Longtime Commercial Driver Creates a Legacy in Downey

Commercial driver Adalberto Beto Gallegos in Downey.

Waste and recycling professionals work hard every day to protect the environment for all of us. We’ve all seen the drivers who collect our waste and recycling, but there are many more workers behind the scenes. All of them deserve our thanks for the work they do.

Commercial driver Adalberto Beto Gallegos in Downey.

Longtime Commercial Driver Creates a Legacy in Downey

Commercial Driver Adalberto “Beto” Gallegos has formed a deep connection with the city he serves and does this best to deliver quality service, The Athens Way.


Adalberto “Beto” Gallegos has been in the waste industry for 42 years—29 of which as the dedicated commercial driver in the City of Downey. What started off as a job because he loved to drive, has since blossomed into a career that has enabled Beto to form strong bonds with the people he serves. 

Many in the community know him by name. During the COVID-19 pandemic, his services week-after-week even brought a sense of normalcy during those unpredictable times. 

For Beto, it’s the simple greetings and friendly waves that make up the best parts of his day. After more than 40 years in the industry, he was asked if there are still aspects of the job that he finds challenging.

“Maybe getting in and out of the truck at the age of 61,” Beto joked.

Beto joined the Athens team two years ago as part of the CalMet Services acquisition. Like with most major life changes, he was nervous at first. However, he quickly found a home at Athens and a support network with Operations Supervisor Alvaro Gutierrez who has been very welcoming and has offered great guidance.

Alvaro says that Beto pays great attention to detail, is dedicated to his community, and is an all-around commendable person to work with.

Beto has lived in Gardena for more than 25 years with his wife Marisela. The couple will be celebrating 40 years together next year. They share three children, Lizet (37), Cynthia (33), and Alejandro (25). 

The Gallegos are a huge baseball family with Alejandro playing professionally in Mexico for Algodoneros de Unión Laguna and Beto being a lifelong Dodger fan. When he’s not watching baseball, Beto coaches a children’s league and on Sundays can be found watching his granddaughters play soccer.

Beto has been a great addition to the Athens family and his passion for his career is admirable. If you or someone you know is interested in cultivating a long-lasting career where you can make a difference, explore opportunities at AthensServices.com/Careers.

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