Rumpke Commercial Driver Earns National Recognition

CINCINNATI – June 7, 2016 -- Rumpke Commercial Driver Rick Patterson has been named Driver of the Year by the National Waste & Recycling Association. RickPatterson

Patterson, a resident of Shandon, Ohio, was selected for this national award for his safe driving record and commitment to providing his customers with top-notch service.

Patterson collects trash dumpsters from Rumpke customers in Fairfield, Ohio.  He has gone nearly his whole career accident free, an impressive task for logging 100 miles per day behind the wheel to service 120 boxes in tight corrals and congested parking lots.

“Our drivers are the backbone of Rumpke. They provide our customers with the first and often only impression of our company. For more than 29 years, Rickie Patterson has provided our commercial customers with a positive lasting impression of our family business,” said Jeff Rumpke, regional vice president, Rumpke.

NWRA annually recognizes 10 drivers. One each for the following categories

  • Large Commercial
  • Large Industrial
  • Large Residential
  • Medium Company
  • Public Sector
  • Regional Commercial
  • Regional Industrial
  • Regional Residential
  • Small Company

Patterson is the winner for the regional commercial. Rumpke also had 14 semi-finalist in this year's competition. Patterson will accept his award next month at the industry trade show in Las Vegas.

The National Waste & Recycling Association is the leading organization providing leadership, advocacy, research, education and safety expertise for the waste and recycling industries. NWRA advocates at the Federal, State and Local levels on all issues of importance to our member companies as they provide safe, economically sustainable and environmentally sound services to communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Ohio Chapter of NWRA represents the private sector waste and recycling industry statewide.  For more information about how innovation in the waste and recycling industry is helping solve today’s environmental challenges, visit

Rumpke Waste & Recycling has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, The William-Thomas Group and Rumpke Hydraulics. For more information, visit


Molly Yeager

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