Northwest Refuse

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Location: Baltimore, MD
Founded: 2008
Industry: Trash and recycling disposal

Northwest Refuse

David Ehrenfeld


Northwest Refuse (NWR) is a locally owned and operated waste and recycling hauler. The company specializes in roll-off dumpsters, construction equipment rentals and commercial dumpster service throughout the Baltimore-Washington metro area. In addition to owning and operating its own trucks and equipment, NWR brokers services nationwide. For CEO David Ehrenfeld, the company’s success has come down at least in part to making the right decisions. “We have been fortunate to have made very good personnel decisions over the years, and the result is a superb group of people who truly care about the company and its customers,” he says. “We have also stepped on the growth accelerator at opportune times, with just the right amount of force.”

Quick Tip: “A great leader motivates employees to identify and implement their greatest strengths, yet easily improve their areas of weakness.”

In the last eight years, NWR has grown 4,000 percent, and Ehrenfeld believes the company can replicate that growth level going forward. “Within the next five years, we hope to serve trash and recycling customers in all 50 states, and we would also like to expand into the disposal side of the industry,” he says. “In addition, we have big plans to continue to give back to our communities with larger and more impactful projects. There is much left to accomplish.”