James Heustess

James “Jim” Heustess, an influential and respected figure in the waste management industry, passed away unexpectedly, at the age of 74, on Saturday, May 20, 2023. A man known for his unwavering dedication to his family, business ventures and health, leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire all.

Jim was the founder of American Waste Systems Inc., and his entrepreneurial journey also saw him co-founding American Refuse Systems Inc. (ARS) in the 1970s, and First Tee Transport, Inc. (FTT) in 2002. Throughout his illustrious career, he proved to be a leading figure in shaping waste management services in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.