The Beginning

One person’s challenge can be another person’s chance to start a business.

This was the case for Rick Hilgert, who founded Strategic Sanitation Services, Inc. In 2007, Rick’s wife Erin noticed a significant trash problem at the residential community she managed. The inefficiency of trash pick-up was causing the community to lose curb appeal and money. She suggested that Rick look into this issue.

Rick evaluated the situation and discovered some bins were not fully used, while others were overflowing. Even after the garbage trucks came, the areas around the trash bins remained messy, cluttered with furniture and mattresses. The community urgently needed a cleanup. Rick pinpointed three major issues: inefficient trash distribution, untidy bin areas and large, bulky items that were not being disposed of properly. His solution was to launch Strategic’s Waste OptimizationTM Plan.

By the next year, Strategic was working with three communities. They employed trained teams to clean and sort trash and recycling every week and to remove large items that were cluttering the areas. They also collaborated with garbage hauling companies to ensure communities did not pay for more services than they needed. With the help of Strategic, these communities were able to reduce the number of trash bins, cut down on pick-up services, and save a substantial amount of money.

Next Stages

In 2009, Steven Reyes joined the company as a partner and expanded the number of communities they served from three to nineteen within a year.

Over time, Rick’s creative solutions and Steven’s strategic management continued to expand the company, attracting new customers, team members, and services. Today, Rick and Steven serve as advisors and principals, contributing their expertise to plan for Strategic’s future.

Now

Currently, Strategic Sanitation Services, Inc. assists 300 communities in areas like Orange, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties through their Waste OptimizationTM Plan, offering more than 15 different services.

Strategic aims to honor God, care for people and guard  the environment. We do this by making residential complexes cleaner and happier with Respectful, Reliable and Responsible service.

Rick Hilgert

Founder & Principal

Rick Hilgert

Founder & Principal

Prior to Strategic, Rick was the founder and president of Reliable Electronic Manufacturing, Inc., where he developed two patented proprietary electronic processes. He was also a member of investment firm of Global Resource Investments, conducting research, analysis and investments in companies in the extractive industries. This led him to become acutely aware of the limited supply of natural resources. His mission in business is to develop ecologically responsible programs designed to minimize the damage to our environment. Rick launched Strategic Sanitation Services, Inc. to address community trash issues and develop green solutions.

Steven Reyes

Principal

Steven Reyes

Principal

Steven Reyes is a seasoned businessman with a very successful track record in business startups, turnarounds and technology firms. In 2002, Steven established BridgeTech LLC, a management consulting company and offered services in strategic planning, technology implementation, internet marketing and operations. Steven has a Bachelors degree in Business Management from California State University, Fullerton. His business experience is reflected in the Strategic’s strong growth record and excellent reputation in the industry.

Our team in 2012
Our team in 2012
Strategic Sanitation Services First Logo
Our First Logo