Young Professionals Weigh In: STR employees are fabric of the community
Ryan Summerlin April 5, 2014
Like to get up early and watch the sun rise? You could be a garbage man. Like to break new trail through the fresh snow? You could be a garbage man. Like to start the day with a good run and some free weights, a little cross-training? You, too, could be a garbage man or a garbage woman for that matter. Dirty, cold, wet, hard work? You bet, but busy, lively, humorous and satisfying, too.
It’s not a job for everyone, though, especially if you’re not an early bird. With start times from midnight to 5 a.m. to a leisurely 8 a.m., our employees at South Tahoe Refuse and Recycling work the crazy hours that keep our 24-hour town on time and ready to roll. But, for early birds, there are plenty of year-round jobs to learn and do. By promoting from within, employees gain skills and capabilities that contribute to ever expanding operations and programs. That experience, in turn, leads to employment that can last a lifetime. Eleven of our current employees have been with us for more than 20 years, three of those for more than 30 years. Over half of our employees have been with us for 10 years or more. Employment turnover is less than 5 percent.
The 104 employees of South Tahoe Refuse and Recycling do so much more than often meets the eye. Operations on our streets and at our facilities require a wide range of skills and abilities; truck drivers and mechanics, equipment operators and front office staff, recyclers and welders, cashiers and maintenance personnel.
The employees of STR are the company. They make the company valued in the community. They are the arms and the strong backs that handle our materials reliably and responsibly. They are the voices that answer our questions and arrange our pickups. They are the hands that weigh our bags of aluminum and pay us for recycling our cans and bottles. They are a helping hand at the Transfer Station and a much anticipated dog treat from the hand of a Transfer Station Cashier. Work is brighter for the smiles, the jokes, the high-fives and the knuckle bumps.
The employees of STR also are all about Tahoe. Along with company family members, who grew up locally, STR employees are by and large, home-grown from local schools with strong family and community ties. They are raising their children here, involved in school and worship communities and volunteering in community programs from sports to food banks to youth organizations and environmental events. They shop at our stores, eat at our restaurants and dance in our clubs They ride their bikes to work and compete in the bike challenge. They play soccer and basketball and softball with enthusiasm and skill. They are on paddle boards and kayaks and snowboards and skis. They hike and fish and enjoy those amazing Lake Tahoe thunderstorms and sunsets. They are woven into the fabric of this community. They are our most valuable asset.
John D. Marchini, member and sponsor Tahoe Regional Young Professionals.