SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At the South Plainfield Borough Council meeting March 20, Pinto Brothers Disposal was recognized for its four-plus decades of services in and around the borough. In honor of the milestone, Mayor Matt Anesh and Council President Derryck White presented a proclamation to Pinto Brothers Disposal owner Andrew Pinto and his son, Andrew, Jr.
“It has been established that small business provides more new jobs than any other sector of the economy and the greatness of our community is attributed to these small business, which provide the basic elements of our free enterprise system,” reads the proclamation. “Pinto Brothers is one of the oldest family owned businesses in the tri-state area and has worked hard in our community to provide quality service [that] evokes the confidence of their consumers.”
Pinto Brothers Disposal was established in 1980 by brothers Andrew and Matthew Pinto, two former high school teachers who after relocating to South Plainfield from Newark began running a small garbage disposal company out of their parents home on Delaney Court. Back then, Andrew and Matthew each had a residential route – one in South Plainfield and another in Edison – as well as a small commercial route throughout Middlesex County and would park their trucks along Old Metuchen Road.
In 1982, the Pintos purchase property at 1125 Birch Place and built a facility. They soon began hiring additional employees, acquiring additional routes and expanding their company with routes into Somerset County and, by the mid-80s, the company also added roll-off (dumpster) service. In the 1990s, its employee total grew from four to 12 with that number doubling in 2000. Then, in 2005, Pinto became a municipal contractor with 50 employees. Additionally, Pinto Brothers became a unionized company in 1980s with all employees members of Local 945 – New Jersey Teamsters.
“The fact that we have been a unionized garbage company for the past 40 years is something that is rare; back when we started most were but today it is a rarity. There are only a few left in New Jersey,” said PInto.
In the beginning, Pinto serviced 1,100 residential and 60 commercial accounts and, today, services over 20,000 residential and 250 commercial accounts. The company now runs 15 trucks Monday through Friday, including roll-off and residential trucks between Middlesex and Somerset counties along with commercial trucks that handle Somerset, Middlesex and parts of Monmouth counties and a cardboard/single stream recycling truck that services towns within both Middlesex and Somerset counties.
Additionally, both Andrew and Matthew Pinto remain actively involved in the growth and daily operation of the business they started four decades ago.
“We are proud of the community and honored to be a part of it for so many years,” said Andrew, noting that over the years, the company has supported other local businesses and given back through fundraisers and other events. “We didn't know anyone when we came here; now, it’s like we are all one big family. We are happy to tell people we are from South Plainfield.”
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