Rudy Maldonado, Jr. • 303-776-9013
G&M Disposal in Longmont, Colorado, is
undoubtedly a family company. Rudy Maldonado, Jr., the operations
manager, said that six of the ten employees are family, including
his parents, his brother and sister, and his sister-in-law. He
said the small staff offers an advantage over larger operations,
since customers get to know the G&M staff better.
The staff also makes it a point to get to
know the customers. Maldonado said that when they have a commercial
customer, they do business with that customer, whether it’s a
gas station, grocery store or other local business.
G&M has been in business for just over 23 years, and was
started by Maldonado’s father, Rudy Sr., who saw that there were
trash companies in the area that were coming and going. At the
time, he was working for a trash company that “looked like it
wasn’t going to be around much longer,” and he decided to start
his own business. His goal from the beginning was to start a
company that would stay in business for a long time.
Maldonado said that the key to success is
to “show the customers they are number one,” because without
customers, there is no business. He said that everyone who answers
the phone at G&M
can get an answer right away when a customer has a question.
Like others who grew up in a family business,
Maldonado said that he started working for the company when he
was young. “When everyone else was on summer break, I was riding
on the back of a trash truck,” he said. But it was more than
just a summer job. “I did it because I have a love for the business.”
Now, he’s usually not riding on the back
of a truck, although he does fill in wherever he’s needed, including
driving a truck. “I don’t mind driving,” he said. “I don’t have
a problem with any of the jobs.” But his favorite part is sales
work and talking to customers on the phone.
Like many other trash haulers across the
country, G&M Disposal
handles more than just waste. The company handles recyclables
that go to the county’s recycling center in Boulder, along with
the commercial, residential and construction waste that goes
to a landfill in Denver.
“They’re pushing recycling really hard,”
Maldonado said of Boulder County. “We do our part on the recycling.
The other big push to recycle more is the rising cost of landfills,
which is a constant challenge. “
Maldonado said that the county is very stringent
about making sure trucks are inspected regularly and that licensing
is up to date. But he sees that as a positive thing rather than
negative. Even though regulations are stricter than before, “they’re
good to work with. We call them, and we get answers back from
A recent addition to the G&M fleet was a roll-off truck purchased
about five years ago. Now, the company has about 50 roll-off
boxes for that one truck to service. But the future holds more
than new equipment. Maldonado would like to convert his fleet
to run on natural gas or biodiesel some day. “Why not go the
next step? If we’re going to be recycling, why not fuel?” He
said that although it would be expensive to convert the vehicles,
it would save on pollution and be better for the environment.
“I think it would be a big step for a small company.”
But more than the environmental accomplishments,
Maldonado is most proud that the company has achieved his father’s
original goal that, “we’ve been around this long.” When the company
was first starting out, customers would ask, “Are you sure you’re
going to be around?” Now, they don’t need to ask. “A lot of people
believe in us, because we’re still here.”