About Us


Our business is always picking up

Sunrise has been in the solid waste and recycling business for over 40 years. Over this time period, we have experienced significant growth in Maryland and West Virginia and we now operate in Tucker, Randolph, Pendleton, Preston, Mineral, and Grant counties in WV and in Garrett County in MD.

Our secret sauce isn’t so secret and it boils down to just a few key ingredients:

  • Provide prompt and courteous service
  • Operate under “The Golden Rule”
  • Make our services reasonably priced in the areas we operate.


We believe that each customer is a privilege and it is our pleasure to serve every customer to the best of our ability.
We believe that this has been the key to our success over the past four decades and will continue to operate under this premise.

We would be thrilled to work with your business, manufacturing facility, resort, HOA, mining operation, retail outlet, residence, or any other facility to meet your solid waste and recycling needs.

Picking up for over 40 years!
A family-owned business


from its founder

Hello to every reader reading this little piece of the history of Sunrise Sanitation Services, Inc. Although people might say that I am the founder of the company, there are many others who are responsible for its success. In 1977, after accepting Jesus Christ as my savior and making the decision to quit my beer distributorship company, I was in Thomas, WV with no job opportunities unless I left town. During that time Frank Thompson approached me during a Community Bible Church service and told me about his idea to open a trash collection business. It always broke my heart to see people forced to leave our area due to the lack of job opportunities and I had this passion to give back to the community in the form of jobs, but on hearing his advice, I remained silent. To laugh would hurt him and wasn’t something I wanted to do to my friend. Inside, however, I dismissed the idea.

Six months later I was in the trash business with forty-three customers who I serviced in an old beat-up garbage truck that had no heater, bald tires, rusty fenders about to fall off, and multiple paint colors from previous paint jobs. But the old truck did its job well and the company was off to a good start.

It’s never been easy to build this business in a sparely populated mountainous rural area with harsh winter conditions. For years I drove, was the truck mechanic, and did the clerical work, alongside the many other responsibilities associated with owning a business, You work sick, injured, cold, and long hours because that’s what it took. For years there was no salary. All the income generated was for everyday operations and growth, but I cherish many wonderful memories, stories, friends, and experiences.

My philosophy for being successful in the solid waste and recycling industry was to provide great service. We took great pride in the cleanliness and appearance of collection trucks and employees. You know the saying “the customer is always right?” We tried our best to follow this philosophy, and evidently, all this paid off. Forty-five years later Sunrise employs over fifty people, provides services in three states, and is recognized as one of the leading waste companies in the region. Our employees are very important to us, therefore, we provide great job opportunities and excellent benefits. Sunrise has been awarded Recycler of the Year for a number of years by the state of West Virginia.

It’s wonderful to share that my dream to provide numerous jobs has been obtained, and I am proud that the legacy of Sunrise Sanitation Services is being carried forward by my daughter Molly and her husband Nathan Walter. God has richly blessed me, He has surrounded me with so many that have contributed to the success of Sunrise. These include my wife Vivian, my parents, friends, teachers, employees, church family, and all our incredible customers. Thanks for taking the time to read this and, hopefully, if you’re not a part of the Sunrise family you will be.

Stuart G.Thayer, Jr.

weekly waste pick-up services
Choosing garbage collection service
Waste management Serives
Preventing accidents with garbage truck

Proud Partners of:

Community Partnerships

Back row, left to right: Owen Mulkeen-Associate Director, Beth Warnick-Media & Outreach Specialist, Garrett Richardson-Monitoring Technician.Front row, left to right: Lisa Maraffa-Program Assistant & Events Producer, Madison Ball-Conservation Program Director, Amanda Pitzer-Executive Director

Sunrise Sanitation prides itself on a commitment to the environment. We work closely with several organizations that have the same commitment and dedication to preserving the health and integrity of the environment. Friends of the Cheat is one of those organizations. Over the years we have had the distinct honor of sponsoring and helping to improve the communities they serve. Most recently we were able to donate eight bike racks that are being used in local parks such as Rowlesburg Park, Albright Town Park, Masontown Trailhead Park, Kingwood Sisler Park, and Reedsville Trailhead.

Jacob’s Ladder is a residential substance abuse treatment program for men. Their mission is to help establish mindful living and a loving concern for self, others, and the earth nurturing the roots of sustainable recovery. Here at Sunrise Sanitation, we understand the importance of supporting programs that have an impact on people’s lives. Over the years we have been able to provide financial support and free trash collection at their location. Sunrise Sanitation believes that our relationships with customers and local agencies is what sets us apart from other companies.
Chad Bishop, Director of Jacob's Ladder presented Nathan and his team with a hand-made stained glass sun as a thank you for his contributions and support of this fantastic program. The men in recovery requested to make a special gift for Nathan’s support and generosity.
Bob & Nathan

Bob is not only a great customer of Sunrise Sanitation, he is a respected leader in our community. Around Garrett County, he is known as a local History guru and past President of the museum. We work closely with Bob and the volunteers of the museum by sharing our offices with the Garrett County Historical Museum. This relationship has led to opportunities to serve as sponsors of this wonderful organization. We share in the rich History of Garrett County and take great pride in keeping it clean.

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