Haul of Fame: Commercial Waste Reduction and Recycling (CWRR)

Welcome to the Haul of Fame, a weekly series from Rubicon in which we sit down with a hauler partner to talk about their company, their community, and how they’re collaborating with Rubicon in our mission to end waste.

As our nation continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the men and women at companies like these are on the front lines, continuing to drive their daily routes and keeping our communities safe and clean. Their work is the linchpin to safeguarding the public health and we thank them, now more than ever, for providing this essential service to our society.

Commercial Waste Reduction and Recycling (CWRR), headquartered in Black Diamond, Washington, is a first-generation waste and recycling hauler offering cart and front end loader service for recycling in the greater Seattle area. CWRR has been working with Rubicon since 2018.

CWRR’s owner, David Ambur, sat down with Rubicon to talk about his company and mission for the Haul of Fame.

How does Rubicon’s mission to end waste match-up to CWRR’s own company mission?

CWRR: Commercial Waste Reduction and Recycling (CWRR)’s focus since our founding in 1988 has been on reducing the amount of waste our customers throw away, and recycling as much of everything else our customers do throw away as possible. We are always looking for new ways for us to help our customers reduce their waste. This has mostly to do with packaging material.

How does CWRR distinguish itself from the competition?

CWRR: CWRR provides our customers with a polite, friendly, and responsive service at a reasonable price. We do not just take the easy higher value material our customers produce, but we will also collect and process for recycling their odd, hard-to-recycle materials.

What is the view of CWRR when it comes to participating in the circular economy and helping build a more sustainable future?

CWRR: We practice what we preach. Our office and shops re-use and recycle 99 percent of what we take in.

What is one of the oddest items or the largest amount of something you have ever been asked to compost?

CWRR: A waste product in the beer brewing process from some of our local microbreweries.

What do you love most about the community in which you work, and the customers you serve?

CWRR: Their commitment to doing their part to try and live in a clean and resource-sustainable environment.

Where does CWRR see itself five years from now?

CWRR: We are looking to secure investors and greatly expand our plastic collection and recycling services. The innovations in plastic recycling have been tremendous and yet we are only touching the tip of the mountain.


Chris Watts is Sr. Director of Innovation and Hauler Relations at Rubicon. To stay ahead of Rubicon’s announcements of new partnerships and collaborations around the world, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or contact us today.