Clean Harbors – Keeping Our Environment Clean

Steve Pollock
April 2024

NORWELL, MA…. Even though Clean Harbors has been around for over 40 years and maintains the 14th largest private motor carrier in North America, many people don’t know what they do.

Simply put, Clean Harbors provides cradle-to-grave services for hazardous waste – from a single drum to an entire truck load – to ensure the proper disposal of material after all recycling value has been extracted.

The company is the nation’s largest provider of environmental and industrial services, transferring and disposing of hazardous waste to landfills, incinerators and recycling facilities. It also owns Safety-Kleen, which specializes in recycling oil, solvents and lubricants. Additionally, Clean Harbors provides services for everything from diesel clean-ups to environmental disasters, like the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf. 

Clean Harbors generates more than $5 billion in revenue annually, runs 700 branches and owns more than 100 permitted hazardous waste management facilities, including nine incinerators at five sites across North America.

There are 700 professional truck drivers in the Clean Harbors National Transportation fleet, 180 of whom are owner-operators or small fleet owners – the latter of which has tripled in the last five years. Clean Harbors also operates over 2,500 rail cars. Employees embody the motto, “Safety Starts with Me: Live It 3-6-5” and are proud to work for an organization creating sustainable solutions for the future.

The hazardous waste industry is recession-proof, with year-round freight volumes and rates that do not fluctuate. All drivers must have a hazmat endorsement but are well compensated for it. The company operates dry vans to haul drum and tote waste, tankers for liquid bulk waste and end dumps and roll-offs for super fluid waste. Many of the loads are drop and hook. 

Under the National Transportation umbrella, Clean Harbors utilizes company drivers to haul local and LTL loads and, because owner-operators generally prefer more miles, they run regional and long-haul loads. The company can lease/hire drivers nearly anywhere in the United States, with or without a trailer. Drivers are paid for all miles loaded and emptied, along with all non-driving time. 

Clean Harbors partners with owner-operators to help them successfully manage their business, so if your goal is to grow your fleet, the company is there to make it happen.

“We are always looking for drivers and independent contractors who understand safety and hazardous material handling,” said Clean Harbors Executive Vice President of Transportation and Logistics Kevin Ridings “We can find a place in our system for them because our network is so vast.”

Company drivers must have at least a year of driving experience and must be able to manage and, at times, fill out hazardous shipping manifests. They can work with Clean Harbors directly, or with one of their many small fleet owners. There are also numerous related jobs at Clean Harbors, including Field Services, emergency response, chemical distribution, product sales and more.

“We value drivers who understand the hazardous materials industry and want to work, and they are compensated accordingly,” Ridings said. “Clean Harbors has steady year-round work and contracted rates. Independent contractors know in advance what their runs will be, many of which are for long-standing customers providing reliable lanes for our drivers. Let us help you build your business, because when you succeed, we succeed.”

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