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Will Howard

Will Howard, a University of South Carolina graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in Management a minor in Psychology, has been working in the recycling industry for nearly a decade since receiving his degree in 2011.
Throughout his career, he served several recycling facilities located in the Southeastern part of the United States, as operator, supervisor and manager.

Prior to joining Waste Pro, Howard served as the Plant Manager of the Onslow County Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Jacksonville, North Carolina. During his time there, he led the process to certify the facility through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and won the Safety and Health Award Recognition Program (SHARP). In addition, Howard received two municipal awards for excellence, the Robert L. Frank Award and the James R. Strickland Award, for his community outreach and efforts towards sustainability.

While working as Plant Manager at the MRF, Will collaborated with CP Manufacturing, a recycling manufacturer in California, on building and testing the first generation of a sorting system known as ‘McMRF,’ which is designed to handle, process and separate single-stream materials at approximately 12 tons per hour. Will later supervised capital projects to install optics at the Onslow MRF and built a satellite operation in Wilmington, NC to provide recycling processing services to serve the regional footprint.

Howard joined Waste Pro in 2015 as Production Manager of Waste Pro’s Ocala MRF, a second-generation ‘McMRF’. During his time with Waste Pro, he has led many local recycling efforts, including budgeting and installing an optical sorter and various other pieces of equipment to cleanly and efficiently process recyclables for the Central Florida region. The 65,000 sq. ft. facility processes more than 2500-3300 tons of recyclables per month from residential and commercial sources within a 70-mile radius of the facility, in Marion, Levy, Citrus, Lake, Putnam and Alachua Counties.

In 2016, Howard was selected as a member of Waste Pro’s inaugural Leadership Initiative class, which is a mentorship program designed to develop a vibrant second generation of young leaders. He is also a frequent industry speaker.

Howard was promoted to Vice President of Recycling in 2019.