2024-05-20 13:23News

Record Number of Casella Employees Honored at Annual Waste Expo

Casella Team at Waste Expo 2024

Eight Casella employees stood out among the crowd while being honored for significant achievements among their peers at the annual Waste Expo, North America’s largest solid waste, recycling, organics, food waste recovery, and sustainability tradeshow, hosted by Waste360 in collaboration with the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA).

Employees from throughout the Casella operating footprint, spanning several service offerings and stages of career paths, were honored, representing the largest number of award-winners in the company’s history at the event.

WASTE360 40 Under 40
Sean Lukas, Division Manager, Clinton County Landfill, was named among the Waste360 40 Under 40 award winners, which recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under 40 who have made a significant contribution to the industry through their work in waste, recycling, food waste, and organics.

NWRA Women’s Council Scholarship Awards
In 2007, the NWRA Women’s Council established an educational scholarship program to assist qualified individuals in pursuing an education that will lead to productive careers in the waste and recycling industry. This year, Casella had three deserving candidates honored with $5,000 awards:

  • Laurin Wood, Route Software and Support Manager, Home Office
  • Phoenix Hughes, Operations Manager, Auburn, MA
  • Alexandra Hutchins, Marketing & Communications Intern, Home Office

NWRA Drivers of the Year
This program honors member drivers who operate their trucks in a safe and responsible manner, have outstanding performance records, and whose contributions have enhanced the overall safety and image of the solid waste industry.

For the first time in history, Casella received multiple awards, including a sweep of the regional category.

  • Regional Commercial Driver of the Year: Curtis Rhodes, Brattleboro, VT
  • Regional Residential Driver of the Year: Shawn Dutton, Fredonia, NY
  • Regional Industrial Driver of the Year: John Michaud, Potsdam, NY
  • Regional Industrial Honorable Mention: Cesarin Guerrero, Willimantic, CT

About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, is one of the largest recyclers and most experienced fully integrated resource management companies in the Eastern United States. Founded in 1975 as a single truck collection service, Casella has grown its operations to provide solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling, and organics services to more than one million residential, commercial, municipal, institutional, and industrial customers and provides professional resource management services to over 10,000 customer locations in more than 40 states.


Jeff Weld
Vice President of Communications
Jeff Weld