City of Roses is a family owned company that was established in 1996. From our humble beginnings equipped with only one truck and drop box, we are proud to say we have grown to be one of the most dependable and reliable drop box companies in the Pacific NW.
Our company is dedicated to recycling and making this world a sustainable environment for the people of tomorrow. Our environmentally conscious staff takes pride in assisting individuals and companies in lessening their carbon footprint. In addition to our green credentials, we are also a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) that offers personal and friendly customer service to all of our valued clients.
City of Roses serves a variety of sectors including housing developments, high rise commercial and residential buildings, transportation and trucking. We work with many familiar companies in the Portland area including: Hoffman Construction, Walsh Construction, Kiewit Bilfinger-Berger, Skanska, Hamilton Construction, Stacy & Witbeck, Howard S Wright Constructors, R&H Construction, and Colas Construction. With each completed project, City of Roses has gained a reputation for reliable service, timely turnarounds, and in-depth reporting.
Alonzo Simpson: President
Alonzo Simpson is the founder and current President of City of Roses Disposal & Recycling, Inc. Since entering the waste industry over 20 years ago, Alonzo has grown City of Roses Disposal & Recycling into one of the most respected and recognized waste hauling companies in the Pacific NW. Since first starting as a truck driver for the City of Portland Maintenance Bureau, Alonzo has been capable of obtaining and restoring mass amounts of knowledge in the industry. In 1996 Alonzo took it upon himself to turn his job description into a lifelong hobbie and career by obtinaing a small loan, acquiring one roll-off truck and one drop box and begin to privately operate under the name City of Roses Dropbox Service, not to mention while still driving for the City of Portland.
Alonzo was born and raised in NE Portland and since beocming an entreprenuer, Alonzo has developed the reputation as one who stands by "his word". This exact old fashioned point of view is what has enabled Alonzo to carry on success of his small buisness for more than 15 years. Alonzo is one of the many African American entreprenuers who essentially started from nothing and have climed thier way up the path to success, he is a hands-on leader who utilizes his valued expertise to strategize and evolve his company in the ever-changing industry of waste and recycling. On a more personal side, he is also a very humble individual who the community highly respects, Alonzo will forever be recognized as the man who always puts others before himself.
Alando Simpson: Vice President / General Manager
As an up and coming advocate for sustainability from the N/NE Portland Community, Vice President & General Manager Alando Simpson as many might refer to as, is ahead of his time. Alando came aboard City of Roses in 2004 providing assistance on both the administrative end as well as the trade aspect understanding the nature of the company kinesthetically both in and out. After graduating from Portland State University, Alando jumped straight into the mix as a full time general manager it was there where he began to direct the firm’s current and future operations and placed his center of attention on shifting the organizations focus around sustainability and most significantly recycling.
Over the years, Alando obtained the precise managerial experience which has enabled him to become and organizational leader who believes in motivating employees to “get it done right the first time” and avoid wasted time. These same managerial traits and characteristics have been the catalyst behind the restructuring of City of Roses’ entire operations with the spotlight being placed upon management processes. These same processes, which were motivated by sustainability, have led to the inception of construction waste reduction plans, waste and recycling education, recycling reports and innovative formulas which highlight carbon offsets through recycling. All services which City of Roses provides for each and every commercial customer.
A North Portland resident who believes in giving back, Alando spends hours upon hours dedicating his time year round to coaching and training High School Basketball at local Benson High School. Aside from being a leader in the office and on the sidelines, Alando works diligently to sustain and uphold the community by supporting equitable education and small business growth through his involvement with various boards and committees and most importantly through City of Roses Disposal & Recycling.