Women In Trucking Names Clean Harbors ‘Top Company for Women to Work’

by Clean Harbors, on Nov 3, 2020 4:00:25 PM


Clean Harbors was recently named a “Top Company for Women to Work For in Transportation” for 2020 by the Women in Trucking Association. The honor recognizes a corporate culture that fosters gender diversity, competitive compensation and benefits, flexible hours, professional development and career advancement.  

Clean Harbors is the North American leader in environmental and industrial services, maintaining the 19th largest private fleet in the United States.  

“We’re incredibly proud to be recognized by WIT as women are a critical part of our driver workforce,” said Clean Harbors Chief Human Resources Officer Jeff Knapp. Gender diversity is something we value strongly at our company, especially on the road where they represent us to the communities we serve. The women who drive Clean Harbors and Safety-Kleen trucks, now more than ever, play a pivotal role in maintaining our collective way of life. We’re privileged to employ such dedicated female drivers who work hard day-in and day-out, mile after mile.”  

Roberta McKenna, a pioneer in the industry having earned her CDL in 1987, said she would recommend a trucking job with Clean Harbors to any woman with the resolve to take the position on.  

Some people were born to sing. Some people were born to write or teach. I was born to truck. But back when I started, women did not drive trucks,” said McKenna, a Clean Harbors trailer operator who was recently featured in a Clean Harbors spotlight called ‘A Day in the Life of a National Transportation Driver. “To do this kind of job, it takes an independent woman. It takes a woman who's not afraid to get dirty. You earn respect out here. 

Clean Harbors equipment operator Marie Sharpe agrees – it’s not an easy job, but it can be done by the right person, male or female: “The next woman who comes to a stop after me, I want someone to tell her, ‘we had a woman 53-years-old and 5-foot-nothing and she did it. You can get out there and do it, too. 

With hundreds of locations across the United States and Canada and more than 50 business lines requiring drivers, Clean Harbors offers a plethora of job opportunities behind the wheel – from long-haul to local runs; route sales positions, equipment operation, training spots and a vast variety of unique roles.  

“Driving for me is fun, Clean Harbors Vacuum Driver and Sales and Service Representative Elizabeth Youngblood said. I've done office jobs. Being chained to a desk for me is difficult. I like to be out where the people are. 

It’s a job with a purpose. With the tagline “sustainability in action,” Clean Harbors has helped companies do their part to keep our planet green since its foundation in 1980. Through its subsidiary Safety-Kleen, Clean Harbors is North America’s largest re-refiner and recycler of used oil 

Since the pandemic struck in March, Clean Harbors has become North America’s leading COVID-19 decontamination company – with more than 8,500 responses. Clean Harbors crews have deep cleaned sports arenas, mass transit, schools, government buildings, warehouses, retail businesses and a variety of other facilities. The company has previously helped farmers stem the outbreak of swine and avian flu, cleaned up the Gulf following the Deepwater Horizon spill, and led decontamination efforts around Ground Zero following 9/11. 

Clean Harbors employment opportunities can be found by visiting careers.cleanharbors.com. 

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