Truck driver hauls in national award

Dave Bedford, 61, Boise, has been driving garbage trucks for 36 years. He was recently recognized as the 2016 Driver of the Year, the top driver in the nation by the National Waste and Recycling Association for his overall service and safety. "... to be honored in such a national sense, I was little bit overwhelmed by it all," Bedford said while making his rounds for Republic Services of Boise last week. "Trying to help the customer out is the biggest part of it," he said. Bedford drives an average of 600 miles each week serving about 35 industrial customers and collecting more than 250 tons of waste.
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com