"The waste and recycling industry strives to successfully collect, recycle and innovate," said Sharon H. Kneiss, president and CEO of the National Waste & Recycling Association. "With the exemplary dedication and service Republic Services and its drivers have exhibited, this recognition is well-deserved."The Driver of the Year program recognizes waste industry drivers committed to safety and providing excellent customer service. For more than 25 years, the program has honored drivers who have upheld the field of solid waste management as an honorable occupation, and have conducted themselves and operated their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. Drivers from the private and public sector in the U.S. are eligible for nomination. 2014 Driver of the Year: Johnny Caine, Baton Rouge, LA Since he joined Republic Services in 1999, Johnny Caine has held a perfect safety and accident-free record. Each week, Caine drives an average of 460 miles, making more than 7,000 garbage stops. He serves some 1,200 residential customers daily. Caine is often called upon to mentor new drivers, extending his knowledge and service across his division. A 2013 Driver of the Year Finalist, Caine has also earned Republic's Dedicated to Safety award seven times and Dedicated to Excellence award three times. 2014 Driver of the Year: Florentino Castrellon, Ft. Worth, TX With more than 25 years in the industry, Florentino Castrellon has been accident free for 10 years, with a spotless Motor Vehicle Report for the same timeframe. A driver of an industrial roll off truck, Castrellon serves Republic's municipal and commercial customers across the Fort Worth, TX-area. He drives some 800 miles a week serving 50 customers. For the past five years, Castrellon has earned Republic's Dedicated to Excellence award, becoming the only driver to achieve this accomplishment in his division. 2014 Driver of the Year: Quemene Perea, Lake Havasu City, AZ Since joining the Company in 1995, Quemene Perea has had a perfect safety and accident-free record. A commercial driver, Perea drives nearly 1,100 miles weekly, serving a broad range of customers from construction sites to physicians' offices and municipalities. Often going above the call of duty, in 2007 Perea was made an honorary firefighter by Lake Havasu City officials for having prevented a serious structure fire by relocating a burning dumpster without regard to his own personal safety. He also has recruited a number of people to Republic, further demonstrating his commitment to the profession. He was selected a Driver of the Year finalist in 2012. About Republic ServicesRepublic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. non-hazardous solid waste and recycling. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills focus on providing reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers. Republic and its employees believe in protecting the planet and applying common sense solutions to customers' waste and recycling challenges. For more information, visit the Republic website at republicservices.com. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131010/LA95963LOGO SOURCE Republic Services, Inc.