Baton Rouge Waste and Recycling worker earns national honor

Baton Rouge Waste and Recycling worker earns national honor
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POSTED: Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 4:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 4:04am

Terrance Johnson, a garbage truck driver for Republic Services, Inc. in Baton Rouge, La., was honored as Driver of the Year in the Large Residential Category by the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) at a national awards ceremony Tuesday in New Orleans.

“All garbage men and women provide vital services keeping their communities clean and healthy by picking up waste and recycling,” said EIA Board of Trustees Chairman Charlie Appleby. “Among that important group, recipients of the EIA Drivers of the Year award stand out. They are the very best in our industry. They have excellent safety records, demonstrate respect for their companies, and provide high standards of customer service.”

With a 14-year, clean driving record in the industry for Republic Services, Johnson drives an average of 800 miles per week along his city routes for 13,750 garbage pickups. He was selected from a group of nearly 900 applicants nationally and from 33 applicants in Louisiana.

“Terrance’s record of professionalism, loyalty, quality customer service and dedication to safety has more than earned him the admiration of the waste and recycling industry and distinction as Driver of the Year,” said Sharon H. Kneiss, President and CEO of EIA.

Johnson has won multiple excellence and safety awards over his career and is personally known among several elected officials and decision-makers in the Baton Rouge area for his quality service, his meticulous work and for serving as a role model.

“Terrance covers his assigned routes in Baton Rouge quickly and efficiently, leaving clean streets behind and satisfied customers,” said Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden. “His safety record is particularly noteworthy. We appreciate his hard work for the City of Baton Rouge-Parish of East Baton Rouge.”

Johnson’s employer, Republic Services is an industry leader in the U.S. non-hazardous solid waste industry. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills focus on providing reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers. It operates collection companies in 39 states and Puerto Rico and provides top-quality services to commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers. Republic serves millions of residential customers under contracts in 2,800 communities for waste collection and residential services. Its headquarters are located in Phoenix, Ariz.

The awards ceremony was part of the waste and recycling industry’s national trade show, WasteExpo 2013, in New Orleans (

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