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 route 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.
West Tex Disposal, headquartered in Odessa, Texas, provides waste and recycling collection services across Odessa, Midland, Gardendale, Big Spring, Pecos, and Orla, Texas. They offer commercial side load, front load, and roll-off containers through their fleet of 15 hauling vehicles. A first-generation hauler, West Tex Disposal has been working with Rubicon since 2015.
West Tex Disposal’s owner, Al Aranda, 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 West Tex Disposal’s own company mission?
West Tex Disposal: At West Tex Disposal we understand the waste collection and disposal business and the importance of completing the job that thousands of our customers have put faith in us to do. We take pride in our duties, and with Rubicon being a major industry player we look up to them as a role model, and are inspired by their mission to end waste.
How does West Tex Disposal distinguish itself from the competition?
West Tex Disposal: Waste collection and disposal is our bread and butter. Our customers are with us because they know that we will give them a reliable service, we work all holidays, and that we have drivers waiting to be dispatched and we keep a well maintained overstocked fleet—all with a smile!
What is the view of West Tex Disposal when it comes to participating in the circular economy and helping build a more sustainable future?
West Tex Disposal: West Tex Disposal is always finding ways to further participate and encourage others in the circular economy and help to build a more sustainable future.
We go out of our way to purchase and use recycled products in many of our operations, ranging from office supplies to lubricants, tires, and paint. Even our container lids are made from recycled tires. This way we do our part to reduce our environmental impact. In addition to this, we have established dedicated recycling routes to collect items that would have otherwise ended up going to landfill.
What do you love most about the community in which you work, and the customers you serve?
West Tex Disposal: West Tex Disposal loves the people of our community! We feel inspired when we see our neighbors cleaning up the town. We set up roll-off containers, free-of-charge, for the community to dump collected waste that would have ended up in the landfill or on the side of the road. We feel passionate when our customers ask us for advice on how to properly dispose of items or manage their waste. It is an inspiring feeling seeing the community working together to reach our mutual goals.
Where does West Tex Disposal see itself five years from now?
West Tex Disposal: At West Tex Disposal we learn better ways to service our customers and reduce our environmental footprint every day. In five years, this will continue to be the strategy. If you look at us five years ago so many changes and improvements have been implemented. At the time we had barely started working with Rubicon and had no idea what great partners we would soon become. We hope that over the next five years we can strengthen our partnership and continue to meet our customers’ demands.
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.