Donald Ross


Don Ross dedicates his work to advancing the science of waste collection to increase efficiencies, improve safety, and enhance recycling and waste diversion using new technologies. As Vice President, Don leads the brand management and sales efforts for McLaughlin Family Companies, including its New Way Trucks, KPAC Compactor, and FleetForce Rental refuse brands. As part of the New Way team, Don holds a key role in the planning and design of new refuse collection equipment. Mr. Ross holds a BS in Business Management and has nearly 33 years of solid waste experience managing solid waste collection and transfer operations for both public and private sector organizations. Don is the current Past Director of SWANA’s Collection and Transfer Technical Division, a SWANA certified faculty instructor, a member of the International Board, and a former Sunshine Chapter board director.

Don’s Industry Highlights

  • SWANA Collection and Transfer Technical Division Past Director: 2019 – present
  • SWANA Collection and Transfer Technical Division Director: 2016 – 2019
  • SWANA Certified Faculty Instructor (Collection Manager; Recycling Manager)
  • National Waste & Recycling Association Board of Trustees Member: 2017 – present
  • National Waste & Recycling Association Supplier Board of Governors Member: 2014 – present
  • National Waste & Recycling Association Hall of Fame Awards Committee Chair: 2017 – present
  • SWANA-Florida Sunshine Chapter 2008 Distinguished Service Award
  • SWANA Florida Sunshine Chapter Board of Directors: 2005 – 2008
  • EREF Charity Auction Committee member: 2017 – present
  • Recycle Florida Today (RFT) Board; Vice Chair, Treasurer: 2008 – 2017
  • Waste Training Institute/Waste Expo Faculty
  • Solid Waste Director, City of Dunedin, FL: 2004 – 2008
  • Waste Management, Inc.: Market Area Operations Director (Connecticut)