TOBEY WASTE & RECYCLING
A Division of FUSION STEEL, LLC.
150 COLFAX ST, PROVIDENCE, RI.02905
Phone: 401-228-8553 Fax: 401-228-8663
OUR PROUD FAMILY HISTORY Tobey Waste is the oldest rubbish company in the country controlled by the same family. It is a true survival story of a minority owned and operated business through seven (7) generations of political, social and economic turmoil.
In the beginning: 1865, George B. Washington a former slave, settled on Cape Cod in Hyannis in a neighborhood called Happy Hollow with a four foot long wheelbarrow starting Washington Garbage Removal, The FIRST.
Five years after the Emancipation, George T. Washington joined his dad with his horse Barney and a wagon expanded the garbage company to include trash removal. Trash was buried and garbage was fed to the hogs on his farm in West Hyannisport Massachusetts.
George T. Washington’s daughter Ella married Eugene Tobey, a Native American from Mashpee. Their son Lawrence S. Tobey, Sr. joined his grandfather and replaced the horse and wagon with trucks, changing the name to Washington Trucking, thus expanding the business to include local businesses and residential customers. Washington Trucking had evolved from the original ex- slave owner with a wheelbarrow, to the industrial era.
Next, Lawrence “Sonny” Tobey, Jr. with brothers Nathaniel (“Nat”) and George joined their dad. Sonny introduced container service to Cape Cod customers, another first, just as his great, great, great Grandfather George B. Washington had done in 1865.
Sonny and his brothers changed the name to All-Cape Disposal, Inc. DBA Tobey’s. Tobey’s is the oldest continuously operating rubbish company in the nation controlled by the same family. Sonny then came up with the company motto “Established in 1865 and Still Talking Trash” which is still the motto today.
Sonny, the eldest son of Lawrence S. Tobey SR. and president of All-Cape Disposal, Inc. arranged for brother George to become the driving force behind Sea Mass, the waste to energy facility in Rochester Mass. George was successful in obtaining $300 million dollars from I.B.J. (International Bank Of Japan) along with signing towns in the Cape Cod area, modest tipping fees to ensure the project would go forward and be successful.
Sonny then assigned Nat the responsibility for the Transportation Division to haul waste to the energy facility. Thus the Tobey family brought the Cape Cod trash business into the Green Revolution of today another FIRST for Cape Cod.
Now, Bryan Tobey, son of Sonny and the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandson of the man with a wheelbarrow, is the seventh generation in this family business. Bryan is the CEO of Fusion Steel, LLC and Tobey Waste & Recycling.
As we enter the 21st Century, Brandon and Aaron Tobey joined their father Bryan, Grandfather Sonny and Uncle Nathaniel (“Nat”) in continuing the family business tradition, 145 years after the first wheelbarrow entered Happy Hollow. Tobey Waste and Recycling is “Still Talking Trash”!
TOBEY WASTE & RECYCLING is proud to participate in the Rhode Island experience of creating minority enterprises, establishing viable and sustainable businesses, and helping to create jobs to be filled by the local minority community.
OUR BUSINESS MODEL Tobey Waste & Recycling is a wholly owned division of Fusion Steel LLC which is a SWOMBE-certified, minority owned business enterprise. Tobey Waste & Recycling is more than just a minority owned business; it is a member of our community. We are located at 150 Colfax Street. Providence, Rhode Island 02905. Tobey is committed to improving minority participation in local business while providing employment to the local community. We take pride in our 90% minority employment and the opportunities we provide. We give back!!
Bryan Tobey: Owner/CEO
“Established in 1865 and STILL TALKING TRASH”