Due to the icy conditions, we are not running routes today, January 22nd. We will ALWAYS prioritize the safety of our people. Please keep your carts curbside and we’ll collect missed areas and missed commercial stops throughout the week. Thank you for your understanding. Please share and spread the word.

Hauling trash as a truck driver in the early morning, Raymond Shinault ditches the gloves and uniform during the day to write books and give hope to troubled youth.

Ray’s full time occupation is a Front End Load driver for us here at American Waste Control where he is in his second year. At the same time, he is also an author of three self-help books and loves speaking to people of all ages about taking charge of their lives.

“Some people wonder how I can be a trash man and do everything else I do,” said Ray. “I tell them it’s all about my desire to help folks. I feel blessed to earn a solid living with American Waste Control while also making a difference in people’s lives. Giving out is a huge part of what keeps me going.”

Raymond started his job as a trash truck driver with us in 2013 just so he could pay the bills and earn a decent wage for his family. He liked the job so much he decided to stick with it, but he also had a lifelong dream of speaking into people’s lives and giving them a hope to pursue life’s purpose. So, he decided to do both.

Inspired by motivational speaker Jim Rohn, Ray had already joined Toast Masters International in 2009 where he found his fit and instantly gained success speaking to audiences large and small. In 2012, he entered a Toast Masters speech contest and won first place at the Club, Area, and Regional Levels. He then made it all the way to Districts, coming in runner up and just shy of qualifying for the Toast Masters World Championships.

Today, he writes books and articles aimed at helping young people and has begun a daily work routine that would put any company CEO to shame: A 5:30 morning shift at American Waste Control, followed by hours in the afternoon writing and managing three social media sites, including his own website at www.raymondshinault.net. To say it’s a challenge is an understatement. Still, Ray says, he wouldn’t trade it for the world.

“It’s not the kind of life everyone would choose, but I love it. After working eight to nine hours a day, I come home and hit the computer so I can develop my ideas and turn them into something impactful. It’s a huge challenge, yes, but I feel a sense of satisfaction from working hard and being able to encourage others.”

Ray’s greatest goal is to become a full time motivational speaker and author, impacting teens and college age kids to stay in school and make the right choices in life. Until then, he says he feels very blessed to drive a truck for American Waste Control and continue serving his community in any way he can.

In Ray’s words: “Fact is, I love what I do. Each day is a new adventure for me whether I’m serving people by picking up their trash or speaking to a group of kids. I’ve found my purpose in giving out to others, and I thank God every day I have the opportunity to pursue my true passion.”

Ray, you are an asset to American Waste Control. Thank you for your passion and willingness to give out to others!

Terms and Conditions

Container placement and usage:

All containers will be placed on a hard or paved surface to prevent property damage. If a customer requests placement on an unpaved surface, this could result in increased costs if inclement weather prevents removal on the date requested. Costs could include: (1) a trip fee based on location and no less than $50, and (2) additional lease fees at current rental rate until ground conditions allow for removal. If the container is placed on an unpaved surface at the customer’s request, the customer assumes all responsibility for any increased costs and any damage to the ground or grass this may cause.

Due to safety concerns, please do not attempt to move a container once placed at your site. If you need a container moved before final pickup, please call customer service at 918-446-0023.

American Waste Control, Inc. is not responsible for accidents, injury or damage caused by a container or to a container while the container is at the customer’s location.


Most material is acceptable for disposal in our temporary containers. Please see the following list for exceptions. If unsure of size or material, please contact customer service at 918-446-0023 prior to placing items in containers.

    • Follow Special Instructions
      • Refrigerators and air conditioners – disconnect and drain Freon
      • Lawn mowers or other lawn equipment – drain gas and oil tanks
    • Special Quote Required

(Not allowed unless preapproved, call 918-446-0023 before placing any of these items in your dumpster)

    • Hazardous or flammable substances
    • Biohazardous materials
    • Car batteries
    • Tires – minimum charge of $25 per tire
    • Wet paint or other solvents
  • Not allowed
    • Dead animals

Please review the following chart for other restrictions:

*If a container is overloaded, American Waste Control, Inc. will either charge additional fees to haul the container or require the customer to offload material prior to removal if the container is unable to be safely hauled.