Originally from Missouri, Jim is one of Green Quest’s former service members, having served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1983–1987. From there, he went into mechanics, working on heavy haul trucks and trailers before moving into refuse and recycling. When he isn’t keeping our facility in gear, Jim is either enjoying time with his family — his wife of 24 years, four daughters, one son, and six grandchildren — going out hunting, or getting the family dog some exercise.

Tasha Wheeler

Warehouse Supervisor

After living in New York, Missouri, and Wisconsin, Tasha discovered there really is no place like Nebraska when she settled here with her husband and three daughters. She calls the shots in our warehouse as its supervisor, and she’s proud to be part of a company that helps keep the Lincoln community clean. Off the clock, Tasha enjoys cooking, art, and being with her loved ones.