Business in the Spotlight!
BUSINES IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Chamber honors Allied Waste
The Bullard-Area Chamber of Commerce’s January Business in the Spotlight has been named Allied Waste, a Republic Services Company.
Allied Waste provides trash and recycling services for Bullard and 24 other East Texas cities.
“We try to hire the best people to pick up the trash in a safe and efficient manner,” said Gene Keenon, Manager of Government Affairs and Municipal Services. “Safety is real important for us. We are the ones who make the trash you set out before work disappear before you get home.”
Keenon, in his 20th year with the company, handles contracts and negotiations in franchise cities.
“I never thought I’d be in the trash business but it has worked out for me,” he said. “I started on the back of the trash trucks.”
Allied Waste has been a chamber member for more than a decade and is heavily involved in community events.
In addition to numerous sponsorships, the company sponsored the traveling Vietnam Wall during its appearance in town, has representatives attend quarterly Chamber of Commerce mixers and bring door prizes, participates in the annual chamber banquet and encourage state and local legislators to attend, will have a team participating in the construction of the Bullard Kid’s Park and recently helped with demolition and reconstruction of buildings at Bullard ISD campuses. The company was named as the BACC Business of the Year for 2012.
Keenon said chamber membership is vital to the company’s success.
“Anytime you’re working in the community, I feel like the chamber is a lifeline to that community,” he said. “Besides reading your local newspaper and staying up to date on what’s happening, the chamber is that lifeline.”
Allied Waste also offers recycling services at City Hall, available day and night. Keenon said at the rate Bullard is growing, curbside recycling services could soon become available.
Once a year, Allied Waste hosts a citywide cleanup where bulkier items can be placed curbside for pickup in order to beautify Bullard and within the last year implemented the use of trash containers for litter and animal control.
“I feel it’s helped Bullard become a cleaner city by keeping the trash out of the reach of animals and the wind,” he said. “With the recent code enforcement in the city to beautify it and the large participation in the cleanup, Bullard is on its way to becoming one of the cleanest cities in East Texas.”
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