Waste & Recycling Workers Week Wall of Honor

We are excited to announce the Waste & Recycling Workers Week - Wall of Honor! We are dedicated to honoring the men and women who have pioneered innovation and excelled in service through the waste management industry. We look forward to sharing about these individuals.


Thomas Joseph Toscano, lovingly known as “Pop” by the Mr. T Carting family

“Pop” Thomas Joseph Toscano, Founder and Former CEO of Mr. T Carting Corp. Thomas Joseph Toscano, lovingly known as “Pop” by the Mr. T Carting family, founded Mr. T Carting in 1947, then known as Tom Toscano Carting. Born in 1926 in Ridgewood, New York to Italian immigrants, he served in the Navy for two … Read more

William J. Rumpke Sr.

What’s the secret of Rumpke’s success? Watch as the Rumpke Family shares how their father and grandfather, President Emeritus Bill Rumpke Sr. used hard work, innovation and traditional values, to make Rumpke one of the leading waste and recycling firms in the country. It’s also why Bill Rumpke Sr. was named the Colerain Chamber of … Read more

Dean Buntrock – Former Chairman and CEO, WMI

Dean Buntrock Dean Buntrock began his waste industry career in 1956 at Ace Scavenger Service, his family’s business. In 1968, he combined his company to form Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) with annual revenues of $5 million. In 1971, with Buntrock as the Chairman and CEO, WMI went public with revenue at $10 million. By the … Read more

H. Wayne Huizenga – co-founded Waste Management

H. Wayne Huizenga Wayne Huizenga co-founded Waste Management, Inc. in 1971 and served as its president, chief operating officer, and director before retiring from the company in 1984.  He also founded Republic Services, Inc., served as its chairman, and now sits on the company’s board.  Today, he is the owner and chairman of Huizenga Holdings, … Read more

Susan Eppes – EST Solutions

Susan Eppes In 1991, Susan Eppes joined Browning-Ferris Industries as a Manager for Safety and Loss Control Services designing and developing award-winning safety and health training videos, modifying facility design elements to reduce accidents and injuries, and managing technical loss control support at landfills, medical waste processing facilities, and recycling operations. By 1997, she had … Read more

Ellen Harvey – E.L. Harvey & Sons

Ellen Harvey When Ellen Harvey joined E.L. Harvey & Sons in 1989, she already had a long history of designing and developing corporate educational programs starting with a B.A. degree in Education and a M.A. degree in Education Administration. At E.L. Harvey, she became the Executive Vice President of Public Relations, working with local, regional, … Read more

Charles C. Appleby – Advanced Disposal

Charles C. Appleby  Charlie Appleby is one of the founding organizers of Advanced Disposal Services at its inception in 2000 and serves as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.  As part of the company’s management team, he has grown the business to become the largest privately-held solid waste business in the United States and … Read more

Wendell (Wendy) E. Yonker

Wendell (Wendy) E. Yonker is the original founder of Homewood Disposal, a refuse and recycling hauler located in Homewood, Illinois.  He founded Homewood Disposal in 1956 as a one truck operation and hasn’t looked back since.  Wendy made a commitment to build the company on family values, a sense of loyalty and his faith in … Read more

Mark C. Wilfalk, A Genuine Hero

Waste and Recycling Workers Week would like to say “Thank you!” for the excellent leadership you’ve given for the men and women in the waste industry. Through your support we are able to reach new heights. Mark C. Wilfalk completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in communications from the University of Florida in 1994.  Prior … Read more

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 … Read more