Beecher man turns single garbage route into $6 billion a year business

Rich Van Hattem, a founder of Republic Services Inc., is shown at a Republic Services waste transfer station in Crown Point. The 44-year veteran of the trash business was recently inducted into the National Waste & Recycling Hall of Fame. He was recognized for pioneering ideas that help trash haulers be more efficient and cost-competitive, which have since been embraced across the industry.

May 15, 2014 3:58 pm  • 
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