Leadership Team

Kenny Burkett, Founder

Kenny Burkett, founder of American Waste Control, saw a huge need to bring improvements to the collection process by helping solve the needs of his customers. Starting with only one truck and a handful of clients in 1970, he quickly built a successful company based on serving the Tulsa community and providing the best in waste management solutions.

He sold the residential department of his business in 1980—then began devoting his interests to commercial and industrial clients, founding American Waste Control that same year. He then went on to found Tulsa Recycle and Transfer (TRT) in 1987 and then American Environmental Landfill (AEL) in 2000, making American Waste Control the only completely integrated waste management company in Tulsa that provides custom solutions to area businesses.

Todd Green, Vice President Landfill Operations

dsc_9915Todd Green brings over three decades of Solid Waste experience to AEL. With an educational background in Chemistry and Business Management, he is well suited for serving our Industrial clients.

His work history includes a broad spectrum of experience in the Solid Waste sector that ranges from Engineering and Landfill Management to virtually every aspect of the Waste industry such as waste characterization, collection, transportation, recycling, and disposal.

Since joining AEL in 2005, he has led the company to a successful operation that has virtually quadrupled in revenues all the while maintaining a reputation as the best operated landfill in the State according to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. His expertise will continue to allow AEL to lead the industry in environmental compliance and be the premier choice of industrial clients for their special waste needs.

Mike Burns, Operations Manager

dsc_9902As Operations Manager, Mike Burns’ job includes doing just a little bit of everything here at American Environmental Landfill. From running equipment to planting trees, there isn’t a whole lot around here that he doesn’t help with on a daily basis. His wealth of knowledge and nearly three decades in the industry are an incredible asset to our organization. Furthermore, his experience and dedication have allowed us to keep costs down in an ever changing market, leading to our success as the number one landfill in the state.

In fact, the industry is somewhat of a family affair for Mike. His grandfather, Forrest Burns, initially permitted what is now our location in 1981. From childhood, he spent his days helping out with the family business, working his way up from picking up debris to gaining experience in equipment operation and maintenance.

Best of all, the tradition of the Burns family at American Environmental Landfill is already well on the way to continuing with the next generation. Mike’s two sons are both employed at our Sand Springs location. And it isn’t too uncommon to see his wife and daughter lending a helping hand at ATRC.

Laura King, Customer Service Representative/Accounts Receivable Manager

Meet Laura King, our customer service representative and accounts receivable manager. If you ask her, she would say she is the “front of house mom” that keeps everyone in line. She has been working at American Environmental Landfill for ten years and is also a proud military veteran, serving as a mechanic in the US Navy for six-and-a-half years. The best part of working at AEL for her is, “being able to work for a company that runs so well and, thanks to Kenny, we are just one big family here.” Laura enjoys getting to meet new people every day, along with keeping up with the reoccurring customers. She sums up working at AEL by saying, “It’s kind of rare that you can honestly love your job. I wake up every day not minding coming to work.”

When Laura is not keeping everyone in line here at AEL, she enjoys knitting, fishing, and taking her boat out on Keystone Lake where she resides with her husband of 26 years. Laura and her husband have one child together, Micki, who works alongside her mother here at AEL. She was born and raised in Mannford, Oklahoma and is proud to call the Sooner State home.

Micki King, Customer Service Representative

Meet Micki King, our customer service representative. Micki has been working at American Environmental Landfill for five years. She proudly works alongside her mother, Laura, to help keep things organized and our customers happy. In addition, the mother-daughter duo also hands out snacks and sodas to drivers who haven’t had time for lunch, which makes them a caring asset to our team. In her spare time when she’s not busy helping make AEL great, she enjoys to crochet, attend concerts, and horseback ride. She can also play the fiddle and might be known as a “crazy cat lady” to some. Micki just recently got into horseback riding, and a few weeks back attended her first dressage show where she won first place! Micki was born and raised in Mannford, Oklahoma and is proud to continue residing here. She loves Tulsa, and her favorite thing about Green Country is the BOK Center — her favorite show was when she got to see Green Day.

For Micki, the best part about working at AEL is that Kenny goes above and beyond to make the facility nice and allows the employees to make it feel like home. According to her, “AEL is the best landfill in Oklahoma. People take pride in working here.” Micki also loves that she can work alongside her mother and all the wildlife that she gets to watch on a daily basis—especially the Longhorns and horses!

Raven B., Administrative Assistant

Meet Raven B., our administrative assistant. She recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental, Health, and Safety Management and has been with our company since 2013.