About Us

Big Enough to Serve You, Small Enough to Know You

American Waste Control is the product of more than 50 years in the waste collection business, founded by visionary Kenneth Burkett. Kenny was inspired by family and challenged by his own work ethic and grit to never give up, no matter how hard the work became, no matter how many challenges the day brought him.  And because he was hauling trash all day and working on his truck all night to keep it running – there was no shortage of challenges Kenny faced. Because of the price Kenny was willing to pay over the years, American Waste Control has grown from a one-truck, one-man operation to a 185-truck fleet, with more than 250 employees.

"American Waste Control – Where nothing is wasted."

Kenny’s mission to take care of his employees, provide excellent service to his customers, serve the Tulsa community, and find sustainable ways to dispose of the waste he hauled has shaped American Waste Control to be the company it is today.

At American Waste Control we view waste as a resource to be used.  It’s that commitment that drove Kenny to build Oklahoma’s first Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) or Mr. Murph as we like to call it.  But that wasn’t enough, next Kenny built Oklahoma’s first Waste-to-Energy landfill, utilizing the materials that couldn’t be recycled to generate clean renewable energy for more than 20,000 Oklahomans.

Waste is a resource to be used and managed for the benefit of our community and our world – that’s what we believe at American Waste Control that’s who we are.

Sustainability Mission

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To provide the most cost-effective, environmentally sound solution for our customers’ waste disposal needs while striving to reduce material waste, generate clean renewable energy and make recycling easier and more accessible to all of Northeast Oklahoma

It’s All About People…

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People. Profit. Planet. It’s our triple bottom line and why we are in business. It takes people to make it happen.

Serving Our Community

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Serving Our Community—Nothing means more to us than serving our city. Tulsa is our home–and it is our priority to make a difference in the lives of people as we build upon a legacy of sustainable living in Oklahoma.

Staying Innovative

Waste solutions and recycling technology is our passion. Read more.
Staying Innovative—It is our passionate commitment to set the standard when it comes to business waste solutions and recycling technology. But above all…we want to be a company that Tulsans can count on—to help make the quality of life in our city the best it can be.

Caring for the Environment

Care for the environment is at the very heart of our business passion. Read more.
Caring for the Environment—At American Waste Control, care for the environment is at the very heart of our business passion. We strive to educate the Tulsa community about the virtues of recycling and lead today’s charge in creating a cleaner environment.

Recycling for Our Future

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Recycling for Our Future— American Waste Control is home to Mr. Murph recycling! Since our founding, we have recycled enough material to fill both the BOK and CityPlex Towers more than 25 times. And, with our Waste to Energy Landfill, we are generating enough electricity for more than 20,000 Oklahomans every day.

Our Work In The Community

At American Waste Control, supporting our local community is very important to us. Find out more about some of the ways we give back.


BBB Tulsa
Bixby Chamber Members
construction materials recycling
HBA Tulsa
Tulsa Chamber
US Green building council Tulsa
NWRA Tulsa
Glenpool Chamber
National Trash Man Day
Tulsa Route 66
Becco Recycling
Scor3card Tulsa
American Waste Control Tulsa

Why AWC?


1420 W 35th St
Tulsa, OK 74107

Mailing address:

American Waste Control, Inc
PO BOX 21054
Tulsa, OK 74121-1054