One person’s problem is another person’s opportunity to start a business!
It seems the adage is true, at least for Rick Hilgert, the founder of Strategic Sanitation Services, Inc. In 2006, Rick noticed a continual trash problem at a large residential community managed by his wife Erin. The inefficiency of trash pick-up was causing the community to lose curb appeal and money.
Rick saw the problem as an opportunity. After assessing the situation, Rick found that some bins were only partially filled, while others were overflowing. He noted that the trash enclosures would remain messy, even after the trash hauler had picked up. He also saw old furniture and mattresses strewn about in the enclosures. The community was in desperate need of a cleanup. He determined its three main problems: inefficient trash distribution, untidy enclosures and large, bulky items. Rick’s solution to these problems was the beginning of Strategic’s Waste OptimizationTM Plan.
Strategic began providing several communities with trained crews that would clean, repack and redistribute trash and recycling on a weekly basis, as well as pick up any large items cluttering the enclosures. Our team of specialists worked with the trash hauler companies to “right-size” communities’ hauler services, so that communities didn’t have to pay for more than they needed. With these new services, the communities reduced the number of trash bins, cut frequency and cost of trash pick-up and saved significantly.
In 2009, Steven Reyes joined the company as a partner and quickly began expanding the number of communities Strategic worked with. Over the years, Steven’s strategic planning and execution continued to grow the company with new customers, team members and services. Today, Rick and Steve serve the company as advisors and principals, using their insight for the future vision of the company.
Strategic Sanitation Services, Inc. now services over 250 communities in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego using our Waste OptimizationTM Plan. Strategic aims to care for communities and the environment. We do this by keeping residential complexes looking beautiful and implementing responsible waste control and recycling practices with Respectful, Reliable and Responsible service.