In recent years in Greensboro, there have been a whole lot of changes when it comes to waste collection and recycling policies, and, on Thursday, May 9, the City of Greensboro announced another big change:  A new director of the Solid Waste & Recycling Department has been chosen from within the department after what city leaders say was an extensive nationwide search.

Greensboro seems to spend more time talking about, tweaking and changing up waste collection policies than any city in the country, so this is an extremely important position and the hope is that the new director will keep things running smoothly once he takes over the job on Wednesday, May 15.

After the search, Interim City Manager Chris Wilson appointed Griffin Hatchell as the new director of the Solid Waste & Recycling Department.

Hatchell began working for Greensboro in the fall of 2021 as the city’s solid waste collections manager.  In that capacity, he oversaw residential trash and recycling services, as well as yard, bulk and e-waste collections.

Hatchell has been the point man for the latest huge change in Greensboro’s collection policy: the transition to the new yard waste containers that showed up in front of people’s houses a few weeks ago.

Now, he’ll oversee the department of roughly 170 employees.

Before coming to work for Greensboro, Hatchell was the superintendent of solid waste for the City of Raleigh.

He has also worked as an operations manager for Waste Industries and as an operations supervisor for UPS.

In a prepared statement that accompanied the city’s announcement of the hiring,  Wilson said he’s excited to have Hatchell in the top spot.

“Mr. Hatchell will be an asset to our leadership team as he offers a fresh perspective, based on his extensive solid waste experience spanning the private and public sectors,” Wilson said. “The City will benefit from increased efficiency in our waste management initiatives as Griffin optimizes our collection processes, thereby improving overall effectiveness.”

Hatchell also offered up some very positive comments.

“I look forward to serving the residents of Greensboro in this new capacity. Together, with my dedicated team, we will work to improve and expand solid waste services,” he stated. “Furthermore, we will continue to make strides in recycling, such that Greensboro becomes a model for other cities.”

Under his leadership, the city is now implementing a totally new yard waste policy and city crews will begin removing the new gray yard waste containers from people’s houses. Not really, but let’s hope the consistency of leadership from within the department means that the current policies are around a while – at least long enough for city residents to learn all the complicated new rules and the penalties for disobeying them.

Hatchell holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education Graphic Communications from NC State University and is certified by the Solid Waste Association of North America in the areas of Solid Waste Collections Manager and Management of Land Field Operations.