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History and Mission

Founded in 1953 by Mr. Weldon Smith, Red River is a third-generation family-owned and operated business. For over sixty years, we have been a pioneer and leader in the service contract and solid waste management industries.

Our experience and longevity has allowed us to meet the high demands of a competitive industry and continue to offer superior, flexible services to our customers.

In addition to our strong corporate culture and stability, our current management and operating personnel have been actively engaged in the solid waste management industry since the late 1960’s. This knowledge and experience gives us and our customers the reassurance that we have the depth, background and tenacity for successful contract performance. We were there yesterday, we’re here today and we’ll be there tomorrow.

Currently, Waste Age ranks Red River as one of the top 50 waste management companies in the United States.

The Conscious Capitalist Credo

We believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. Free enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to even more.

Conscious Capitalism is a way of thinking about capitalism and business that better reflects where we are in the human journey, the state of our world today, and the innate potential of business to make a positive impact on the world. Conscious businesses are galvanized by higher purposes that serve, align, and integrate the interests of all their major stakeholders. Their higher state of consciousness makes visible to them the interdependencies that exist across all stakeholders, allowing them to discover and harvest synergies from situations that otherwise seem replete with trade-offs. They have conscious leaders who are driven by service to the company’s purpose, all the people the business touches and the planet we all share together. Conscious businesses have trusting, authentic, innovative and caring cultures that make working there a source of both personal growth and professional fulfillment. They endeavor to create financial, intellectual, social, cultural, emotional, spiritual, physical and ecological wealth for all their stakeholders.

Conscious businesses will help evolve our world so that billions of people can flourish, leading lives infused with passion, purpose, love and creativity; a world of freedom, harmony, prosperity and compassion

Conscious Capitalism® is a registered trademark of Conscious Capitalism™, Inc. Credo used by permission.

Environmental Mission

Over our sixty years of doing business, Red River has recognized the waste management industry’s responsibility to conserve and protect the environment. Internally, we aim to set the standard in our industry through a companywide sustainability and environmental protection plan that minimizes the stress we put on natural resources.

As part of our mission to be an environmental steward, we have implemented sustainable business practices at all of our office locations with the goal of continually improving the environment.

These programs:

  • Reduce waste and materials consumption.
  • Improve office and administrative procedures.
  • Improve shop procedures.
  • Reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Create more efficient collection routes.
  • Maintain collection vehicles.
  • Install efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems.
  • Purchase more efficient computers, printers and copiers.
  • Educate staff on conservation procedures (e.g. turning out lights, keeping doors closed, etc.)
  • Reduce water consumption and enhance water re-use.
  • Improve recyclability and compostability of material collected.

Combined with our green initiatives in the communities we serve, we believe this positions Red River to be an environmental leader for many generations to come.