Greg Carroll is Bruno himself when it comes to waste management
Photo by Ralph Stewart
Greg Carroll, the owner of Bruno's Rolloff Inc., grew up in Vineyard Haven and now lives in Edgartown with his wife, Eve, and their five children, ranging in age from 2 to 21, one in college.
Mr. Carroll was an over-the-road driver for Altas Van Lines, affiliated with Carroll's Martha's Vineyard Rapid Transit, his family's company based on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. When his son was born in 1996, there was a change. "We wanted to find something that kept me closer to home and allowed me to help out with the family business," he said.
"I had the opportunity to handle transportation for the Martha's Vineyard Refuse District in 1999, hauling recyclable material, and that's kind of how I got started," Mr.Carroll said. Bruno is his middle name.
Most of his time now is spent with Carroll's. "Bruno's kind of runs itself," he said.
In addition to about 900 private year-round customers and about 1,500 in the summer, Bruno's signed a five-year municipal trash and recycling collection contract with Tisbury in November 2011. Bruno's took over the waste collection from Tisbury's Department of Public Works (DPW). Of the Island towns, only Tisbury and Oak Bluffs provide curbside pickup for residents. The Oak Bluffs service is handled by the town's highway department.
Mr. Carroll now manages transportation for all of Carroll's Trucking, Stop & Shop, Bruno's, and the Martha's Vineyard Refuse District. "I coordinate between 13 and 15 round-trip boat reservations every day but Sunday, when I only have three, and only eight or nine on Saturdays." He now owns both Carroll's and Bruno's.
Bruno's owns 192 rolloff containers, 12 trash trucks, four rolloff trucks, two power units, and four trailers.
Mr. Carroll said he is hauling 20 percent more waste this April and May than the same months last year.
"We are doing July numbers in April and May this year," he said. "I really don't know why. It could be that the construction industry is picking up, and a lot of people are cleaning out properties, or that people held up because of the weather this winter, and there are more people on the Island now."