Charles Ramer is a Senior Consultant at RRS, bringing 30 years of experience in developing and implementing progressive, results oriented, cost effective, solid waste management programming.  Charles has extensive experience in MRF operations, routing efficiency, and market development from his tenure in Surprise Arizona, and as the Director of the award-winning Portage County Ohio Solid Waste District.  From his experience on the Leadership Team of Ohio’s largest energy aggregator, Charles also has experience in green energy and the impact on carbon reduction and sustainability.

Recent Team Projects

  • Route Smart: Designed and implemented a complete solid waste and recycling rerouting for the 7th largest Arizona city resulting in a 30% increase in productivity and a 40% increase in the enterprise account balance over three years.
  • Project Pride: Implemented continuous improvement program for Surprise Arizona Public Works Department that established clear evaluation scores for performance measures and job expectations resulting in the eighth highest customer service score among 500 cities participating in an ICMA review and the highest staff efficiency ranking of all comparable ICMA cities with the least percentage of management/staff.
  • Environmental Programming Award: Established one the largest Solid Waste Districts in Ohio including the largest publicly owned and operated recycling processing facility with a staff of 51 and a fleet of 17 collection trucks.  Services included the only Ohio full time household hazardous waste collection program, and a County ReUse Center for household and durable goods. District was honored by the Ohio  EPA for the first Leadership Award in Environmental Programming.
  • Community Choice Green Energy: Participated in the development and implementation of a 100% green REC based power program as a component of local communities 30% carbon reduction by 2030 plans.
  • Energy Advisor Program: Participated in the development and implementation of an Energy Audit and Advisory Program designed to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by determining the most optimum energy efficiency capital improvements.

Topical Expertise

  • MRF operations, efficiency, and market development
  • Routing design and efficiency
  • Solid waste planning and program development
  • Energy efficiency, green energy, carbon reduction and sustainability

Recent Speaking Engagements/Publications

  • Speaker SWANA WasteCon
  • Past Board Member SWANA Arizona
  • Past President OSWDO Organization of Solid Waste Districts of Ohio 
  • Speaker Association of Indiana Solid Waste Districts


  • B.B.A. Business Administration Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • M.B.A. Business Administration Dauch College of Business and Economics, Ashland University, Ashland, OH