Meet Recology – Joe


Recology Vacaville Solano
Lead Driver
Vacaville, California

What year did you start working at Recology?

I started in 1983. During my first 11 years I was picking up garbage. Now I’m a driver’s foreman. I’m in charge of getting the guys out to there, and I do a little of everything; helping customers, drivers, making sure everything is picked up.

Which Recology companies have you worked for?

I’ve worked for Recology Dixon and Recology Vacaville Solano.

How has the company changed since you first started working at Recology?

Everything was “garbage” [in 1983]. We used to dump it in a rear loader. There were no automated trucks, till a few years later when the Evo’s side loader trucks came out and we went fully automated. [W]e started recycling in 1986. Green waste was the first thing we recycled. You know that we now recycle everything.

What do you think of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan?

Being employee owned makes it feel like this is all yours. You get what you put into it. It makes you want to take care of your work, take care of your customers. What is great about it is that it’s like you’re putting a little bit of money away in the company, so when you do retire finally you have something to look forward to.

Do you and your family recycle?

Yes. It’s the right thing to do. [At home] we have a blue totter. Why throw it in the garbage?

Have you participated in any of the company volunteer events?

All of them. On the weekends, the Dixon Teen Center is getting over 150 kids. What we started there was great. Teenagers from Dixon didn’t have much to do and now they do. It may even get these kids to go to school now that they have something good. Recology is always out there supporting the community that we work for.

Joe Rojas was one of over 100 Recology employees who volunteered to do
 an “extreme makeover” of what is now the Dixon Teen Center in Dixon, California.

One Response to “Meet Recology – Joe

  • Its a commendable view for recycling, where stuff are not just treated as garbage to be dumped.

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