The History of Boonslick Industries

Part of the umbrella of companies under Unlimited Opportunities, Inc., Boonslick Industries, Incorporated opened in the old Archway Cookie Factory in downtown Boonville, MO on December 13, 1976 to provide employment for 17 men and women with disabilities.

In 1982, with the passage of Missouri Senate Bill 40, the Cooper County Board of Sheltered Services (CCBSS) was formed to administer tax revenue assessment and collection to provide services for persons with developmental disabilities.

The number of people participating in BII employment continued to grow until a larger facility became necessary. In 1983, the property and building at 1620 W. Ashley Road was purchased and became the employment center for individuals with disabilities in Cooper County.

As time passed, the need for supported housing became apparent. BII was not qualified to administer and provide housing services, so in 1990 Boonslick Residential Services (BRS) was formed. Construction began on two HUD facilities, Village Green Apartments and Hillcrest House.

In 1991, Unlimited Opportunities, Inc. was formed to administer and manage Boonslick Industries, Inc., Boonslick Residential Services, Inc. and other programs that provide comprehensive services to people with disabilities in Cooper and Howard Counties. Village Green Apartments and Hillcrest House opened that same year.

Boonslick Industries retains its distinct identity while holding a pivotal role in the UOI operations. The BII Extended Employment Center provides job training and employment in the BII Recycling Center, Savvy Seconds-The Unlimited Resale Store, and the I-70 Rest Areas at Boonville.

The BII Day Program provides job skills exploration and training, employment, social skills support, and community integration activities.


Annual Diversion Tracker

As of November 30th, 2019, BII has diverted 3,221,303 pounds of material from landfills in 2019. 

About Boonslick Industries Recycling Center

Boonslick Industries, Inc. is an extended employment center providing jobs and job training for more than 50 men and women with disabilities.

BII has been operating in a rebuilt facility since October 2014.

BII has two horizontal balers, three vertical balers, a metal densifier, a comingled container sort line, and a plastic perforator on the production floor.

In addition to the production floor, BII has a paper sorting room where our staff separates the incoming paper into three distinct grades to maximize the revenue.

BII partners with two other extended employment centers, Endless Options Recycles in Fayette, MO and Lafayette County Enterprises in Higginsville, MO, to process and sell the commodities.

These two facilities collect various waste streams, but do not have the resources available to complete the processing or do not produce quantities that allow them to sell in truckload amounts.

These partnerships allow the two extended employment centers to receive more revenue for the work they perform, thereby keeping more jobs and jobs training available for more men and women with disabilities.

In 2013, the Recycling Center processed 55.3% of the 3.27 million pounds diverted from the landfill, with the remainder being processed by another recycling company in Jefferson City.

In 2014, BII processed 59.6% of the 3.15 million pounds diverted from the landfill, again with the remainder processed by the recycling partner in Jefferson City.

In 2015, BII processed 99.5% of the 3.25 million pounds diverted from the landfill, with only that small remainder from January 2015 (and none since) processed by a recycling company in Jefferson City, MO.

In 2016, BII processed and diverted 3.84 million pounds from the landfill.

In 2017, BII processed and diverted 3.53 million pounds from the landfill.  In February 2017, BII made the business decision to discontinue shipments of clothing due a significant decrease in market price.  This resulted in an approximately 200,000 pounds reduction in total diversion.

Community Drop-Off Programs

BII offers convenient drop-off recycling service at our facility at 1620 W. Ashley.

In 2017, BII expanded the cardboard bunker and extended block walls over 20 feet into the parking lot to decrease the effects of wind on the loose cardboard.  These walls also help delineate the area for automobile traffic and keep our workforce safer.

Materials Accepted:

Wastes Not Accepted

BII partners with several local communities and offers community drop-off locations in the following cities:

*Zoom in on the green location pins on the above map to see actual location*

Find out more information by visiting the Missouri DNR website.

Route Collection

BII operates two compactor trucks collecting cardboard from commercial customers on eight routes.

Additionally in June 2014, BII began operating separate collection routes for commercial roll carts filled with waste paper and mixed food containers. Removing these products from our compactor routes greatly improved the quality of the materials collected and reduced the antiquated hand-sort process, making the entire process more efficient. BII currently has five of these roll cart routes and continues to expand this service.

BII provides collection to approximately 25 school districts or private schools, including Boonville, Fayette, New Franklin, Slater, Morgan Co R-1 and R-II and Columbia.

BII provides service to approximately 250 other businesses, and city, county, state, or federal agencies in Cooper, Howard, Morgan, Moniteau, Saline, Boone, and Chariton counties.

Savvy Seconds Resale Store

Savvy Seconds is located at 1620 W. Ashley Road.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Donations are taken Thursday & Friday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Unique Resale Store

This Unlimited Retail Store Features:

What you’ll find at Savvy Seconds:

Due to requirement changes in our Recyclable Textiles, we can no longer accept any clothing, sheets, blankets, towels, curtains, quilts, bedding, fabrics or other textiles that has tears, stains, holes, or odors. We can also no longer accept used underwear or socks.  Items must be store-worthy textiles/clothing.

We also ask there be no spiders, spider eggs, roaches, roach eggs, mice feces, human feces, animal feces, musty odors, mold or heavy soiled items in any of your donations.

Please do not bring loose donations. Donations need to be in boxes, bags, or containers that you do not want back.

We are very appreciative of your donations, and we apologize for any inconvenience. We do have to meet these new requirements on our end, so we appreciate your cooperation.

As a reminder we do not accept: Electronics, computers, tv’s, satellites, copiers, printers, car seats, walkers, strollers, high chairs, baby beds, bouncy seats, or any items that can be recalled or are dated. We also do not accept mattresses, box springs, chemicals, paint, or any hazardous materials.

Furniture can only be received upon approval.

We reserve the right to refuse any donations.

Please do not donate any broken or unusable items.

For more information on our store, please contact Diana Durham at 660-882-3948 or send her an email at     

Rest Area Maintenance

Boonslick Industries has a contract through the Missouri Department of Transportation with HDR/ICA in Kansas City to maintain the rest areas along Interstate 70, east of Boonville. We have been performing this work 365 days per year for more than 20 years.

Hours of maintenance run 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. year round.

BII Day Program

BII Day Program offers the opportunity for individuals to develop work skills by working on a part time basis in the extended employment center.  BII Day Program also offers a variety of community activities and learning activities.

The hours for the BII Day Program are 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

BII Day Program helps individuals identify activities of interest and teach new skills.  Some examples include:

  • Communication/socialization skills such as keeping in touch with family and friends, encouraging group participation, developing friendships, problem solving skills and learning socially appropriate ways to communicate with peers and while in the community.  BII Day Program also encourages individuals to make their own choices and then learn how to deal with the consequences of those choices.
  • Domestic Skills such as cooking, basic cleaning and safety skills in the kitchen. 
  • Money Skills such as purchasing items in the community or from a vending machine or coin identification.
  • Self-help Skills such as learning about how to make healthier choices, grooming and hygiene, and identifying and encouraging exercise activities of interest.
  • Leisure and Recreation opportunities include arts and crafts, playing a variety of games, physical exercise such as going to the YMCA or walks, volunteer activities and Community Outings.  BII Day Program goes to places such as art museums, auto shows/museums, the Columbia Mall, out to eat or to a state or local fair to name a few.
cooking class for special needs day program
arts and crafts

For more information on our companies, call us today at 660-882-5576.