Meridian Waste names new government affairs manager

The new hire will oversee the company’s governmental collection and disposal contracts as well as development projects within its operating area.

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September 14, 2018
Edited by Adam Redling

Meridian Waste, St. Louis, announced that Derrick Standley has been hired as the government affairs manager responsible for all of the company’s local and state governmental collection and disposal contracts as well as development projects within the company’s Missouri operating area, which includes four hauling companies, one municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill, one transfer station and any new expansion regions within the state.

In his new role, Standley will be responsible for ensuring quality service to 21 current municipal customers and about 100,000 residential customers while also focusing on growing the region’s municipal collection and disposal businesses through identifying local government service opportunities and strengthening relationships with elected officials and staff regarding the environmental services provided by the company.

Standley has more than 27 years of industry experience, most recently serving as president of Presidio Environmental and prior to that, vice president of operations and engineering for Houston-based WCA Waste Corporation.

“We are fortunate to have Derrick on our team because of his commitment to serving our customers with unfailing care and responsiveness, as well as his entrepreneurial vision that will fuel our growth in the Missouri market,” Walter Hall, CEO of Meridian Waste, says. “He is a proven leader with a long track record serving many Missouri environmental associations while bringing a diverse skill set to this role.”

Standley’s areas of expertise include environmental compliance, government affairs and process improvement. He holds environmental research and education foundation national landfill operations certifications and is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) campus-certified environmental specialist. He is currently a member of the Environmental Federation Missouri Association and is a recent board member for the Missouri Solid Waste Management Association. Standley also served on the Missouri Waste Control Coalition for 25 years.

Standley holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, and also served in the U.S. Army.