The team who guides PIWHA as officers and directors are an experienced group of individuals.
Walter Leck, President
Walter Leck is the president of George Leck & Son Incorporated, the largest independently owned and operated solid waste and recycling hauling company in Bucks County. Walter founded the company in 1972; shortly after, a local hauler he had previously worked for decided to sell his company and Walter and his father decided to purchase it. The company has grown from a one truck operation serving his hometown, Newtown, to more than 50 trucks serving Bucks, Eastern Montgomery and Northeast Philadelphia counties. Walter’s sons, Patrick and Jason, joined the company in the 90’s and his wife and step-mother also work for the company, making it a true “family owned and operated” business.
Additionally, since 1994 Mr. Leck has owned Target Service Equipment Corporation, a company that specializes in the sales and service of municipal solid waste and recycling equipment. Mr. Leck has worked tirelessly in promoting the interests of independent waste haulers regarding regulations that effect the waste industry, both proposed and enacted, by the local, county and state government. He has worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. From 1995 to 2013, Walter served on the Bucks County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and he was a member of the Newtown Environmental Advisory Council for more than two years. Walter served for seven years as vice-president of PIWHA. Currently he is the President of PIWHA, a position he has held for more than 10 years.
In his spare time, Walter enjoys classic cars and collecting automobile memorabilia.
Richard Bapst, Vice President
Richard Bapst is currently General Manager of Chambersburg Waste Paper Company; a large Central Pennsylvania recycling and waste hauling company. Richard is a well known recycling expert and has over 34 years of executive, managerial and financial experience in the recycling and waste industries. In the past he has served as Market Development Manager East Region and General Manager of Smurfit Stone Container Corporation’s Northeast Recycling Region as well as Northeast Manager for Enron Industrial Markets.
Richard received his MBA from Arizona State University and his BS from Niagara University. Mr. Bapst is past Chairperson of the City of Philadelphia Recycling Advisory Committee; past Board of Director for Pennsylvania Resources Council and Currently Vice President of the Pennsylvania Independent Waste Haulers Association.
Jason Leck, Secretary/Treasurer
Jason Leck is a third generation waste and recycling hauling business owner. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he majored in business management and minored in finance as well as played Ice Hockey for the URI RAM’s. Today he currently is the Vice President of George Leck and Son Inc., dba Leck Waste Services, where he is responsible for creating vision and future growth for the Leck Waste Services organization. In addition, he is the owner and operator of eLECKtronics Recycling LLC., a transportation company that provides recycling services to customers who need to be compliant with Pennsylvania’s new ACT 108. He currently has served as the Pennsylvania Independent Waste Haulers Association board of Directors since 1999 as the Secretary / Treasure.
Gary Roberts, Executive Director
Mr. Roberts has worked in the private waste disposal business for over fifty years. Throughout his career, he has held various positions of responsibility covering all aspects of the waste hauling business. As. the President of two privately owned and independent waste disposal corporations, he has been a driving force behind the independent waste hauler’s efforts to survive in the ever-changing marketplace. Since Act 101 was implemented, Gary has advised numerous Municipalities, including Bucks County, concerning establishing their solid waste plans, recycling programs, and/or guiding them through the proper interpretation of the law.
Since 1988, he served on the Bucks County Solid Waste Committee and has served as Vice Chairman since 1995. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Independent Waste Haulers Association (PIWHA) for over fifteen years and has been very instrumental in its expansion and success across the state.
After selling his Waste Hauling business in 2000, Gary was asked to come out of retirement in 2002 to serve again,on the Board of Directors of the PIWHA. In 2004, he was appointed to serve as the Executive Director. In this capacity, he has been working closely with the County Commissioners Association, Municipal Authorities Association, the DEP and legislators throughout the state. The purpose and mission of this Association is to maintain the highest standard possible for Recycling and disposal of waste, while securing a position of survival for the remaining independent waste haulers.
Previously, .Gary has studied alternative technology for waste handling and recycling throughout the United States and other countries. In 1990, he developed a $40,000,000 waste, recycling system, by gathering a knowledgeable group of people and using the best working technology from the United States and around the world. The system was completely permitted, by local, county and the P ADEP and permission was given to start construction. Almost simultaneously, the courts struck down waste flow. This action removed our guaranteed waste stream and eliminated our financing.
In 2004, Gary developed, spearheaded and helped train the first Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Bucks County (only the second such team in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania). He also formed the Town Watch Emergency Plan groups (TWEP) by having all Town Watch groups in Bristol Township working together and sharing information for a common goal of safety throughout the community.
Gary has secured $5,000 grants for three Town Watch Groups, $20,000 for the Newportville Civic Association, and $500,000 for the Village of Newportville. He also helped secure a $50,000 grant for the Newportville Fire Company. In 2010 Gary secured another $200,000.00 grant and helped to secure $500,000.00 for the Fire Company’s new building.
He also negotiated an agreement between Bucks County and Bristol Township. The Township agreed to deed several parcels of land to the County and in return the County will build and maintain a Park and playground.
Honorary lifetime member Newportville Fire Co.
President, Newportville Town Watch
Vice-President Newportville Civic Association
Christopher Mazullo, Legal Council
Born in Philadelphia in 1969, Chris has been a Doylestown resident since 1970. Chris, his wife, Michele, and their five children, are all active members of their community. Chris and Michele are proud supporters of their children’s educational and extra-curricular interests. Chris has coached Lenape Valley football, Doylestown Athletic Association baseball and Central Bucks Athletic Association basketball since 2005. Chris is currently a member of the Board of Directors for CBAA Basketball.
Chris earned his law degree from the Villanova University School of Law in 1997. He earned his B.S. from Temple University in 1993.
He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Chris is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association.
Chris co-founded Mazullo & Murphy, PC with Kevin Murphy in 2003. Chris and Kevin both graduated from Archbishop Wood High School and also attended the Villanova University School of Law together.
Chris is General Counsel for many local businesses. He also proudly volunteers as General Counsel and as a member of the Board of Directors on several area non-profit corporations, including the Nick DiMaria Foundation, Animal Lifeline, and the Pennsylvania Independent Waste Haulers Association. Chris also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lenape Valley Foundation and the Lenape Valley Trust. Chris currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Lenape Valley Foundation and was the recipient of the 2009 President’s Award with regard to his work in establishing the Lenape Valley Trust.
Jim Chrin Sr., Director
Jim Chrin Sr is employed by the Charles Chrin Companies. Jim along with his father, two brothers and his son Jim Jr. manage a group of companies such as hauling, landfill, agriculture, site contracting operations, major land developments and real estate holdings. Jim Sr. directs LEED Programs, recycling venues, performs environmental consulting, compliance issues, safety concerns and has 40 years in the solid waste business. As a 12 year member and director of the PIWHA, Jim Sr. realizes the importance of the independent waste and recycling haulers and their small businesses. He understands the everyday challenges that effect small waste companies and the ever changing legal and regulatory issues associated with their business.
Rob Berger, Director
Robert J. Berger III joined his family waste business in 1979 and has been President of Berger Sanitation, Inc. since 1998. Berger Sanitation, Inc. continues to be family owned and operated with four Berger family members working for the company. Robert has been a member of the Pennsylvania Independent Waste Haulers Association for over 15 years and has been a member of the board of directors since 2005.
His company, Berger Sanitation, Inc., is located in East Allen Township Pennsylvania. Berger Sanitation, Inc. has 20 employees and operates 15 trucks. Berger Sanitation, Inc. provides Residential Waste Services to customers in the townships of East Allen, Upper Nazereth, North Whitehall, Washington, Lynn, Lowhill and Weisenberg, Lehigh, Moore & Bushkill. The company also provides Commercial & Industrial Waste Removal Services to customers in Northhampton, Lehigh, Berks, Bucks, Carbon and Monroe Counties.