The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has announced its 2018 Drivers of the Year and Operator of the Year winners, recognizing drivers and operators who prioritize safety above all else.
“Safety is a core value at NWRA and for our members. Our members and their employees are dedicated to keeping our communities clean and safe on a daily basis. Therefore, it is important that we recognize the drivers and operators who make safety a priority. I congratulate them on their achievement,” said Darrell Smith, president and CEO of NWRA, in a statement.
The Operator of the Year award is for employees working in post-collection and operating heavy equipment safely at a materials recovery facility (MRF), landfill or transfer station.
The award winners will be recognized officially at WasteExpo 2018. The winners are listed below:
The 2018 Driver of the Year Awardees:
Large Commercial — Mike Lawrence, Waste Connections, Inc.
Large Industrial — Toribio Gonzalez, Republic Services, Inc.
Large Residential — Charles Thorpe, Republic Services, Inc.
Regional Commercial — Mark Tumulty, Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Regional Industrial — Calvin Smith, WCA Waste Corporation
Regional Residential — Dean Koch, Recology
Medium — Joseph Lallier, All Waste, Inc.
Small — Bryan Rasmussen, Interwest Paper Pro Recycling Group
Public Sector — Roger Bronner, City of San Diego
The 2018 Operator of the Year Awardee:
Scott Russell, E.L. Harvey & Sons