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Local driver a national finalist

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) recently presented Recology driver Dean Koch with a 2018 Driver of the Year Award for his dedication to safety and his community. Koch, based in McMinnville, has recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with Recology.

In Ashland, well-known Recology driver Curtis Bentley was named a National Driver of the Year Finalist for the second year in a row. Bentley will celebrate his 35th anniversary with Recology Ashland in May.

According to the NWRA, the Driver of the Year awards “are for those drivers who operate their trucks in a safe and responsible manner, have outstanding performance records, and whose contributions have enhanced the overall safety and image of the solid waste industry.”

A fellow Recology driver wrote, “Dean loves his work, his customers, and his fellow workers. Dean has an internal fortitude that keeps him doing the right thing in the right way day after day, no matter the conditions of life around him.”

Ona Williams, a long-time resident of Ashland, wrote, “Curtis Bentley, my garbage man, friend and helper. Curtis always has a smile on his face and a kind word on his lips. With a spring in his step and hustle in his heart he totes garbage, battens down dumpster lids and gets the job done fast. Even in a hurry, he finds time to assist people with their recycling, computer waste or appliance waste questions. Curtis is the kind of guy that makes young people want to work for Recology because he does his job with such pride and conviction.”