Kenny Burkett, A Man Of Integrity

Kenny Burkett, A Man Of Integrity

Kenny Burkett, has built American Waste Control on true values, by showing support, love and kindness to his employees and customers. Waste and Recycling Workers Week is proud to recognize Mr. Burkett by adding him to the Wall Of Honor.

-John Arwood-


Kenny Burkett, founder of American Waste Control, saw a huge need to bring improvements to the collection process by helping solve the needs of his customers. Starting with only one truck and a handful of customers in 1970, he quickly built a successful company based on serving the Tulsa community and providing the best in waste management solutions.

He sold the residential part of his business in 1980—then began devoting his interests to commercial and industrial clients, founding American Waste Control that same year. He then went on to found Tulsa Recycle and Transfer (TRT) in 1987 and then American Environmental Landfill (AEL) in 2000, making American Waste Control the only completely integrated waste management company in Tulsa that provides custom solutions to area businesses.

As our founder, Kenny Burkett, likes to say…we are a company “big enough to serve you and small enough to know you.” That means we’re a local company with a heart and passion for people in the local community, doing all we can to reduce waste and ensure a cleaner future for generations to come.

American Waste Control is the product of more than 40 years in the waste collection business. Since our founding in 1970 by visionary Kenneth Burkett, we’ve built our company on serving the Tulsa community and providing the best in waste management solutions, first with residential services in the early 70’s and then in the arena of commercial collection services that have become the envy of Oklahoma.

In 1987, we founded Tulsa Recycle and Transfer (TRT) with the goal of saving our natural resources and making a positive impact on the environment. We opened American Environmental Landfill (AEL) in 2000 with a similar purpose in mind—but with the aim of also raising a new standard in the industry when it comes to the efficiency and cleanliness of waste disposal.

Here’s why you should do business with American Waste Control:
1. We are always there when you need us. Ontime delivery of the best roll off dumpsters, front load dumpsters, rear load dumpsters, recycling services, and even curbside pick up
2. Our recycling programs help you lower waste costs and positively impact the environment.
3. Only the best rates, guaranteed.
4. Every year we donate more than $200,000 to organizations that help our community.


Waste Collection, Waste Disposal, Recycling, Trash to Energy

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  • Industry

    Environmental Services

  • Type

    Public Company

  • Headquarters

    1420 W. 35th St. Tulsa, OK 74107 United States

  • Company Size

    201-500 employees

  • Founded



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