Trash Collection Company Downsizes

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For 37 years, Farmer’s Refuse has stood as an icon in the community. Owned by Kenny and Thelma Farmer, the company has serviced residential and commercial customers throughout Hocking and Athens counties, as well as a few other outlying counties since 1976.

After serving the community for more than three decades, the Farmers have decided to downsize and sold a portion of their business to Rumpke Consolidated Companies.

With a heavy heart, Thelma explained the reason behind the sale. “First, we want to thank all the customers over the years for patronizing us. It was not an easy decision. It was heart-wrenching and not something we wanted to do, but we are getting older and decided we needed to downsize the company.”

Farmer’s will still maintain the roll-off component of the business. What they sold to Rumpke were the residential customers and some commercial customer accounts.

“We still have the roll-off portion of the business,” Thelma said. “We have a large base of roll-off customers that use our dumpsters for construction, roofing, cleanup jobs, scrap metal and other purposes.”

Farmer’s offers 10, 20, 30 and 40-yard containers, compactors and storage containers to meet almost any customer need.

According to a press release from Rumpke, the sale was effective Oct. 1 with the company purchasing certain waste collection assets from Farmer’s. Both companies worked to ensure a seamless transition for customers, who can expect to receive service without interruption.