Underground Refuses Systems Inc. was founded in 2015 by longtime friends Jay Wheeler and Ron Howse. Seeing the need for a better way to manage and collect solid waste in the United States Jay went all over Europe to see the different technologies that were being used. He visited areas with high water tables, close to bodies of water, cities, and theme parks. He found that the company NORD Engineering had the best system, and the owner of Nord Engineering is the EU patent holder to invest in and bring the technology to the United States. The first groundbreaking for the underground technology took place in Kissimmee, Florida. This was after two years of challenging work talking to City Management to get the system approved, and installed. Since this type of technology has never been in the United States other approvals needed to be obtained for the truck to be allowed on the American roads by the Department of Transportation. The first unit became fully operational on April 19, 2016 in Kissimmee, Florida at Kissimmee City Hall.
The underground technology offers many benefits to reshape the solid waste management systems in the United States. The underground technology prevents nuisance animals such as rats and bears from having access to the refuse. The system saves above ground by being comparable to the capacity of approximately 15 large garbage cans. Storms and winds will not affect this system as it cannot blow over or float in a flood. The system contains all refuse which keeps it from blowing away and has a security feature to reduce illegal dumping.
The company continues to make advances with the below ground units and also offers above ground units. The future of United States waste management will never look the same.
Underground Refuse Systems is a proud participant in the University of Central Florida Business Incubator Program.
- Jay Wheeler – President/Owner
- Ron Howse P.E., P.S.M. – Owner
- Laura Wheeler – Business Ambassador
- Amanda Soto – Chief of Technology and Administration
- John Gebhardt – Business Advisor
- Pete Pace – Pace Contracting Services
- Joel Katz – Sales Associate
- Michael Marder – Attorney (Greenspoon Marder)
- Jane Wheeler – UCF Intern