Republic Services, Inc. has won all National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) Driver of the Year awards in the national category for the second year in a row.

Frank Epps of Springfield, Missouri, is the National Commercial Driver of the Year; Jason Tavares of Yorktown, Va., is the National Industrial Driver of the Year; and tied for Residential Driver of the Year are Kevin Johnston of Mt Vernon, Illinois, and Richard Denshuick of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“At Republic Services, security is our number one priority, and there is no greater honor in this industry than to be recognized for a career dedicated to security,” said Jon Vander Ark, President and CEO. of management. “On behalf of Republic’s 39,000 employees, I commend Frank, Jason, Kevin and Richard for their continued commitment to meeting our rigorous security standards. Their achievements are an example of how we put sustainability into action.

The Driver of the Year awards recognize drivers who operate their trucks safely, maintain a superior performance record, and improve the overall safety and image of the environmental services industry in eight categories.

Two of Republic Services’ sustainability goals relate to specific security settings. These include reducing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s total recordable incident rate to 2.0 or less and having no employee fatalities. Since 2006, Republic drivers have won consecutive NWRA Driver of the Year award categories, further demonstrating the company’s commitment to safety. For the first time since the awards’ inception, there was a tie for Residential Driver of the Year between two Republic drivers.

National Commercial Driver of the Year 2022

Based in the Springfield, Missouri division of Republic Services, Frank Epps has spent the past 18 years with the company. Frank started working in the family garbage disposal business after school. Over the course of his career, Frank has developed a passion for safety and a commitment to unparalleled customer service. He attributes his success to his family, his faith and his community.

2021 National Industrial Driver of the Year

Jason Tavares has been a Republic Services driver for 28 years, currently serving the Yorktown, Virginia division. His father was a driver and introduced him to the industry where he started his career. Jason has been part of the Virginia team for his entire tenure and considers his colleagues like family. Jason works tirelessly to take care of customers and the community. York County Waste Services Manager said Jason brings “integrity to York County operations”.

2022 National Residential Driver of the Year

Kevin Johnston has been a residential driver with Republic Services in Mt. Vernon, Illinois for 14 years. He is passionate about his career, his family and his clients. Kevin is respected by his entire team and is often referred to as “Superman”.

2022 National Residential Driver of the Year

A member of the Republic Services team in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Richard Denshuick has been with the company for 12 years. Rick has spent most of his career as a driver, but has also devoted his time and expertise to training new drivers. He is admired and respected by his peers and is known to always lend a hand when he can. Rick’s commitment to safety and customer service solidified him as an invaluable member of the team.