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Profile appeared in our 30-1 Issue – April 2013

Elmer Sr. and Virginia started the Price family legacy of public service in April 1947 when they opened Southside Sanitation in south Bakersfield. Elmer’s motto was simple: “One Man, One Truck, One Route.” So, with his trusty 1929 Ford Model A, Elmer set to work building a business. He said he simply wanted to work hard and provide for his family.

Elmer’s standard of integrity and customer service is at the core of how Price Disposal and the Price family continue to operate today. Walter Price, Elmer Price Jr., Wanda Price-England, and now third generation Price employee Jon Price continue Elmer Sr.’s standards and uphold the philosophy that has carried the Price’s business for over 60 years.

The operation today is managed under that philosophy of: “Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.”

Today, the one-truck, one-man route has turned into a fleet of 57 collection trucks servicing seven franchise areas with over 34,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The service area covers over 1,200 square miles which includes Kern County, the City of Bakersfield, City of Arvin, Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.


Being innovative has been at the core of the Price business strategy. The Price family was the first local hauler to purchase a packer truck (1959), frontloader truck (1965), roll-off truck (1972), and fully automated side loader truck (1992).

In 2006, Price Disposal’s “Classroom Recycling Container Program” began with the Arvin Union School District, which has resulted in 2010 & 2011 “Waste Minimization” Trophy from Keep California Beautiful. In 2009, the Arvin Green Arts Festival was created. It was the first Recycled Material Arts Festival in the State of California. In addition, companies like Nestle (Dreyers) have utilized Price’s specially fabricated equipment to help compost/recycle millions of pounds of material every month.

The heart of the Price family’s community service has always been focused on the local youth. Giving back to the youth will help the whole community benefit in the future. In 2008, the Price family started donating towards the AVID Scholarships for Arvin School District students. The AVID program helps finance, prepare, and encourage students for their college days ahead. These ongoing community programs helped Price Disposal and the Price family to be recognized as the 2013 Arvin Business of the Year.

The Price family, along with the other local haulers of metro Bakersfield area and Keep Bakersfield Beautiful, created the Greater Bakersfield Green Expo. The Expo is the only high school recycled material arts competition in the state. The collaborative group also helped initiate McDonald’s E-Waste events that benefits Bakersfield’s local Ronald McDonald House Charities that serve the families of sick children. The local haulers also service many community events such as the Bakersfield Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s largest event.

The Price family is forever grateful for the opportunity to serve Kern County. Giving back to the community through scholarships, community programs, and innovative service opportunities is an effort to show their customers how much they appreciate being able to serve them.

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