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Driver of the Year

This program honors those drivers who operate their trucks in a safe and responsible manner, have outstanding performance records, and whose contributions have enhanced the overall safety and image of the solid waste industry. This competition is a great way to recognize your best and safest drivers. Applications will reopen April 16, 2018. Deadline to submit applications is December 14, 2018. 


Application
Nominate your best! This competition is a great way to recognize your best and safest drivers. All nominees receive a gift. The winner in each category is honored in person at WasteExpo, and receives a commemorative gift and $1000 cash prize. Submit your applications here. 

Deadline for the Driver of the Year application is December 14, 2018. 

 

Award Categories
Small Company 
Independent or private company with a fleet of 50 or fewer vehicles. Collection routes may include residential, commercial, or industrial customers.

Medium Company 
Independent or private company with a fleet between 51 and 250 vehicles. Collection routes may include residential, commercial, or industrial customers.

Regional Company Residential 
Regional independent/private company or publicly-traded company with a fleet between 251 and 2,000 vehicles. Collection activities involve pick-up from single family and multi-family dwellings, using household containers.

Regional Company Commercial 
Regional independent/private company or publicly-traded company with a fleet between 251 and 2,000 vehicles. Collection routes involving pick-up of containerized refuse from business or apartment complexes that is dumped into collection vehicles.

Regional Company Industrial 
Regional independent/private company or publicly-traded company with a fleet between 251 and 2,000 vehicles (operators of roll-off vehicles & transfer trailers). Collection routes involving movement of refuse in large containers or transfer trailers.

Large Company Residential 
Large independent/private company or publicly-traded company with a fleet of more than 2,001 vehicles. Activities involve pick-up from single family and multi-family dwellings, using household containers.

Large Company Commercial 
Large independent/private company or publicly-traded company with a fleet of more than 2,001 vehicles. Collection routes involving pick-up of containerized refuse from business or apartment complexes that is dumped into collection vehicles.

Large Company Industrial 
Large independent/private company or publicly-traded company with a fleet of more than 2,001 vehicles (operators of roll-off vehicles & transfer trailers). Collection routes involving movement of refuse in large containers or transfer trailers.

Public Sector 
Local, county, city, state or federal government entity or institution.

 Nomination Payment Information 
(Price per nomination)

Small member companies - $50
Medium member companies - $75
Regional and Large member companies - $175
Affiliates - $125
Non-member - all categories - $250

 How to Enter
Please submit your applications here.

  1. If you are new to this application process, please sign up by entering your email address and creating a password. You will then be taken to the application form. If you have already created an application, please login to review/edit application(s).
  2. Complete all questions on the nomination form.
  3. Submit nomination form(s) with payment and required documents.

The Judging Process
All preliminary judging is completely anonymous and is based on a weighted scoring system.The finalists in each category are determined by computer tabulation. Additional documentation will be requested for these individuals. Upon notification, please provide letters of recommendation, service award certificates, testimonials from customers, or any other documented examples of outstanding service. The coded score sheets and additional documentation will be forwarded to a judging committee to assist in selecting the winners. The supervisor of the winning driver in each category will be notified via e-mail in January of 2018.

 Who Can Participate

Drivers from the private and public sectors in the United States involved in solid waste hauling and/or recycling services.

Drivers must be a full-time employee at the time of nomination, winner selection and award presentation. 

Please contact Spencer Brignac with any questions about the nomination process at: 
202-364-3709 or sbrignac@wasterecycling.org.

Applications are due December 14, 2018.



Past Recipients


2017 
Large Commercial
Javier Verduzco, Republic Services (Huntington Beach, CA)

Large Industrial
Jesse Pena, Republic Services (Phoenix, AZ)

Large Residential
Rick Thomas, Waste Connections (Eugene, OR)

Large Industrial
Mark Rutkowski, Waste Management (Baltimore, MD)

Regional Commercial
Halsey Wolford, Rumpke (Cincinnati, OH)

Regional Industrial
Greg Figueroa, WCA (Tavares, FL)

Regional Residential
Terry Russell, Rumpke (Circleville, OH)

Medium Company
Derrick Belin, All Waste, Inc. (Hartford, CT)

Small Company
Bill Kuhlman, Walters Recycling and Refuse (Blaine, MN)

Public Sector
Rhonda Kitchen, Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling (Midvale, UT)


2016 
Large Commercial
Ronald Work, Waste Management (Ambridge, PA)

Large Industrial
David Brian Bedford, Republic Services (Boise, ID)

Large Residential
Efren 'Fernando' Lopez, Republic Services (Stockton, CA)

Medium Company
Scott Bruso, PDC/AREA Disposal (Morton, IL)

Large Public Sector
Daniel Clark, City of Tacoma (Tacoma, WA)

Small Public Sector
Mark Frazure, MOA Solid Waste Services (Anchorage, AK)

Regional Commercial
Rickie Patterson, Rumpke (Cincinnati, OH)

Regional Industrial
Angel Veloz, Waste Pro USA (Ft. Myers, FL)

Regional Residential
Chuck Lawyer, Casella Waste Services (Williston, VT)

Small Company
Gary Reay, Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling (Wasatch, VT)


2015
Large Commercial
Todd Colarusso, Republic Services, Inc. (Scottdale, PA)

Large Industrial
Scott Gordon, Advanced Disposal (Brockway, PA)

Large Residential
Jesus M. Santos, Jr., Waste Management, Inc. (Irvine, CA)

Medium Company
Alan Baltimore, Action Environmental Group (Chester, NY)

Large Public Sector
Marcial Magsambol, Municipality of Anchorage (Anchorage, AK)

Small Public Sector
Kris Beaver, City of Stillwater (Stillwater, OK)

Regional Commercial
William A. Justice, Rumpke (Columbus, OH)

Regional Industrial
James Jourden, Rumpke (Louisville, KY)

Regional Residential
Michael Clay, Rumpke (Cincinnati, OH)

Small Company
Doug Reich, Veit Container Corporation (Rogers, Minnesota)


2014
Large Commercial
Quemene Perea, Republic Services, Inc. (Lake Havasu City, AZ)

Large Industrial
Florentino Castrellon, Republic Services, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)

Large Residential
Johnny Caine, Republic Services, Inc. (Baton Rouge, LA)

Medium Company
Andrew Czekaj, All Waste, Inc. (Hartford, CT)

Public Sector
Daniel Gonzales, City & County of Denver (Denver, CO)

Regional Commercial
James Stoops, Rumpke (Cincinnati, OH)

Regional Industrial
Jim Hawes, Rumpke (Cincinnati, OH)

Regional Residential
David Sasser, Rumpke (Cincinnati, OH)

Small Company
David Rogenski, Borden Waste-Away Group, Ltd. (Elkhart, IN)
 
 
2013
Large Commercial
Ruben Alcantara, Waste Management, Inc. (Baldwin Park, CA)

Large Industrial
Daniel Parker, Republic Services, Inc. (Birmingham, AL)

Large Residential
Terrance Johnson, Republic Services, Inc. (Baton Rouge, LA)

Medium Company
Mike George, Central Jersey Waste & Recycling, Inc. (Ewing, NJ)

Public Sector
Paul Jones, City of Stillwater (OK)

Regional Commercial
Tim Taber, Rumpke Consolidated Companies (Greenville, OH)

Regional Industrial
Randy King, Rumpke Consolidated Companies (Louisville, KY)

Regional Residential
Darrell Davis, Rumpke Consolidated Companies (Columbus, OH)

Small Company

Cesar Cevallos, Mr. T Carting Corporation (Glendale, NY)

 

2012
Small Company Commercial
Jamie Montague, Rogue Disposal and Recycling, Inc. (Central Point, Ore.)

Small Company Industrial
Tony Milner, Rogue Disposal and Recycling, Inc. (Central Point, OR)

Small Company Residential
Ralph Smith, Forest Green Waste Services (Cincinnati, OH)

Large Company Commercial
Jesus Pena, Republic Services, Inc. (North Las Vegas, NV)

Large Company Industrial
Brett Popke, Allied Waste/Republic Services, Inc. (Sandusky, OH)

Large Company Residential
Mike Buczkowski, Republic Services, Inc. (Sylvania, OH)

Public Sector
Saul Lopez, Salt Lake County Sanitation (UT)


2011
Small Company Commercial
Brian LaRotunda, Mr. T Carting Corp. (Glendale, NY)

Small Company Industrial
Edward Aubin, Sr. Arena Trucking Co., Inc. (Rice, VA)

Small Company Residential
Tony Louzon, ACE Solid Waste, Inc. (Ramsey, MN)

Large Company Commercial
Danny McIntyre, Republic Services, Inc. (Las Vegas, NV)

Large Company Industrial
Eugene Schmidtke, Veolia Environmental Services (Ocala, FL)

Large Company Residential
Keith Pilot, Republic Services, Inc. (Henderson, NV)

Public Sector
John Whittaker, Salt Lake County (Midvale, UT)


2010
Small Company Residential
David Merrill, Rogue Disposal and Recycling (White City, OR)

Small Company Commercial
Phillip Rogers, Windsor Sanitation (Windsor, CT)

Large Company Industrial
Rodney Poe, Republic Services (Indianapolis, IN)

Large Company Residential
Anthony Lucious, Republic Services (Las Vegas, NV)

Large Company Commercial
Kenneth Aldrich, Republic Services (Aurora, IL)

Public Sector
Coury Greear, Town of Gilbert (AZ)


2009
Small Company Industrial
Richard DeFelice, East Coast Resources (Richmond, CA)

Small Company Residential
Larry Upshaw, Cardinal Sanitation (Tyrone, GA)

Small Company Commercial
Sean Jollon, Mr. T Carting Corp. (Glendale, NY)

Large Company Industrial
John Thomas, Republic Services (Las Vegas, NV)

Large Company Residential
Jean Alexandre, Veolia E.S. (West Palm Beach, FL)

Large Company Commercial
Donald Lederer, Republic Services (Lake Havasu, AZ)

Public Sector
Kenneth Hunnicutt, City of Fresno (CA)


2008
Small Company Industrial
James E. Metzger, Peoria Disposal Company (Peoria, IL)

Small Company Residential
Delmar G. Decker, Manitowoc Disposal, Inc. (Manitowoc, WI)

Small Company Commercial
Jaime Diaz, Mr. T Carting Corp. (Glendale, NY)

Large Company Industrial
John H. Morrow, Waste Management, Inc. (Reno, NV)

Large Company Residential
Richard E. Lial, Republic Services (Henderson, NV)

Large Company Commercial
Jerome Overton, Republic Services (Henderson, NV)

Public Sector
Robert Overton, City of Fresno (CA)


2007
Small Company Industrial
Pat Sheehan, Marengo Disposal Co.

Small Company Residential
James Hickson, Arena Trucking Co.

Small Company Commercial
Kenneth Hewson, Northern Sanitation, Inc.

Large Company Industrial
Billy Hurst, Waste Management, Inc.

Large Company Residential
Lawrence Green, IESI Corp.

Large Company Commercial
Cleotha Williams, Republic Services, Inc.

Public Sector
Ronald Lilly, Town of Gilbert, AZ


2006
Small Company Industrial
Salvatore Lemorta, Allied Waste Services of Albany.

Small Company Residential
Ralph Dick, Allied Waste Services of Hagerstown

Small Company Commercial
Richard Lemley, Allied Waste Services of Albany

Large Company Industrial
Ronald Settle, Republic Services, Inc.

Large Company Residential
Michael Thomas, Duncan Disposal/Republic Services, Inc.

Large Company Commercial
Robert Jordan, Allied Waste Industries, Inc.

Public Sector
Junius Hawkins, City of San Diego/Environmental Services


2005
Small Company Industrial
David Alderman, Florida Refuse Service, Inc.

Small Company Residential
Paul Muth, Raritan Valley Disposal

Small Company Commercial
Tom Roeder, American Disposal Services of the Ozarks

Large Company Industrial
Jerry Wright, BFI Waste Services

Large Company Residential
Zacarias Pelayo, Taormina Industries

Large Company Commercial
Bobbie Gipson, Waste Management, Inc.

Public Sector
Darrell Merkel, City of Seattle - Solid Waste


2004
Small Company Industrial
Michael Tate, American Disposal Services

Small Company Residential
James Gradney, BFI Lake Charles

Small Company Commercial
Keith Bohac, Republic Waste Services

Large Company Industrial
Felipe Villegas, Consolidated Service, Inc.

Large Company Residential
William Taggert, BFI Waste Services

Large Company Commercial
Edward Wright, BFI Waste Services

Public Sector
Jack Manning, City of Pratville, AL


2003
Small Company Industrial
Charles Van Dyke, ONyx Waste Services

Small Company Residential
Michael J. Gerworlds, Rick Rhein Disposal

Small Company Commercial
David R. Coon, Prairie Waste Service

Large Company Industrial
Ed Pfrenger, Chardon Hauling/Waste Management, Inc.

Large Company Residential
Fred Hall, Waste Corporation of Joplin

Large Company Commercial
Randy J. Vandyken, Sunset Waste Services

Public Sector
Sanders Roberts, Jr., City of Venice, FL


2002
Small Company Industrial
Johnny Sledge, BFI Waste Systems

Small Company Residential
Brian Fortune, BFI - Elyria

Small Company Commercial
Kent Cousino, BFI

Large Company Industrial
Douglas Slinkman, National Waste Services

Large Company Residential
Anthony Ceasar, BFI Waste Services

Large Company Commercial
Charles Wright, Wate Management of Dade County

Public Sector
Enrique Rojas, City of San Diego, CA


2001
Small Company
Gene R. Rehbein, Walters Recycling and Refuse

Large Company Industrial
John T. Updike, Sr., BFI Waste Systems

Large Company Residential
Alan R. Beschler, York Waste Disposal, Inc.

Large Company Commercial
Alberto V. Aguilar, BFI Waste Systems

Public Sector
Michael J. Maloney, City of San Diego, CA


2000
Small Company Industrial
Charles A. Elsaesser, Rumpke Transportation

Small Company Commercial
Robert L. Schneider, Lloyd Brothers Trucking Co.

Large Company Industrial
Dennis Potter, BFI Idaho

Large Company Residential
Johnie Lee Roberson, All Service Refuse

Large Company Commercial
Edward Lee Wright, BFI

Public Sector
Ernest E. Dennis, City of Iowa City, IA


1999
Small Company Industrial
Michael Hashem, E.L. Harvey & Sons

Small Company Residential
Darrell Tesch, Lloyd Brothers Trucking Co. Inc

Small Company Commercial
Harold L. Caskey, Rumpke Transporation Co.

Large Company Residential
Stephen Carrington, Waste Mangement, Inc.

Large Company Commercial
L.C. Tycson, All Service Refuse

Public Sector
Johnny Rushing, City of San Diego
 

1998
Small Company Industrial
Manuel Darosa, Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling, Inc.

Small Company Residential
Jackson Kile, Wester Refuse Co

Small Company Commercial
Lester Kesy, L B Trucking

Large Company Industrial
Peter Myron, Waste Management, Inc.

Large Company Residential
Bobby Brown, Southern Sanitation

Large Company Commercial
Robert Allen, Waste Management, Inc.

Public Sector
Otis Braddy, City of Orlando (FL)


1997
Small Company Industrial
Ernest Tarca III, Paines Inc.

Small Company Commercial
William Fankhauser, R.C. Miller Refuse Service, Inc.

Large Company Industrial
Aubrey Mannasseh, Southern Sanitation

Large Company Residential
Rpbert Flores, Waste Management of South Jersey

Large Company Commercial
Alexander Little, Waste Management of Delaware

1996
Small Company Industrial
Roger Foley, Rumpke Container Service

Small Company Residential
Kenneth Davies, R.C. Miller Refuse

Small Company Commercial
Kenneth Hier, Casella Waste Management

Large Company Industrial
Dennis Zehrung, Waste Management Northeast

Large Company Residential
Gary Robinson, Waste Management of Pittsburgh

Large Company Commercial
Kevin Sontag, Waste Management of Ohio


1995
Industrial Finalists
Thomas Lillis, Waste Management of Connecticut

Richard Majtyka, Waste Management of New York

Boyd Pearson, Waste Management of Ohio

Lyle Planty, Waste Management of New York

Steven Wright, Waste Management of Colorado


Residential Finalists
Jimmie Glover, Nichols Sanitation

Earl Graves, Waste Management of St. Louis

Tom Holibaugh, Waste Management of Michigan

Steve Jenkins, Waste Management of SC

James Mullinax, Waste Management of Ohio


Commercial Finalists
John Alley, Waste Management of South Carolina

Fausto Guiterrez, Waste Management of San Diego

John Moore, Waste Management of Ohio

Roger Pike, Waste Management of Ohio

Ralph Steckley Big Bear Services (WMI)