A green garbage truck is shown and the image has the logos for two organizations, Together for Safer Roads and the National Waste & Recycling Association .

Together for Safer Roads and the National Waste & Recycling Association are working in collaboration to include 10 waste and recycling fleets in the Focus on Fleet Safety Training Program.

Photo: Canva/TSR/NWRA/WT Illustration

Ten small waste or recycling fleets from across eight states will be part of the upcoming Together for Safer Roads (TSR) Focus on Fleet Safety Training Program. The training will be focused on independent small hauler fleets.

"We recognize the essential role independent haulers play in ensuring safer roads, and we're dedicated to equipping this segment with the tools and resources they need for a safer waste and recycling industry," said Peter Goldwasser, executive director of Together for Safer Roads. “TSR is looking forward to working with these 10 new fleets across eight states through the Focus on Fleet Safety Training Program.”

The Focus on Fleet Safety Training Program, TSR’s signature workforce development safety program, helps independent fleet operators develop their safety culture with expertise and best practices drawn from TSR’s diverse group of leading fleets and technology companies.

The comprehensive Focus program is structured around three key pillars:

  • Training and development
  • Safety leadership
  • Technology

The program also includes executive coaching and before and after benchmarking.

TSR Expands Focus Program for Waste & Recycling Haulers

TSR, in collaboration with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), expanded this critical training initiative to address the unique challenges and needs of independent haulers in the waste and recycling industry. Additional program highlights include:

  • Inclusive training: The program is designed for independent haulers, acknowledging the unique characteristics of this cohort.
  • Beyond compliance: Recognizing the time and resource constraints faced by independent and midsize fleets, the program goes beyond mere compliance, offering practical insights and expertise to establish premier fleet safety programs.
  • Saving lives, creating change: With a focus on creating real and sustained changes, the program aims to not only enhance road safety but also to foster positive transformations within participating organizations.

“Tailored for independent haulers, the Focus program prioritizes their distinct needs, equipping them with practical strategies to build top-tier fleet safety programs,” said Kirk Sander, chief of staff and vice president of safety and standards for the National Waste & Recycling Association. “By transcending mere compliance, it empowers participants to enact lasting change, ensuring safer roads and transformative impacts within their organizations.”

10 Waste or Recycling Fleets Join Safety Program

The fleets participating in the new Focus cohort include:

  • Troiano Waste Services in Portland, Maine
  • Carolina Trash & Septic in Angier, North Carolina
  • Walter's Recycling & Refuse in Blaine, Minnesota
  • KAL Services in Pella, Iowa
  • Anchor Disposal in Clayton, North Carolina
  • Rio Grande Waste Services in El Paso, Texas
  • Liberty Disposal in Hampstead, North Carolina
  • West Central Sanitation in Willmar, Minnesota
  • Sanico in Delaware, New Jersey
  • Balcones Resources in Austin, Texas

“Road and fleet safety isn’t just about following the rules; I believe it’s about keeping everyone safe and aware while out on the road. That’s where the ongoing education comes in. We have to stay on top of the latest techniques and technologies to make sure that we’re compliant and doing things the correct way. Whether it’s mastering new skills or keeping up with regulations, it’s all about making sure we’re doing our job safely and efficiently,” Morgan Rutherford of Liberty said in a video about the upcoming Focus training.

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