Don Ross is a solid waste consultant specializing in collection and transfer operations and technology.  Don has more than 30 years of experience managing solid waste collection and transfer operations for both private and public sector organizations.  His dedication to safety and his broad industry knowledge have contributed to his ongoing appointment to the National Waste and Recycling Suppliers Board of Governors, as well his election as Director of the SWANA Collection and Transfer Technical Division. In these roles he helps develop the industry, vehicle, and equipment standards that will guide the solid waste industry well into the future.

Prior to moving to Florida with his family, Don held a variety of management level positions with private sector waste companies, including 13 years with Waste Management, Inc., where he was the Connecticut Market Area Director of Operations. At Waste Management, Don was responsible for three collection hauling companies, three solid waste transfer stations, 150 collection routes, and 250 employees at 4 operations serving Southwest Connecticut. Don has experience with all facets of finance and budgets, employee relations, customer service, training, safety and compliance related to solid waste management. Prior to joining KCI, Don was the Solid Waste Division Director for the City of Dunedin, Florida where he oversaw the management of municipal collection operations for the city.

Subject Matter Expertise: Operational Analysis; Collection & Route Optimization; Health & Safety


University of Phoenix, AZ

BS, Business Management


SWANA Certified Collection Systems Manager

SWANA Certified Instructor for Recycling and Collection Manager Training

Emergency Management Institute, MD

FEMA Debris Management


Distinguished Service Award, 2008, SWANA


SWANA Director, Collection & Transfer Technical Committee (2016-2018), former Vice-Director (2014-2016)

NWRA, Supplier Board of Governors and Nominations Committee Chair

SWANA, Florida Sunshine Chapter, Board of Directors (2006-2010)

Recycle Florida Today (RFT), Board of Directors (2008-2016), current Treasurer & former Vice Chair

Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners Technical Management Committee Vice-Chair (2006-2008)

American Public Works Association (APWA), Member

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