The saying “hard work pays off” rings true for Kenneth “Kenny” Burkett, founder and owner of Tulsa, Okla.-based American Waste Control, who has been working in the waste and recycling industry for nearly 50 years. Not only has Burkett grown American Waste Control from one truck and a residential route to a fleet of more than 135 trucks, a recycling and transfer facility and a waste-to-energy (WTE) landfill, but he has found a way to get children interested in recycling, make the Tulsa Christmas Parade a must-attend event and give back to the communities that American Waste Control serves.

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