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Alternative Waste Solutions (AWS)

Founded in Atlanta in 2011, AWS provides commercial waste and recycling and construction hauling services for Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. Led by a seasoned waste industry team with more than 50 years’ combined industry experience, AWS provides quality, customized and competitively priced services. AWS is committed to delivering responsive service to your specific waste management needs.

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    Our Mission

    AWS’s mission is to deliver quality waste-management and recycling solutions for our clients. Founded in 2011 in Atlanta, AWS serves metro Atlanta clients in new construction, property management, manufacturing, retail and a host of other industries. A perfect alternative to large, impersonal waste haulers and smaller haulers who lack resources, AWS provides end-to-end waste management solutions at every phase of construction and ongoing building operations. For more information, email AWS.

    Associations and Memberships

    United States Green Building Counsel

    Atlanta Apartment Association


    Cherokee Chamber of Commerce

    Association of Builders & Contractors

    Senior Management Team

    Patrick O’Neil

    President and Co-Founder

    Patrick O’Neil brings more than two decades of proven expertise in the waste industry, driving achievement in revenue growth, brand marketing, and operational efficiencies.

    In 2011, he co-founded Alternative Waste Solutions (AWS) to bring more personalized waste management solutions to the fast-growing metro Atlanta market. Under his leadership, AWS has achieved rapid growth and today is the largest independent commercial waste and recycling hauler in the Atlanta Market.

    Prior to founding AWS, O’Neil has served in numerous leadership roles in the waste industry including the Southern Group VP of Sales for Waste Management, VP of sales for Browning Ferris Industries and most recently he was the VP of Operations for Emerald Waste Services. Where he oversaw eight landfills and six hauling companies and servicing over 100,000 customers. As VP, he helped grow revenues from $25 million to $75 million, and provided key leadership to EWS employees during a period of acquisition and restructuring.

    Heather Dinsmore

    Vice President and Co-Founder

    Heather Dinsmore brings a solid track record in profitable revenue growth, building high-performance sales teams and budgeting/cost control to the waste industry. In 2011, she co-founded Alternative Waste Solutions (AWS) to bring more personalized waste management solutions to the fast-growing metro Atlanta market. As vice president, she oversees AWS’s marketing, human resources and corporate office staff, in addition to building successful partnerships with major contractors, including Balfour Beatty, Choate Construction, Hodges and Hicks and JE Dunn.

    Prior to joining AWS, Dinsmore was founder and president of Atlanta-based GRITS Group, a professional services provider to the commercial construction industry, building a successful business in less than a year through strategic relationship building.

    She held a variety of sales management roles for Waste Management Inc., consistently achieving double-digit sales growth and successfully overseeing a high-performance sales team. During her tenure, she launched an innovative framework for the construction hauling business division, dramatically increased landfill sales with third-party customers, and established the first-ever LEED program for a new construction in Atlanta.

    “Whatever equipment our clients need, we can get it. We thrive at thinking outside the box. When the property management company for SunTrust Park, new home of the Atlanta Braves, needed a unique piece of equipment to move containers by hand from a long distance, we went out and found one. That kind of personalized attention is what makes AWS unique from other companies in the waste-management space.”

    “The last thing you want to think about when you are building a high-rise apartment in Buckhead is how you’re going to deal with the waste. We work with the architects, we make sure the design is right and the equipment matches the building specs. If not, we make adjustments through the construction process, not after.”